Chris Rogers writer on architecture and visual culture

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Beyond the Frame was a monthly, twelve-article series written for The Big Picture on the relationship between architecture and film. Subjects includes sets, lost architecture, visions of the future and differing scales of architectural space in film. Selected pieces were also published in the print magazine.

Trehearne Architects donated their historic project archive to Chris, comprising thousands of IBM-format aperture cards and dozens of rolls of 35mm film holding microfiche copies of plans and other material. It awaits indexing and further exploration, both of which will require funding.

For Excuses and Half Truths, the blog of colourist and writer Rob Wickings, Chris analysed the seminal anime series Bubble Gum Crisis, about an armoured-suit-wearing, all-female vigilante group fighting a corrupt corporation in the Japan of the future.

More for The Big Picture, this time a series called Brand X about fictional brands in films. Each piece adopts a different format, such as flying car review in the style of a car magazine, a stock market report from the future using companies from science fiction films and a Wired-esque interview with Eldon Tyrell from Blade Runner.

A two-part analysis (for Excuses and Half Truths again) of why the three Patlabor anime films say as much about the socio-political history of Japan over the past 40 years as they do about the future in which they are set.

A piece on World War Z for Little White Lies, looking at the making of the film and the aims behind it in the context of other apocalyptic films.

This piece for Excuses and Half Truths assesses the sublime Miami Vice, Michael Mann's 2006 film version of the television crime series that made his name. An exceptional work, it is here given an in-depth analysis.

For the London Festival of Architecture 2017, Chris worked with AukettSwanke on their display at the Royal Exchange showing how the firm's constituent practices have deployed and defined the atrium in their City of London projects over the last 40+ years. Eight purpose-designed 'totems' each covered one aspect of this subject. The imagery drew on the Aukett archives and the text quoted from Chris's research paper on atriums written for the Twentieth Century Society's forthcoming Journal. The location was chosen because of its own place in this architectural history. (Photo: Agnese Sanvito)

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