MAS Context Spring Talks 2016
Koldo Lus Arana


Video shot and edited by the Graham Foundation.


Lecture by Koldo Lus Arana as part of the MAS Context 2016 Spring Talks in Chicago. The lecture took place on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at the Graham Foundation. This lecture was presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation.


Architectural Narratives / Building stories

The relationship between architecture and graphic narrative is almost as old as the existence of mass media. From Le Corbusier’s early fascination with Rodolphe Töpffer’s comic strips, to Archigram’s and Utopie’s use of science fiction comic-book anthologies, comics have fascinated architects with their unique capacity to gather together communication, space, and movement. Nowadays, at a moment where digital imaging and video are cornering traditional media, comics and graphic narrative are enjoying a surprising revaluation. A look at architectural publications seems to point that way, showing an increasing interest on the different overlaps between architecture and graphic narrative. Moreover, the diversification of the discipline, paired with new publishing platforms offered by the internet, have fostered the appearance of architectural practices that have adopted comics as a means of expression.

Architectural Narratives / Building stories will present some of Koldo Lus Arana’s recent research on the interactions between comics and architecture, both from a historical perspective and exploring current overlaps: From the work of contemporary architects such as Jimenez Lai, Willem Jan Neutelings and many others who use comics and cartoons within their work, to the presence of architecture in comics such as those created by artists Chris Ware and François Schuiten.


Koldo Lus Arana is an architect, illustrator and architecture scholar. He earned a Master in Design Studies from Harvard GSD in 2008, and a PhD from the University of Navarra in 2013 with the dissertation Futuropolis: Comics and the Transmediatic Construction of the City of the Future. His main lines of research deal with the interactions between architecture and media, and with architectural prospective. He currently teaches Theory and History of Architecture in the University of Zaragoza (Spain).

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