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Frontiers of Architectural Research

Front. Archit. Res.    2019, Vol. 8 Issue (2) : 164-174     https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foar.2019.01.004
RESEARCH ARTICLE
Narratives of a lost space: A semiotic analysis of central courtyards in Iranian cinema
Hamed Goharipour()
College of Architecture, Planning, and Design, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
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Abstract

Most constructions in Iranian cities today neglect the traditional principles of design, particularly the rules on spatial hierarchy. This interdisciplinary study deploys cinematic analysis to understand the multidimensional aspects of architectural spaces and to investigate the different functions of the “central courtyard,” an important space in traditional Iranian architecture. In addition, this study demonstrates how films provide a perspective for architects to improve their understanding of the dynamics of space. A semiotic analysis of two films, namely, “The Deer” (1974) and “Mum's Guest” (2004), reveals that the central courtyard creates a sequence between public and private realms and, as a semi-private space, provides time and opportunities for residents to react to outside events. Spatial fluidity and connectivity, collaborative activities, and empathy can be the other outcomes of this space, in which residents become familiar with one another's lives.

Keywords Architecture      Central courtyard      Peircean semiotics      Film      City      Tehran     
Corresponding Authors: Hamed Goharipour   
Issue Date: 12 August 2019
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Hamed Goharipour. Narratives of a lost space: A semiotic analysis of central courtyards in Iranian cinema[J]. Front. Archit. Res., 2019, 8(2): 164-174.
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http://journal.hep.com.cn/foar/EN/Y2019/V8/I2/164
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