Storyboard as a Representation of Urban Architectural Settings

Arif Rahman Wahid, Paramita Atmodiwirjo

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Narrative, as one of the closest aspect to human experience, is sometimes overlooked because of its subtlety with everyday life. The study of its representation, narratology, discusses the manner of selling space and time as a series of interconnected events instead of independent occurrences. It offers an interesting view in rethinking architecture, in particular, its representations. In architectural education, dialogue between the two fields will change the way the next generation architecture graduates tell their ideas. Current architecture schools should not be looked as factories that produce only future architects. It is proven by the fact that some, if not most, graduates will have jobs other than professional architects. They may work as set designers, filmmakers, artists, or invent their own field. Architecture schools, at their best, are more about how to ensure the students can perform spatial thinking and expressing their ideas through representation. All of these circumstances lead to the importance of multidisciplinary discourse in architecture education. This paper aims to explore the potential of storyboarding practice in Basic Design 2 studio as part of architectural education at University of Indonesia. Adopting a narrative element, storyboard in this studio is used to read urban architectural settings and retell everyday life events; scene by scene, unfold in space and time, through different kinds of creative representations. By doing this exercise, the students' sense of spatial arrangement is developed by their understanding of position and orientation of objects settings. They also learned about how the time works; both in compressed or expanded ways. Decision-making in choosing the key events within the storyboard plays a role in making engaging visuals. In conclusion, storyboarding exercise to represent urban architectural settings will enhance the students' sensitivity of space, time, and how their ideas are being told by making a rich, multi-layers of narrative.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventInternational Conference on Architectural Education in Asia (eduARCHsia 2017) - ID, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 1 Jan 2018 → …


ConferenceInternational Conference on Architectural Education in Asia (eduARCHsia 2017)
Period1/01/18 → …


  • Narrative, Representation, Storyboard, Multidisciplinary, Architecture education.


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