Renee Tobe

Dr Renee Tobe

Subject Leader

Architecture and Sustainability

Department of Architecture & Visual Arts , School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE)

Dr Renée Tobe fosters debate, supports students to make calculated decisions, and encourages engagement in responsible and practical research. She focuses on critical thinking and critical practice, imaginative decision making, indeterminacy, and strategy.

Areas Of Interest

Renée Tobe's investigations into the nature of the relationship of architecture and its representation in film grants a deeper understanding of how architecture in film illuminates both architecture and the culture that produces it. Dr Tobe lectures in History and Theory to Year 1 students, introducing precedents, and poetic concepts and expressions of space and place.

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OVERVIEW

Renée Tobe's investigations into the nature of the relationship of architecture and its representation in film grants a deeper understanding of how architecture in film illuminates both architecture and the culture that produces it. Establishing a place is the fundamental task of architecture; the first task of architecture is to mark our place in the world. Architecture mediates the dialectics of dwelling and remoteness, belonging and estrangement. Realisation and expression of this exchange forms the basis for Architectural understanding.

A current Research Project entitled 'The University and the City' investigates the synergies between the two to produce a toolkit to guide University development with limited capital investment. Dr Tobe lectures in History and Theory to Year 1 students, introducing precedents, and poetic concepts and expressions of space and place.

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • "Sex Happens; A phenomenological reading of the casual encounter" in Writing the Modern City, Routledge, 2011.
  • Architecture and Justice, Judicial Expressions in the Spatial Realm, editor, Ashgate Press, 2011
  • The City and the University, Research Project collaborative with Urban Design Research Group, Nottingham University

PUBLICATIONS

Architecture Journals and Published Work

  • "Modernist Noir" in Perspectives, Winter 2007
  • "Port Bou and Two Grains of Wheat: In Remembrance of Walter Benjamin" in Architectural Theory Review, Summer 2005
  • "Westminster Cathedral Drawings" in Architect Journal, 12 October 1995
  • "Rest Home" in Themes VI Intuition and Process, (London: Architectural Association, 1989)
  • Brayford Pool Development Framework (2009) R. Tobe and K. Borsi, Lincoln: Lincoln University Press
  • Chapter in Book "Walter Benjamin and Two Grains of Wheat", in Walter Benjamin and Architecture (2009) ed. G. Hartoonian, London: Routledge
  • "The Inhuman One: the Mythology of the Architect as Realisateur" in Architecture and Authorship, (2006) London: Black Dog Publishing
  • "Architectural Grounding in Miller's Elektra; Temporality and Spatiality in the Graphic Novel" in Contemporary Literary Criticism 278 (2006) London: Gale
  • "Frightening and Familiar; David Lynch's Twin Peaks and the North American Suburb" in Visual Culture and Tourism (2003) Oxford: Berg
  • "The Ladies' Cabinet" in Disrupted Borders; an intervention in definitions of boundaries, ed. S. Gupta (1993) London: Rivers Oram Press

Published Books

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  • The Humanities in Architectural Design, (2009) ed. N. Temple, R. Tobe, J. Lomholt, Soumyen Bandyopadhyay London: Routledge
  • Film, Architecture and Spatial Imagination, (2017) R. Tobe, London: Routledge
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Refereed Journal Articles

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  • "Plato and Hegel at Home" in arq (11:1) 2007
  • "Time and narrative in sequential art; Frank Miller's Elektra: Assassin" in ImageText, 2006
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TEACHING

BSc (Hons) Architecture (ARB/RIBA)

The heart of the course is the design studio, where you'll learn the strategies of architectural design through hands-on design project work. You'll also learn from lectures, and from reading and writing designed to stimulate your creative mind.

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