I ‘ve just come from a rather fascinating meeting of the minds, this year’s Berlinale Keynotes, a conversation around urban cinema and architecture. Panelists included architects Norman Foster | Foster+Partners, London and Wolf D. Prix | COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Vienn, filmmakers Deyan Sudjic | DESIGN MUSEUM, London and Heinz Emigholz | Pym Films, Berlin, MK2 founder Marin Karmitz | MK2, Paris, and urban planner and branding specialist Li Edelkoort | Edelkoort Etc., Paris. The conversation focussed on the future of cinemas as urban spaces with three special presentations from Foster, Karmitz, and Prix. There is much to digest from this discussion, specifically connections between cinema and public space, impacts of the digital sphere on the social sphere, how cinemas can act as centers of urban space, as well as use of the cinema as a means for political and capital gains. I hope to further discuss this conversation later this evening. Expect the post to include ideas such as the airport as the future cinematic space, the use of surfaces as screens, and searching for cinemas future in its past. Right now I’ll indulge in some of that past at a rare screening of Fasbinder’s Rio das Mortes.