Jan '05 - Apr '07
I just watched the Lars von Trier/Jorgen Leth documentary The Five Obstructions. It is amazing how similiar the film process is to the architectural process.
In short, von Trier and his creative mentor Leth play a game. Von Trier challenges Leth to remake his film The Perfect Human five times. Each time he gives Leth a set of obstructions. If Leth exposes a weakness, von Trier will punish him with a relevant obstruction. Watching the obstructed creative process is v. interesting.
I want to talk to my Studio Instructors about modeling an assignment on this film. Perhaps each student could be assigned an existing worthy building and have to re-design it with a set of obstructions. Imagine taking Villa Savoye and re-designing using obstructions such as no white, no right angles, the site is downtown etc.