Archinect - News 2015-11-25T03:16:12-05:00 Pedro E. Guerrero spotlighted in latest episode of PBS' "American Masters", premiering Sept. 18 Justine Testado 2015-09-18T09:32:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:39:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Photographers who shoot the work of famous artists are rarely celebrated in their own right...'Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer&rsquo;s Journey'...tracks the career of Pedro E. Guerrero (1917-2012), a Mexican American photographer from Mesa, Arizona, who, at age 22, got his first job taking photos for Wright during the construction of his Taliesin West complex...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out a preview of the documentary below.</p><p>More about architectural photography on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Pedro Guerrero, FLW's photographer, Dies at 95" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pedro Guerrero, FLW's photographer, Dies at 95</a></p><p><a title="Pedro E. Guerrero: Frank Lloyd Wright's photographer" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pedro E. Guerrero: Frank Lloyd Wright's photographer</a></p><p><a title="H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Binet celebrates first U.S. exhibit at WUHO with the 2015 Julius Shulman Institute Photography Award" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Binet celebrates first U.S. exhibit at WUHO with the 2015 Julius Shulman Institute Photography Award</a></p><p><a title="Uncle Wolfgang" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncle Wolfgang</a></p><p><a title='"Building Images" exhibition revives the power of imagery in architecture ' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Building Images" exhibition revives the power of imagery in architecture</a></p><p><a title="How Iwan Baan Became the Most Wanted Photographer in Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Iwan Baan Became the Most Wanted Photographer in Architecture</a></p> "Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect" documentary announced for 2016 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-14T12:22:00-04:00 >2015-08-19T07:43:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wavelength Pictures, a London-based production company, has been awarded <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">grant funding by the Graham Foundation</a> to put out "Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect", a feature-length documentary about the eponymous, Pritzker Prize-winning Irish-American architect. Wavelength has previously produced features profiling architects Oscar Niemeyer and Rem Koolhaas, among other artists, but this will be its first documentary.</p><p>Roche's career has been a long and storied one &ndash; at 93, he is still working at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates LLC</a>, the firm he founded out of Eero Saarinen's office after his death. Roche first moved from Ireland to study architecture with&nbsp;Mies van der Rohe at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Illinois Institute of Technology</a>, and has since compiled an impressive portfolio of institutional and corporate projects, spanning over the past half-century.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The film uses Roche's lengthy career to discuss many issues contemporary to architecture in the 20th century and its development into the 21st. Fitt...</p> "Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation" showcases the collaborative efforts to finish Gaudí's towering basilica Nicholas Korody 2015-04-02T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-06-05T11:16:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;What makes [the project] exceptional is the reduction of authorship to a team,&rdquo; says the architect Mark Burry in&nbsp;<em>Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation</em>, a new film by Stefan Haupt documenting the history, present, and future of perhaps the world&rsquo;s most famous construction site: the Sagrada Fam&iacute;lia in Barcelona.&nbsp;Premiering Friday at the Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the film is a thoughtful, slow-paced consideration of the Antoni Gaud&iacute;-designed basilica that has taken over a century to build. In an era in which the architect and their oeuvre often seem to overshadow the singular work itself, the film stands out as a study of various individuals who have, in many cases, devoted their entire lives to a project that they may never see completed.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Paralleling the deferral of authorship by Gaud&iacute;, those currently involved in the project appear uniquely devoted to the larger project, even at the expense of their own exposure. Almost like a stage play, the film introduces a series of character...</p> The Panama Canal Gets "Supersized" Nicholas Korody 2015-03-25T11:10:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:33:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over a hundred years ago, the first ships passed from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Panama Canal. One of the greatest engineering feats ever, the Panama Canal is entering a new stage in its history in order to stave off the threat of obsolescence presented by &ldquo;post-Panamax&rdquo; ships, or vessels larger than the size constraints of the Canal. An engaging episode of the History Channel&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Modern Marvels </em></a>series, &nbsp;&ldquo;Panama Canal Supersized&rdquo; documents the herculean efforts of engineers and thousands of workers to construct a new passage through the Americas that will radically change the global economy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world by the American Society of Civil Engineers, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the original Panama Canal</a> took over a decade to complete. Since the early 16th century, there were several attempts to cut through the American continent in order to facilitate faster trade, eventually leading to a failed effort by the French in the late 19th century. The United States p...</p> New documentary showcases Bolivia's “spaceship architecture” Alexander Walter 2015-02-23T13:29:00-05:00 >2015-03-04T17:42:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect Freddy Mamani Silvestre&rsquo;s extravagant urban mansions&nbsp;in El Alto, Bolivia, have been derided&nbsp;as kitschy-looking&nbsp;cohetillos,&nbsp;meaning &ldquo;spaceships&rdquo;&mdash;giving his work the nickname &ldquo;spaceship architecture.&rdquo; But the admirers of Freddy Mamani, as he is generally known, say his colorful&nbsp;&ldquo;new Andean&rdquo; style has also served to reinvent a city once aesthetically monochromatic, and that he has found a way to bring traditional Andean and Tiwanaku cultures into an urban setting.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Neo-Andean' architecture sprouts in Bolivia</a></p> Christopher Hawthorne reflects on the spatial design in "Citizenfour" and other Oscar nominees Alexander Walter 2015-02-23T13:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-23T15:51:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Citizenfour," in fact, enlarges and underlines ideas about architecture, privacy and culture that run more subtly through a number of Oscar nominees. Several [...] movies exploit the dramatic appeal of the constricted, labyrinthine, tightly packed, claustrophobic or paranoid space: the crowded backstage corridors of "Birdman" by Alejandro G. I&ntilde;&aacute;rritu; the tunnels, hallways and dollhouse-like spaces of Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel"; the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Ava DuVernay's "Selma."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: Julia Ingalls' <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Material Witness</em></a> series on Archinect</p> Editor's Picks #404 Nam Henderson 2015-02-13T13:37:00-05:00 >2015-02-15T21:13:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;argued for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Genius of David Byrne</a>&nbsp;who she likens to "<em>the deadpan docent of the infrastructural realm</em>".</p><p><strong>&nbsp;vado retro</strong> dropped by and chimed in "<em>most of these lyrics were written before i ever attended architecture school and that was a very long time ago. i read a similar essay about byrne and architecture around the time True Stories came out. fa fa fafa fa fa fafa fa fa.</em>"</p><p>Plus, on the occasion of the release of Oyler Wu Collaborative&rsquo;s (OWC) newly released book, 'Trilogy: SCI-Arc Pavilions', <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a>&nbsp;attended an exhibit featuring some personal hand drawings by Dwayne Oyler.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Therein he writes</a> "<em>The release of the new OWC book gave the firm a chance to also exhibit some of Dwayne Oyler&rsquo;s personal hand drawings...Dwayne Oyler, who worked for a period with Lebbeus Woods, has a deeply instilled drawing pedigree that continues to prosper in his work today</em>".&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David J Pearson</a>&nbsp;wanted "<em>to hear more about the influence</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>Jon Jerde <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">has</a> died.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;eulogized "<em>He was un...</em></p> New documentary portraits Sérgio Bernardes, Brazil's almost forgotten star Alexander Walter 2015-01-12T13:45:00-05:00 >2015-01-12T14:42:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>S&eacute;rgio Bernardes was a star of 60s Brazil, a brilliant architect and a mesmerising man. And then almost forgotten. His grandson has made a film to discover what happened</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Archiculture, a documentary film that explores the architectural studio, premieres online Archinect 2014-12-18T06:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T22:41:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Archiculture takes a thoughtful, yet critical look at the architectural studio. The 25-minute film offers a unique glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of a group of students finishing their final design projects. Interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators help create crucial dialog around the key issues faced by this unique teaching methodology and the built environment these future architects will create.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read our interview with filmmakers David Krantz and Ian Harris about the film, from 9 years ago (!!!) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Documentary to Explore Racial Discrimination in Transportation Planning Alexander Walter 2014-10-30T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T20:06:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beavercreek, Ohio, nabbed its own infamous place in civil rights history last year, when the Federal Highway Administration ruled that the suburb had violated anti-discrimination laws by blocking bus service from nearby Dayton. [...] The Beavercreek case illustrates larger, more widespread problems with America&rsquo;s transportation system [...]. The Kirwan Institute is producing a one-hour documentary exploring the Beavercreek case and how racism can influence transportation decision making.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Anatomy of a Building: “Sancaklar Mosque” Archinect 2014-10-21T14:43:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T15:00:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Depicting the Sancaklar Mosque, commissioned by Sancaklar Foundation and designed by EAA -- Emre Arolat Architects, this film is a semi-documentary salute to this distinguished example of modern architecture, which stands out among Turkey's Islamic places of worship dominated by historicist building typologies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>SGMStudio&nbsp;(Sarraf | Galeyan | Mekanik)&nbsp;has filmed a short documentary on EAA &ndash; Emre Arolat Architects&rsquo; Sancaklar Mosque -a building that stands out as one of the rare examples of modern architecture among Turkey's Islamic places of worship.&nbsp;SGMStudio&rsquo;s &ldquo;Sancaklar Mosque&rdquo;&nbsp;premiered at Architecture Week Prague and will be on display until October 12th as part of EAA&rsquo;s exhibition. Concurrently, the film will be available online.</p><p>Known for its works at the 1st Istanbul Design Biennial&rsquo;s &ldquo;Musibet&rdquo; exhibition and cooperations with various NGO's focusing on the built environment, creative media practice&nbsp;SGMStudio&nbsp;visualized the transformation of steel, concrete and stone into a place of worship in the&nbsp;&ldquo;Sancaklar Mosque&rdquo;&nbsp;film by following every step of the way, from the start of the mosque&rsquo;s construction until its inauguration.</p><p>Sancaklar Mosque, commissioned by Sancaklar Foundation, is a distinguished example of modern architecture that stands out among Turkey's Islamic places of worship domi...</p> Cathedrals of Culture: the documentary that tries – and fails – to find the souls of buildings Archinect 2014-10-01T20:26:00-04:00 >2014-10-09T18:29:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wim Wenders and a team of directors attempt to show &lsquo;the soul of buildings&rsquo;, from the Pompidou Centre to the most humane prison in the world, in 3D. But their sickly-sweet results feel more like a series of vapid promo videos</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hunts Point | Memories of the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T14:51:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:31:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In collaboration with fifteen poets and community activists from StartUp Box South Bronx, I recently created Memories of the Future, a location-based cinema project viewed on mobile phones. The group experimented with spoken word poetry, site specific performance, and on-site spectatorship to reframe the predominant view of Hunts Point and speak about possibilities for its future from a position of power.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Koolhaas guides viewers through bustling Lagos in this interactive documentary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-24T18:51:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T19:19:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The documentary <em><a href="!/project/lagos-wide-and-close-web/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lagos Wide and Close - An Interactive Journey into an Exploding City</a></em><a href="!/project/lagos-wide-and-close-web/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>,</em></a>&nbsp;arose from Rem Koolhaas' 2001 visit to Lagos, Nigeria with filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak, hoping to document a phase in one of Africa's fastest growing cities. The doc's unique direction allows viewers to switch between two video and three audio channels in realtime, mixing and matching different perspectives on the city. At once documenting Lagos from the personal perspective of bus driver Olawole Busayo ("Close"), and an aerial urban view ("Wide"), the interactive piece samples from Busayo's daily journey, interviews with Lagos' citizens, and comments by Koolhaas.</p><p>After visiting in 2001, Koolhaas continued to research Lagos throughout the early 'aughts with the Project on the City at Harvard's GSD, leading to the interactive documentary's release on DVD in 2004. The film is now <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">available to experience online</a>, where viewers can take full advantage of the multi-modal storytelling, and flip through ...</p> By 2011, Atlanta Had Demolished All of Its Public Housing Projects. Where Did All Those People Go? Alexander Walter 2014-05-09T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T22:58:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For most of the 20th century, Atlanta was known for its public housing. The city had pioneered the concept in the 1930s [...] Two decades later, that proportion has fallen all the way to zero. [...] Looking at these two decades of rapid residential change, Atlanta native and filmmaker King Williams is looking for an answer to a seemingly obvious question. With his in-production documentary The Atlanta Way, Williams asks: Where did all of these people end up?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Competition: a documentary that exposes how 'starchitects' really work Archinect 2014-05-08T15:04:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T02:25:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Competition, which has its UK premiere at the Barbican tonight, follows the trials and tribulations of five stellar practices competing in a doomed bid to build a new national museum for Andorra, back in 2009. As the global financial crisis hit rock-bottom, no job was too small for architects whose dreams of dotting Middle Eastern deserts with their snazzy signatures had been revealed as a hopeless mirage.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> “Unfinished Spaces” documentary receives 2014 SAH Award for Film and Video Justine Testado 2014-04-18T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:42:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="535" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unfinished Spaces by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray continues to gain recognition since its initial release in 2011. In addition to previous grants and awards, the documentary film recently won the 2014 Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Award for Film and Video at the 2014 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. Established in 2013, the annual award is given to the most distinguished international work of film or video on the history of the built environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Reflective of its Cuban Revolution setting in 1961, Unfinished Spaces tells the complex tale of Cuba's historic National Art Schools project commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to visionary architects Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, and Roberto Gottardi. Construction of the school complex immediately began and artists from all over the country attended the school. But the project was abruptly halted as soon as the Revolution came to fruition.</p><p>Forty years later, the schools continue to operate but have remained unfinished. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finally complete their unrealized dream.</p><p><strong>See the official trailer below.</strong></p><p>Also check out Archinect's previous coverage of <em>Unfinished Spaces</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> PBS's "UNUSUAL SPACES" profiles Berlin-Tempelhof Airport, "The Mother of All Airports" Archinect 2014-03-11T17:27:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:10:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the center of the sprawling metropolis of Germany's capital, Berlin-Tempelhof Airport stands as both a monument to a darker era in Germany's past and a link to its future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Built on an airfield where the Wright Brothers once demonstrated their Flyer before a captive European audience, Tempelhof Airport was conceived by the leaders of the Third Reich as a architectural testament to the boundless ambition of German supremacy. Captured by the Soviet Army in 1945 before it could be completed, turned over to American forces following the Conference at Yalta, and then serving as West Berlin's lifeline to the free world during the Cold War, the airport was a central set piece in 20th century history.</p><p>After decades of dwindling postwar commercial operation following the construction of other regional airports, a referendum for its closure was narrowly approved in the mid-2000s. Since its official closure in 2008, however, a dramatic new vision for the airport has emerged...</p> Steven Holl Architects presents two new films with Spirit of Space on the Sifang Art Museum Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-11T15:39:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:15:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Perhaps you remember <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space's <em>Art in the City</em> film</a> from back in summer of 2013, meditating on the interplay between city life and public art in Chicago. More recently, the architectural film-making creative agency produced two short films showcasing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl's work for the Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing, China</a>. SOS has previously worked with Steven Holl on five film pieces, featuring his work in both China and the U.S.</p><p>The films follow SOS's tried-and-true style -- one with Holl explaining to the camera his design choices, interspersed with languishing shots of the now-open museum:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sifang Art Museum: A Conversation with Steve Holl</a></p><p>...and a second, more contemplative film that in turn dwells on the architecture itself:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sifang Art Museum</a></p> "Modern Ruin" documents the rise, fall, and revival efforts of historic New York State Pavilion Justine Testado 2014-02-11T13:34:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T14:31:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>So continues the battle of saving neglected pavilions from their ultimate fate of destruction. <em>MODERN RUIN: A World's Fair Pavilion</em> by filmmaker and film educator <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matthew Silva</a> tells the eventful tale of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion in the last 50 years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The film starts with the pavilion's debut during the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, to its post-fair use in the '60s-'70s as a concert venue and roller-skating rink, followed by its gradual demise since then -- including efforts in recent years for the structure's preservation.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Silva set up a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> to gain support for post-production of the film's final cut. At this point, the fund already surpassed its initial goal of $10,000 and now has 12 days left to reach its stretch goal of $30,000. The extra money will give Silva access to more archival material on the pavilion and will let him collaborate with other professional filmmakers to improve the film's production quality.</p><p>Featuring interviews from nearly two dozen ind...</p> Louvre Lens - Iwan Baan, the interview Archinect 2013-10-23T19:50:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T22:11:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the most widely published photographers of contemporary architecture, Iwan Baan is noted for his documentary images that narrate the life and interactions occurring within architecture. His approachable photos focused on the portrayal of people in the sociocultural context of architecture intrigue such clients as Rem Koolhaas, Toyo Ito and Zaha Hadid, but also The New York Times, Domus or Abitare.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Short History of the Highrise - A fascinating and beautifully crafted interactive documentary Archinect 2013-10-08T12:13:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T20:17:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Watch a four-part interactive documentary about the fascinating past, present and future of high-rise living in cities around the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A Short History of the Highrise is an interactive documentary; a collaboration between the National Film Board of Canada and the NY Times.</p> <p> <strong>MUD, CONCRETE, GLASS and HOME:&nbsp; Director&rsquo;s Statement</strong></p> <p> Great Cities, throughout history, have been defined by their &ldquo;Great Buildings&rdquo;: spectacular temples, banks, palaces and cultural monuments.</p> <p> But a city&rsquo;s everyday urban fabric &#8209; ordinary residential highrise buildings &#8209; can tell us more than any other built form about a civilization&rsquo;s respect for humanity.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;ve spent the last five years documenting them and the lives inside them, as the director of the National Film Board of Canada&rsquo;s Emmy-winning project called HIGHRISE.</p> <p> About a year ago, the project took an unexpected turn. The New York Times Op-Docs video department&nbsp; called on us to collaborate on a new iteration of HIGHRISE. They gave me rare access to their remarkable repository of undigitized photographs, an archive affectionately known as the Morgue . With the help o...</p> Indie doc, Coast Modern, tracks West Coast modernism Archinect 2013-08-19T11:10:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T18:34:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="715" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Coast Modern is an independent documentary by directors Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome. Travelling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the film showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies. Stepping inside the most inspired dwellings on the west coast, we feel how the light and space of a classic Modernist home can work in collaboration with the natural environment.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Special documentary giveaway + 20% discount from Michael Blackwood Productions Sponsor 2013-08-13T11:09:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T19:50:58-04:00 <img src="" width="445" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Hey Archinectors! We're having another exciting giveaway, this time from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Blackwood Productions</a>, who is also giving a summer discount of 20% + free shipping for both institutional and individual clients until September 30.</p> <p> <em>To enter, simply fill out t<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his survey</a> by 11:59 PM Friday, August 30, 2013. Winners will be selected at random.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Michael Blackwood Productions is an independent film company founded in 1966 that has produced over 150 documentaries in the arts. They artfully document the creative individuals behind current innovations in dance, art, music, and of course architecture. Their films appear on international public TV and have become a valuable resource for educational and cultural institutions worldwide.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> In 1983, the company added architecture to their repertoire with "Beyond Utopia", a much-appreciated title in public TV and screenings in educational institutions. To date, they have released 44 films -- both monographs and surveys -- on architects an...</p> Archiculture, a documentary film following architecture students, to premiere later this month Archinect 2013-04-11T19:42:00-04:00 >2013-04-12T09:11:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Archiculture takes a thoughtful, yet critical look at the architectural studio. The film offers a unique glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of a group of students finishing their final design projects. Interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators help create crucial dialog around the key issues faced by this unique teaching methodology.</p></em><br /><br /><p> As some of you might recall, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">we interviewed the filmmakers back in 2008 (5 years ago!) here on Archinect</a>. Well, it seems that the world will finally see what they've been working on, starting with the world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 29th.</p> "Beyond Entropy Angola" Documentary Archinect 2013-02-27T18:40:00-05:00 >2013-02-27T18:41:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Documentary of the making of the first Angolan National Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. Shot over the Summer of 2012, it goes to show how one simple (and brilliant) idea may very well change the future sustainability of developing countries. And maybe the rest of the world as well.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> PBS architecture show to explore story behind Gehry-designed Ruvo clinic Alexander Walter 2012-12-20T12:56:00-05:00 >2012-12-24T15:23:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the Gehry story is about how Ruvo lost his father to Alzheimer's and wanted to bring a world-class architect to Las Vegas &hellip; if he could attract Gehry, maybe then he gets the Cleveland Clinic. Let&rsquo;s go after the best architect and then the best clinic.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Unfinished Spaces premieres tomorrow night on PBS; Archinect talks to the filmmaker Paul Petrunia 2012-10-11T17:54:00-04:00 >2012-10-14T15:54:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="535" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Unfinished Spaces, a film that we've previously&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">covered here on Archinect</a>, is a documentary about the ambitious Cuban National Art School project, conceived, and ultimately killed, by the revolutionary communist Cuban regime.&nbsp;</p> <p> In addition to an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">exhaustive schedule of screenings</a>, it will be televised, for the first time,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tomorrow night on PBS (10pm)</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> <em>In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school's first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished...</em></p> Herman's House Archinect 2012-10-05T12:59:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T13:06:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1972, Herman was serving a 25-year sentence for bank robbery when he was accused of murdering an Angola Prison guard and immediately thrown into solitary. Many believed he was wrongfully convicted. Then in 2001 he received a letter from art student Jackie Sumnell, who posed the provocative question: "What kind of house does a man who has lived in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?"</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY Archinect 2012-07-31T17:26:00-04:00 >2012-08-06T18:51:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to the charismatic artist, as well as his family and others close to him, while working as a journalist in Beijing. In the years she filmed, government authorities shut down Ai's blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention--while Time Magazine named him a runner-up for 2011's Person of the Year... Klayman's compelling documentary portrait is the inside story of a passionate dissident for the digital age...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>