The BIG Abstract; A conversation with Morgan Neville, Director/Producer of Abstract's Bjarke Ingels Documentary on Netflix
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've already heard about Abstract, Netflix's incredible new documentary series on design. This week we're talking to Abstract's executive producer, Morgan Neville, who also directed the episodes featuring Bjarke Ingels and Christoph Niemann.As one of the... View full entry
Watch "Ex of IN House," an unusual, compelling new video from Steven Holl
Poetry, abstracted Venn diagrams of spheres, and a love for natural materials are just some of the components that go into this video from Steven Holl, who acts as a kind of a hyper-thoughtful Huell Howser as he explores a gorgeous new home parented primarily by concept. Entitled "Ex of IN House,"... View full entry
Eero Saarinen documentary to air on PBS Dec. 27th
For those who are interested in seeing Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future (reviewed here on Archinect), they'll have their chance on December 27th when PBS airs the documentary as part of its American Masters Series. The film, which charts both Eero's professional and personal... View full entry
Surveying the failure of utopian ideals in Tokyo's Nakagin Capsule Tower
Despite its potential for easy refurbishment and adaptability, the Nakagin Capsule Tower has not exactly fulfilled the hoped-for mission of its designers. A team of documentary filmmakers recently attempted to stay in the tower, only to find the majority of its units without plumbing or much in... View full entry
A new documentary follows Jean Nouvel as he traverses the globe
“Every project is an adventure, is a passion,” states Jean Nouvel in a new documentary that follows the Pritzker Prize-winning architect as he travels around the world. The fifteen-minute film, titled Jean Nouvel: Reflections, includes reflections by Nouvel on the major achievements of his... View full entry
One-to-One #39 with Tomas Koolhaas, filmmaker and son of Rem
Tomas Koolhaas is a filmmaker in Los Angeles, whose most recent project, a documentary about his father Rem, recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival. REM follows its titular architect around the world, visiting his projects and investigating their human impact. Aware of his special... View full entry
Watch the official trailer for Tomas Koolhaas' upcoming documentary, 'REM'
Perhaps no one is better situated to forge a behind-the-scenes look at Rem Koolhaas than his son, Tomas Koolhaas. The LA-based filmmaker just wrapped up 'REM', a documentary about his father as he travels the world and reflects on his work.Related: Listen to Tomas Koolhass talk about REM on... View full entry
Stahl House documentary plagued by extortion, suicide, and lawsuits
The Los Angeles Business Journal reports in this week's issue that the filmmaker, Steven Slomkowski, sought to get out of the project after the suicide of Mark Stahl, one of three siblings who control the property, also renowned in architecture lore as Case Study Home #22. Slomkowski sued in 2014, alleging that the surviving siblings, Bruce and Shari Stahl, got cold feet over depictions of Mark and their late father, Buck. The Stahls countersued...
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When it's not involved in documentary-driven legal feuds, the iconic Stahl House frequently serves as a backdrop for a variety of fictional films, including Atom Egoyan's "Where The Truth Lies," and "Galaxy Quest:"For more on the intersection between architecture and cinema:"The Dessau Bauhaus"... View full entry
Learning from our "biological elders": take a look at this short documentary on "Biomimicry"
The idea is that perhaps we should be looking at these mentors, at these biological elders. They have figured out how to create a sustainable world. So rather than inventing it from scratch, why don’t we take our cues from them?
Watch the full video here, "brought to you" by none other than Leo DiCaprio:For more information on biomimicry, take a look at some past Archinect articles or visit the documentary website:"Architecture Follows Nature" lecture focuses on biomimicry and collaborative researchHuman organ-mimicking... View full entry
60 Minutes profiles Bjarke Ingels, the "Starchitect"
The culture at BIG is intense but in off-hours, blowing off steam dressed as your favorite comic book hero isn't uncommon. That's the boss armed with a gun full of tequila.
Bjarke Ingels: The way we work is maybe unlike certain architects that have a very particular style where it is the auteur. It has to be the design principal who makes the strokes of genius. I don't have to come up with the best idea. It is my job to make sure that it is always the best idea that wins.
Looking for even BIGger news on Archinect? Here are a few recent stories to begin with:A closer look at BIG's West 57th Street "courtscraper"Serpentine unzips Bjarke Ingels' Pavilion and 4 Summer HousesBIG in Paris: Bjarke Ingels to design for Galeries Lafayette on Champs-Élysées View full entry
"The Dessau Bauhaus" documentary now available on YouTube
"Does the Bauhaus really offer total liberty, or is it a place of oppression where all intimacy in banished, and the group triumphs over the individual?" asks the narrator midway through the English version of the acclaimed documentary The Dessau Bauhaus. The 28-minute film about Walter Gropius'... View full entry
Pedro E. Guerrero spotlighted in latest episode of PBS' "American Masters", premiering Sept. 18
Photographers who shoot the work of famous artists are rarely celebrated in their own right...'Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’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...
Check out a preview of the documentary below.More about architectural photography on Archinect:Pedro Guerrero, FLW's photographer, Dies at 95Pedro E. Guerrero: Frank Lloyd Wright's photographerHélène Binet celebrates first U.S. exhibit at WUHO with the 2015 Julius Shulman Institute Photography... View full entry
"Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect" documentary announced for 2016
Wavelength Pictures, a London-based production company, has been awarded grant funding by the Graham Foundation 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... View full entry
"Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation" showcases the collaborative efforts to finish Gaudí's towering basilica
“What makes [the project] exceptional is the reduction of authorship to a team,” says the architect Mark Burry in Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation, a new film by Stefan Haupt documenting the history, present, and future of perhaps the world’s most famous construction site: the Sagrada... View full entry
The Panama Canal Gets "Supersized"
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 “post-Panamax” ships, or... View full entry