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...
— LA Observed
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
Brighton's Embassy Court by Wells Coates featured in new film
Earlier this year, photographer Baker took us on an odyssey through two icons of Modernism in the UK by Wells Coates: London’s Isokon building and Brighton’s Embassy Court. Now he’s teamed up with director Alex Simpson to create a mini-documentary, The Legacy of Wells Coates.
The Isokon was once home to Soviet spies, Agatha Christie and Modernist émigrés including the founder of Bauhaus school, Walter Gropius.
Find more tales of form following function here:A 'hidden' Mies van der Rohe masterpiece receives funding for renovationA tall order? Wooden skyscraper could become Britain's second tallest buildingWorking Out of the Box: Jader Almeida"African Modernism: Architecture of Independence" showcases a... View full entry
Bêka & Lemoine's cinematic canon acquired by MoMA
The way a building is envisioned to interact with people versus the way it actually does can be dramatically different, which is why the 16 films of Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine are both aesthetically stunning and humanistically delightful. MoMA has acquired the pair's entire collection of work... View full entry
Designing "a dystopian edge" into the 1970s consumerism of J.G. Ballard's "High-Rise"
graphic artists Michael Eaton and Felicity Hickson designed a wide range of props, from books and cigarette packs to the entire contents of a supermarket ... to help cement the look and feel of 1970s apartment living [...]
the film follows Dr Robert Laing ... as he adjusts to his new life as a tenant on the 25th floor and explores the relationships between the building’s various social groups and the tribal mentalities that emerge as the tower gradually descends into chaos.
In any discussion of poor doors, newly urbanized class structures, or gentrification, there's a spot for J.G. Ballard's "High-Rise" (1975). Check out the trailer for the film adaptation, directed by Ben Wheatley, below. View full entry
Experience architecture, garden design and private homes in a brand new way
This post is brought to you by Visiotecture GmbH. An exciting new digital video magazine promises to keep architecture enthusiasts on the edge of their seats. Admirers of innovative architecture, garden design and interior design are guaranteed to be drawn to a brand new digital offering... View full entry
A “terrible, enjoyable bloody business”: the influential films of Charles and Ray Eames
As a new exhibition at the Barbican in London shows, by the mid 1950s [Charles and Ray Eames] were producing films and multimedia presentations that are as much part of their formal and intellectual legacy as their furniture or the glass-walled Eames house itself. [...]
the Eameses never conceived of the hundred or so films they made as movies per se, or even as experimental films. “They’re just attempts to get across an idea,” Charles claimed
Watch a select few of the Eames' "hundred or so" films below:"House" (1955):"Tops" (1969):"Powers of 10" (1977): View full entry
3(00) feet and rising: an aerial video tour of London
"O, giddy London," Morrissey once sang about the city which has been serially (and gorgeously) aerially filmed by Jason Hawkes. Hawkes has shared his professional-grade footage from September 2015 in this video that surveys the twilit glitter of the Gherkin, the watery sweep of the Thames, and, of... View full entry
Wim Wenders discusses the role of architecture and landscape in his films
I slowly became more and more of a storyteller and less and less of a painter until I embraced film-making as the only profession that really included everything I liked. It was photography and architecture, music and writing and acting—everything I liked together into one package that was called “film-making”.
— The Economist
In an interview with The Economist, film director Wim Wenders speaks about the relationship of landscape and architecture in his work, and how focusing on a scene absent of anyone often amplifies the stories of everyone. "I try to make places tell their stories about us," he says. Indeed: from... View full entry
7th annual Architecture & Design Film Festival coming to New York in October
From October 13-18, check out 33 films being screened for limited time as part of the Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York City. Taking place at a few select theaters in Chelsea, the Festival will screen films featuring Bjarke Ingels "8 House", London's infamous brutalist Barbican... 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
Feast your eyes on Do Ho Suh's immersive home installations in this short film
Seoul-based cinematographer and photographer Nils Clauss put together a new film highlighting the works of esteemed sculptor and installation artist Do Ho Suh. Suh's site-specific pieces play with the boundaries of identity and revolve around the physical and metaphorical malleability of space... View full entry
Future cities of the past
But supplementing that aesthetic of “the future” sketched in imaginary edifice, the full SF vision of the future city is a mosaic, constructed from fragments of the cities that we recognize, including symbols that are decidedly from the past. [...]
If SF functions by taking the world we know and altering it with a constructed future fantasy, the Statue of Liberty serves as the junction point, the axis where the speculative fantasy begins and ends.
Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience
It’s a Thursday morning in Beijing, and the world’s most famous living artist, Ai Weiwei, is sitting with one of the world’s most controversial technologists, Jacob Appelbaum, in the second-floor lobby of the East Hotel. [...]
On a whim, Ai suggests that they call Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living for the last two years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. [...]
Ai and Assange talk for several minutes about the mundanities of the dissident life.
FILM: The Northparker signals change in a once-blighted San Diego district
Breadtruck Films captures a glimpse of The Northparker's impact in the booming Northpark neighborhood of San Diego in the nearly 6.5-minute film, "The Northparker". Designed by architect/developer Jonathan Segal, the monolithic mixed-use structure has 27 stylish residential units tucked inside in... 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