There’s been a flurry of activity in the world of film and architecture this week. Notable LA filmmaker and film critic Thom Andersen released his unconventional documentary Reconversão about last year’s Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Moura and their mutual fascination — one you know we share — with abandoned spaces, contemporary ruins and the societal conflicts that create them. Add to that an intriguing Kickstarter for Great Spaces, a web series by four young design enthusiasts exploring the world one space at a time, showed up in our inbox and persuaded us to champion their worthy cause.
To celebrate the very best of multidisciplinary mash-ups, we thought we’d take a look at some of the fantastic films about architects that have been made over the years. From one of the most inspiring films you will ever see about husband-wife creative powerhouse Charles and Ray Eames (notably narrated by our favorite art house badboy James Franco) to Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack’s look at America’s design darling, Frank Gehry, click through to check out our picks for must-see films focused on one of the most enigmatic and conflicted characters in the world: the architect.
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Six Architects is a series of minimalist posters by a designer who goes by Roosterization; his crisp black and white graphics simplify and recreate the work of some of modern architecture’s most famed structures — from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum to Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Building in Bangladesh. Click through to check them out, and let us know in the comments which one you’d like to hang on your walls.
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DesignGuide.com is an online community of designers, architects, engineers, and other masters of the organized universe.
What makes this web-based community unique is its dual focus on the practical and cultural threads of the design discourse. Its most media-savvy aspect is the DG Movie House — a sub-site and email digest dedicated to rare films and archival videos, including interviews with architectural icons IM Pei, Louis Kahn, and Frank Gehry, plus clips featuring everyone from Brad Pitt to the Monty Python crew.
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And in the process explains why he’s way more chill than the famed architect from Philly ever could be. It’s pretty cute. Also: I.M. Pei is 91. Doesn’t that blow your mind? [via DesignGuide]
Get your architecture-appreciating, pizza-hungry ass on Metro North and get out of town for a day. Why? New Haven is contemplative architecture at its best. From Louis Kahn’s quiet monuments to those ivy covered colleges, colonial churches to the most beautiful parking garage you’ll ever see, this is the antidote for New York’s flashy glass… Read More