3xShapes of Home
3xShapes of Home is a experimental video in the intersection between an essay film, a structural experiment and a visual poem. In this video, the filmmaker revisits her place of origin, the small village of Strengelvåg in the Arctic North of Norway. Over a period of two years, she explores through her camera, how the architectures and topographies of that place, that is: the mountains, oceans and built environments, has shaped the filmmaker´s attachment to her childhood place, as well as her thinking.
A Machine to Live in
A Machine to Live In is a hybrid documentary linking the cosmic power structures of the state to the mystical architecture of cults and utopian cities in the distant hinterlands of Brazil. This “sci-fi” documentary provides a complex portrait of life, poetry, and myth set against the backdrop of the space-age city of Brasília and a flourishing landscape of UFO cults and transcendental spaces.
A fictional city under siege, Amnesha considers the relationship between the coronavirus pandemic and the severe environmental pressures caused by the anthropocene, and playfully hints at an alternative, emerging future. Using webcam footage from around the world captured during the first lockdown to illustrate a short story inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, Amnesha presents a global snapshot of our changed relationship with the city.
APT(Apartments) are the most common and popular type of housing in Korea. Here, some-bodies are revolving around the convenient yet desolate, as some might say, apartment.
Architecture on the Edge: Nishizawa House
Nishizawa House by Ryue Nishizawa Instead of disappearing and becoming compliant with the surrounding territory, the works of Chilean architecture are sharply man-made, rough, cosmic and oceanic. These breathtaking designs are built on salt blankets in the desert, on the edge of oceans, cradled amongst mountains, and grasping to an earthquake prone land. Through truly stunning photography, Architecture on the Edge features some of the country's most engaging and celebrated buildings, and explores how Chilean architecture revels in pushing design to the very edge. The series includes Pritzker prize-winning architecture and architects from Chile.
A half a billion dollar project, a crushing architectural challenge, an impossible deadline, two warring political titans and a blind competition that chose - the wrong guy? A half a billion dollar project, a crushing architectural challenge and impossible deadline, two warring political titans and an architect who has never built anything. What could go wrong?
In 1982 the new French president Mitterrandopens a blind competition, to build anopera at the site of the notoriousBastille prison The jury seems to have found the best design, by prominent Americanarchitect Richard Meier. Or so they thought.
Until the Minister of Culture blanches andstumbles through the name Carlos Ott, Canadian. No one has heard of him and he hasnever built anything. They chose the wrong guy?
Hastily informed, Carlos flies to Pariswith an expired passport and is tossed into an airport holding cell forimmediate deportment. Official panic ensues. Things get worse from there.
But like French politics, nothing is whatit appears. A year later when Jacques Chirac is elected Prime Minister, he hatesMitterrand and works to stop the Opera When Carlos Ott receives Chirac`s stopwork order, the money is cut off. It seems that all the sacrifice is for naught.
Building Bastille is a feature lengthdocumentary that tells the comic, dramatic and tangled story of modernhistory’s greatest case of mistaken identity and seized opportunity.
D Fin House
This film explores the relationship between architecture and nature through minimalistic and meditative cinematography, using natural sounds of the environment as its soundtrack. Shot exclusively in natural light over the course of one day, the film highlights architect Craig Steely's work in Captain Cook, Hawaii.
Filmmaker Martijn Schinkel portrays "De Lentloper" a small modern bridge in Nijmegen (NL). This poetic, experimental short shows how a new bridge, his habitants, surroundings, and users become one for probably centuries to come.
Det krokiga och det raka
En film om arkitekten Carl Nyrèn
Så enkelt som möjligt! Det var den legendariske arkitekten Carl Nyréns motto, vare sig han ritade kyrkor eller skolor. Filmaren Sven Blume är på jakt efter sin morfar – och finner en framstående arkitekt. Med hjälp av egna familjefilmer och andras intervjuer har han gjort ett personligt porträtt av såväl den undflyende morfadern som av hans yrkesgärning.
Arkitekten och konstnären Le Corbusier ansåg att av världens kyrkor är Peterskyrkan, Notre Dame och Västerortskyrkan, ritad av Nyrén, de tre vackraste.
FLICKER STREET SKETCHES
Ett videoverk (Super-8 film) av Christopher Nelson, längd 37 min. Framförs med livemusik av Christopher Nelson (Samplingar och slagverk) Dick Heijkensköld (Kontrabas)
The film is about a project called Hage, a new public garden for Råängen. It has been designed by Norwegian architects Brendeland & Kristoffersen and is the first permanent work to be commissioned for Lunds Domkyrka, on the the church’s land on the outskirts of Lund. A project for Lunds Domkyrka, documented by HolsterGreen Studio and LangFilm.
Hage opened to the public in 2021. It is open to all, it is a response to the question of how to build a new community: start with social space.
Photo: Martin Lang
How are the challenges posed by the city structure in Mumbai met by its dwellers’ ability to innovate and adapt? ‘Jugaad’ is a Hindi word roughly translated as an innovative fix or an efficient solution that bends the rules. It represents a flexible approach towards cohabitation that is inseparable from the daily lives of Mumbaikars. With the absent of commentary and constant dialogue, this film invites the audience to experience the multi-layered cohabitation -- each group actively creates a space for themselves and generates their personal daily ritual when navigating through Mumbai.
Just a car park
Welbeck Street car park is a brutalist icon. A true one of a kind structure famous for its diamond-patterned facade. Despite this, the local council sold off the building in 2017 to make way for a luxury hotel. Demolition is now imminent.
Kalliopê and the syntropic path of the Muse
Kalliopē, the chief of all Muses, the daughter of Memory, is lost. Guided by the maternal figure of Mnēmosýnē, Kalliopē enters on a syntropic journey through the waters of the Hippocrene.
Film set in the neighborhood of Copacabana, elaborated through a collage of current and archive images (Super 8 and digital). An experimental work narrated by the significant speech of the poet Fausto Fawcett, and sonorized by the musician Arnaldo Brandão.
Land & Sky: The Inspiration of Tippet Rise
Set on a 12,000-acre working sheep and cattle ranch in Fishtail, Montana, Tippet Rise Art Center hosts classical chamber music and recitals and exhibits large-scale, outdoor sculptures. Tippet Rise celebrates the concept that art, music, architecture, and nature are inextricably linked in the human experience, each making the others more powerful.
LEFT BEHIND is an emotional portrait of Liverpool's famous Tobacco Warehouse (1901); a grade II listed building that is considered being the largest brick building in the world. Today, the industrial warehouse lies empty in a vast and abandoned dock landscape. The expressive space portrayed in the film is inhabited by an enigmatic figure that, in terms of its scale and appearance, seems to live in a symbiosis with the building and its site.
LEFT BEHIND offers a mysterious "vision" of a warehouse that is today a "shadow of itself". The short film circles around the themes of presence/absence, empty landscapes, beauty/grace and, by demonstrating that the site is not as "left behind" as perhaps thought, offers a hopeful glimpse into the future of its development.
Moshe Safdie:Habitat in Nature
What is the ideal form of a contemporary house? Safdie's Habitat also pursues a spiritual ideal: how can architecture give people value beyond space? How to build a new kind of community? How to inspire a new way of life
What is the ideal form of a contemporary house?
Moshe Safdie wrote the original proposal in 1964 when he designed Habitat'67, which became famous. Over the past 50 years, with the concept of continuous iteration, Safdie has "experimented" with several Habitat projects around the world, including the only Haibitai house in Qinhuangdao, China. Combined with the characteristics of the site itself, a new residential form that allows people to live in nature even in the city is constructed.
Of course, it is obviously not enough to make the human body close to nature. Safdie's Habitat also pursues a spiritual ideal: how can architecture give people value beyond space? How to build a new kind of community? How to inspire a new way of life Moshe Safdie: Habitat In Nature, Safdie and Habitat owners share their ideals for new habitats.
New York Minute
This work continues Lynn Bianchi’s relationship with New York City and its inhabitants - her home and inspiration since 1968. New York Minute was developed and created during lockdown - the year of loneliness and isolation - yet Lynn never felt lonely because the city was right outside her window - still alive and forever hopeful. A love letter to New York, this work is an abstraction of one day in the city - from dawn till dusk - moments that last a minute, or maybe a lifetime.
The film focuses on a group of teenage boys entering the space, who ventured inside every Sunday. They used to enter the space illegally through the opening in the surrounding fence or by jumping over the fence. The film explores an unrealized potential of the Rachid Karame International Fair for local residents of Tripoli, Lebanon. Locally called the Maarad (exhibition) it was designed by famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in the 1960s.
The space became more than this for them: they spent time, hanged around, showed off and practiced other rituals of every-day life inside the Maarad. It became an important part of their individual histories, hopes and dreams. Their energy gave breath of new life to the decaying modernist ruin of Niemeyer's gem, bringing back questions of social meaning of architecture. How did they use the space? What did it mean to them? How were they transforming it? Did it become a place of refuge? Did their ventures inside revitalize the space in subversive way? Can they be seen as transgressions or forms of resistance, even if unconscious? Poetic and reflective rhythm of the film amplifies this meeting between architecture and people, creating contemplative space for the viewer.
ON THE CUSP: Ivan Levynskyi and Building the City of Lions
ON THE CUSP is a "city symphony" on the enchanting western Ukrainian metropolis of Lviv, a legendary crossroads of Europe affectionately called the "City of Lions" in honor of its medieval founder. Known variously in history as Leopolis, Lemberg, Lwów, or Lvov, the city became a glittering center of Secession art and architecture before 1914 when it was part of the Habsburg crown land of Galicia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The architect/builder Ivan Levynskyi was a fundamental actor during that era in creating a Lviv that was aesthetically captivating and culturally meaningful. Levynskyi’s life and work helped to shape an urban model of elegant density, propinquity, and architectural heterogeneity, a palimpsest metropolis haunting the imaginations of all those who encounter its complex heritage.
One Street Away
One Street Away is an intimate and honest portrayal of the overlooked communities of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The spaces where its shanty towns can be found were, until very recently, left blank on maps, yet their associations with crime and poverty are well-known and often perpetuated by local media. Tourists visiting Buenos Aires are often warned not to wander into the so-called ‘villas miserias.’ But inside is a very different story. One Street Away follows three marginalised communities in Argentina’s capital as they strive to find their voices and build better lives for their families. Residing in self-made settlements, theirs is a story of humanity, community, and resilience in the face of economic and social inequality.
Under the regime of Enver Hoxha, Albanian people lived in constant fear and paranoia. Hoxha’s isolationist policies culminated in the “bunkerization project” the construction of over 700.000 bunkers all over the country. A great financial and human cost to the nation. Today Albanians are living with the complicated and painful legacy of the regime, surrounded by bunkers. This film focuses on the collective memory of Albanians and investigates their relation to the bunkers.
An observational documentary by Maria Aua is about the reconstruction of the former textile factory into the Academy of Arts. The process of transformation is the result of the selfless and hard physical work of the builders.
RECONSIDERING ARCHITOURISM is a response to the cessation of global travel + tourism in 2020. It contemplates the pursuit of cultural tourism focussed on architecture or “architourism”.
Robin Hood Gardens: A brief history
I didn't know it was possible to form a bond with a housing estate, but here we are. The year is 2021 and I've been filming the decline, destruction and 'regeneration' of Robin Hood Gardens for 6 years now. I owe this place a great deal.
Shadow Codex is a study on the abandoned facilities of Turku County Prison (1835–2007), and documents the layers of messages drawn, scratched and burned on the cell walls. The markings are pathways to the shadow world, to the darkness of an individual’s psyche, and expose a maladjusted underbelly which a society simultaneously both generates and hides. The 8mm film becomes the codex of a collapsed civilization and at the same time evidence of a forbidden zone in the centre of the city. The flow of images is punctuated by John Cage’s (1912–1992) composition “Perilous Night”, which has been described as a journey to the nocturnal side of the soul.
Spacial Ritual is sensitive film trying to show ironically how architects would like to see their own projects experienced by users.
The area of Adriano-Padova-Rizzoli in Milan could be considered both as a huge socio-technical system and as a complex polyphonic system. In this work, the neighborhood loses its suburban definition and is described through an audio/video path that develops in a circular manner around its own center, resulting in a personal rhythmic combination of the area.
Portrait of the second social housing community in Taiwan
At the end of 2017, the first social housing unit of the city of Taichung was built.
In Taiwan as a whole, social housing comprises just 0.08% of the housing stock.
Compared with other advanced countries, this figure is significantly low.
Together with the first residents, documentary filmmaker Floor Hofman moved into
the second social housing unit of Taichung a few weeks after its opening. While
living there for four months, Floor talked with residents about how social housing
changed their lives.
Station to Station
Under en nästan 650 mil lång tågfärd har Doug Aitken med en färgsprakande kreativitet filmat 62 kortfilmer bestående av unika konstyttringar. Medverkar gör Thurston Moore, Patti Smith, Giorgio Moroder och Cat Power.
Modernism negates concepts of the past. It crushes traditions. It searches for new forms and ways to reflect the present, to restructure the world we know, and to cut off everything that is unnecessary and leads to simplicity and functionality. More than a hundred years ago, Aleksey Gastev envisioned utopia in his book Express. A Siberian Phantasy, which portrayed the great cities of the future. In it, Novosibirsk is presented as a city of steel, Stal-Gorod, a high-tech and perfect urban space. The whole of Siberia could become such a space. However, only a few artefacts of this legacy remain today. Stal-Gorod is a utopia. It is a story about space which has its own purpose. The airy public space, and closed private existence.
A city builds itself. Demolition follows construction follows demolition. In "Topiaskop“ dimensions and relations are dissolved, the certainty of place and time is dismantled: the concrete city of Hamburg becomes the site of an absurd tale of growth.
It is not easy to speak of climate change without stepping into stereotypes. “Tempodacqua” brings together collective fears and represents the dominant theme “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” The phrase is taken from the Ecclesiastes and it expresses the importance of giving and receiving.
The video speaks of the “cycles of existence”, the times in which water gave and took. The story focuses on the idea of time that repeats itself, emphasizing the important moments, the thresholds between different times. It is necessary to introduce a slow time alongside the frenetic time that everyday life imposes on us. In order to do that, it is necessary returning to observe, listen, to look at the invisible. It’s reality. It’s magic. We stop in front of the invisible and begin to feel the force of gravity of time, all its depth and stratification, the fact that it is a time between times.
The Face of a City
The stories of four Iranian families who emigrate to Canada and the city they leave behind. As the departure time approaches, social spaces turn into places of memory, fading into the distance.
The New Bauhaus - The Life & Legacy of Moholy-Nagy
An odyssey through the life and legacy of László Moholy-Nagy, the innovative artist and educator whose pioneering approach to integrating technology into design continues to influence and inspire.
Tiong Bahru Social Club
Ah Bee goes on a comedic odyssey through Tiong Bahru Social Club, a data-driven project to create the happiest neighbourhood in the world. Little by little Ah Bee’s encounters with the neighbourhood’s residents reveal the absurdity of life.
In one single night, in October 2018, rain and wind tore down 14 million trees, transforming a lush mountain landscape in northern Italy into an apocalyptic ground, with environmental consequences that will affect life in the area for many a decades to come. In Carnia, one of the worst hit areas, 400 of those trunks were retrieved, and from there travelled to Syracuse, opposite end of Italy, where on theGreek theater stage they gained a last role, as mute witnesses of both tragedies. The film tells their journey as if through their own eyes, along 1500 Km and across a variety of landscapes, colors and sounds.
Abandoned for forty years, a neighborhood of Victorian-era mansions slowly recedes into a wild-growing forest. But in New York City, nothing stays hidden forever, and the bulldozers finally come for these century-old homes.
We Will Always Have Paris
Paris is not necessarily the first choice as the setting for a ghost story. The excessive romance of the French metropolis’ cultural symbols renders them simply unsuitable as backdrop for horror stories. But that’s not the case in Ella Raidel’s four-minute short film. We’ll always have Paris also contradicts the logics of representation; the film itself becomes a simulation of an architecture film, of a capitalism critique, of a ghost story: as they say in the film classic Casablanca, "We’ll always have Paris." But what do we have here? (Esther Buss)
We do it for Awá
Northern Brazil, state of Maranhão. TIBÁ architects build earth houses in indigenous villages as a part of a compensation policy against the impact of an industrial railway which passes next to the territory. Architecture becomes a pretext to talk about the complex situation of the native Brazilian population which faces rapid modernization of its culture and an intensifying invasion from the neighbouring Brazilian villages. The efforts of the Guajajara tribe focus on guarding the forest and ensuring that the last uncontacted Awá tribes can continue their traditional way of life, undisturbed.