1_ Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural studio.
Samuel Mockbee’s website:
2_ Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011)
3_ Blade Runner (1982)
Dystopian future sci-fi classic.
“Riddley Scott introduces the viewer to a dystopian future of a metropolis falling in decay. The fog always covers the sun. The buildings stand tall, dark and soulless. The acid rain constantly pours down. Only the neon lights of the city billboards and the machines bring light in the film.
Influenced by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, “Blade Runner” portrays a horrible future of the post-modern, post-industrial city. The Tyrell Corp resembles the Tower of Babel from Metropolis, dominating the dark city. It is clearly influenced by Mayan temples and modern skyscrapers with its steel and glass exterior.
Unlike other futuristic film cities that seem tidy, clean and well-defined through their automatization, the futuristic L.A. of “Blade Runner” portrays a dark, chaotic, decadence future. The upper classes have abandoned earth and only the cast-offs of society still inhabit earth. The huge buildings have been built and later abandoned to rust and decay.” (Kaisar, 2015)
4_ The World of Buckminster Fuller
“Academy Award-winner Robert Snyder’s look at Buckminster Fuller — architect, engineer, geometrician, cartographer, philosopher, futurist, inventor of the famous geodesic dome, and one of the most brilliant thinkers of his time. Now more relevant than ever, the documentary consists of clips mostly from the late ’60s and early ’70s of “Bucky” in various outdoor and indoor settings, talking about the ideas and interests that have inspired and informed his own sense of purpose and individual vitality. Most of the voiceover is stream of consciousness, with him talking about the principles that informed his work like synergy, the beauty of nature’s principles and basic structures, physics, metaphysics, and humanity’s apparent purpose in the universe.” (Cottrell, 2012)
5_ Brazil (1985)
“Terry Gilliam’s Brazil is a dystopian science fiction film made in 1985. Little did he know that most of his predictions would come true in the years to come. In this film, Sam Lawry, a low level government employee, often dreams of saving a damsel in distress. One day, he gets assigned a task created by a typographical error and slowly gets lost in the bureaucracy of the society while trying to save the girl of his dreams. In Gilliam’s universe, it is easy to get lost between reality and dreams.
Although the film is comical and sarcastic, it ends up being a futuristic nightmare with references of Kafka. Gilliam expects a failure of technology and bureaucracy, creating a comical post-modern universe where nothing really works sufficiently enough and all his heroes end up disappointed, lost in translation between themselves and the system.
On the spatial aspect, Gilliam sees the future world in a different way from other directors. He doesn’t predict an architectural evolution, but gets influenced from the contemporary. Only for the public building of the “Ministry of Information” he uses brutalism to reinforce a majestic and chaotic scary feeling. His disturbing world of dysfunctional machines and social-economical destruction is a completely chaotic environment with no specific architectural identity.
However, the set design always aims to create certain feelings to the viewer, like the sense of decay and complete deconstruction. It is really interesting how he uses his sets to create different feelings at different points of the film, confusing and engaging his audience. This weird future of undefined spatial notions gets trapped in the realm between dreams, nightmares and reality, while representing complete chaos in the best possible way.” (Kaisar, 2015)
6_ Playtime (1967)
“In this film, Tati introduces a modernistic and futuristic universe full of kafkic references. The main hero of the film is a Flanner, similar to the uncle in his film “Mon Oncle”. A man with a coat, an umbrella and a pipe wandering inside the perfectly designed, minimal, modernistic spaces of an utopian future.
Despite the lack of a storyline and a specific plot, the viewer follows the adventures of a rather naïve man who’s lost in modernism. There is no escape from the contemporary futuristic modern city, crowded with people and vehicles and full of dead ends and chaotic hallways. Although the cars and the occupants of the space remain the same, the built cinematic environment is a futuristic fantasy of grey, black and white, depicting a minimalistic, colorless and soulless city of constant movement.” (Kaisar, 2015)
8_ Architecture School
9_ The School As a City
About Herman Hertzbergers schools. (Not universities, but schools for kids).
Kaisar, M. (2015). The 10 Best Movies About Architecture. Retrieved [05.03.2016] from: http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2015/the-10-best-movies-about-architecture/2/
Cottrell, C. (2012). 15 Essential Films About Famous Architects. Retrieved [05.03.2016] from: http://flavorwire.com/346246/15-essential-films-about-famous-architects/8