In the 1960’s, as the cities collapsed and the suburbs sprawled, Athelstan Spilhaus had a vision: A futuristic city for 250,000 residents, engineered from scratch in the isolated woods of northern Minnesota, to solve the twin urban and environmental crises.
The Minnesota Experimental City would use the newest technologies in communications, transport, energy supply, pollution control – even domed enclosure – in an attempt to create more livable cities and an improved environment for the 21st Century.
Spilhaus’ proposal was compelling on a grand scale, and quickly gained powerful backers, hundreds of experts, and its own state agency.
But times were changing, and not everyone fell in line with this new vision for the future.
"A fantasia of mid-20th century techno-utopian fervor." - CityLab
"A visually luxurious symphony...carefully excavates an approach to city planning that may be more relevant today than in the 1960's." - NextCity
Travelling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the film showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies. Stepping inside the most inspired dwellings on the west coast, we feel how the light and space of a classic ...
The portrait of a house without supporting walls. A bold dome made of concrete, an open space – right in the middle of the bizarre rock formations of a rugged coast made of reddish granite.
The house belonged to actress Monica Vitti and director Michelangelo Antonioni. The emptiness of the “cupo...
Renowned architectural filmmaker Murray Grigor explores John Lautner's dramatic spaces with choreographed camera moves, as Lautner himself provides the commentary, speaking with insight and wit in recordings culled from archival sources.