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  • Mario Botta: The Sacred the Profane

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    The film explores the fundamental questions that drive Swiss architect Mario Botta's exploration of space. Through Botta's personal testimony and reflections from critics and artists, the documentary investigates the oppositional concepts of the sacred and the profane that are integral to his wor...

  • Melbourne International

    Movie

    Coming March 20.
    A film describing the development of International Style corporate architecture in the city of Melbourne, Australia. Spanning the period 1950-1980, the film charts the rise of the glass box, curtained walled office building and explores subsequent local developments of the genre.

  • Burke Museum

    The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is the oldest public museum in Washington State with a collection of over 18 million artifacts and specimens, ranging from totem poles and gemstones to dinosaur fossils. The problem was the visitors never got to experience the artifacts because they...

  • Regular or Super

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    Famous for designing such landmarks as New York's Seagram Building, Toronto’s Dominion Centre and numerous buildings in Chicago, van der Rohe was best known for his minimalist designs. His obsession with purity and simplicity and his adherence to his belief that "less is more" influenced the way ...

  • Aldo Rossi Design

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    The documentary covers the life and work of Aldo Rossi, the first Italian architect to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. It covers the installation of the exhibition "Aldo Rossi Design 1960-1997" at Milan's Museo del Novecento, which includes never before seen drawings, designs, prototypes...

  • Turf Houses

    When the Norwegian Vikings settled in Iceland, they brought with them a tradition of building out of the earth, using natural materials such as wood, uncut stone, and soil. Known as Turf Houses, these structures became the remarkable vernacular architecture of Iceland. Today, contemporary archite...

  • Converted Barn

    After many years of searching for a sanctuary that could function as both a workspace and family home, artist Gudrun Kristjansdottir discovered a derelict barn (built in 1937) on the stunning West Coast of Iceland. Told by many that she should tear the existing structure down, Gudrun enlisted the...

  • Water Tower

    A young couple with a passion for minimalism take on a huge challenge when they decide to convert a disused water tower into a modern home for their growing family. With exceptional views from the top floor, the Water Tower is surrounded by lava fields, mountains and a stunning coastline.

  • Prefab Cabin

    Choosing to avoid the site construction process entirely, this factory-built home arrived fully finished and fulfils a long-held dream for its owners: to live a simple life with very little to clean and very little to worry about. Nestled peacefully between a 4 million-year-old volcano and the oc...

  • Glass Cottage

    In the heart of an Icelandic lava desert lies a 24 square metre cottage made of glass. Here, travelers from all over the globe sleep under the spectacular Northern Lights in secluded comfort. Built for the adventurous at heart and those yearning for an escape from the city, owner Ari spent 18 mon...

  • In the Name of Wild

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    Ethnographers Phillip and April Vannini travel with their daughter over five years, to five continents and ten countries in search of the different meanings of wilderness, wildness, and wild nature.

    The documentary explores wildness in UNESCO World Heritage sites in Australia, New Zealand, Japan...

  • Total Brutal

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    Total House is one of very few examples of Japanese-inspired Brutalism in the city of Melbourne. Certainly a polarising style it is an important part of Melbourne's built environment and adds considerably to the city's diverse and varied texture. As with many post-war 'modern' buildings, its futu...

  • Project: The Story Behind the Facade

    1 season

    Project takes a brief and intensive look at modern architectural projects and gives the creators a face. The architects themselves explain their underlying idea, explain the choice of materials and report on the challenges. How do you give a concrete shape to an abstract idea? That is the central...

  • City Dreamers

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    City Dreamers is a film about our changing urban environment and four trailblazing women architects who have been working, observing and thinking about the transformations shaping the cities of today and tomorrow for over 70 years.

    Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberl...

  • Vilanova Artigas: The Architect and the Light

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    The documentary rebuilds the life of the Brazilian architect João Batista Vilanova Artigas. His relatives, friends, students and six of his major works tell the history of this iconic Latin American modernist.

    Festivals and Awards
    3rd ARQUITETURAS FILM FESTIVAL LISBOA, Portugal, 2015 - best Port...

  • In Conversation with Mario Novas & Kate Kliwadenko

    Join the creative team behind the new Shelter Originals series Mexity for an exclusive Shelter live-stream Q & A event with host Andrew Spicer (Folies) Filmmakers Mario Novas & Kate Kliwadenko join Shelter, to give a special insight into the research, production and discoveries of Mexity; and ans...

  • Productive Spaces

    "Laguna was a bankrupt textile factory. I looked to the core of it, trying to understand the use of this place to see what it could become in the future." - Alberto Kritzler, developer

    When manufacturing went offshore, many of the bustling factories in Mexico City were abandoned. The value of lo...

  • Upcycling

    “When the previous century’s architects arrived somewhere they usually tore everything down in order to start from scratch.” - Julio Amezcua, Reurbano

    Valuable architecture from previous decades lies abandoned throughout Mexico City. Even worse - some of these historical gems are being reckless...

  • Social Housing

    "You don’t understand the kind of scarcity there is in Mexico and many other countries." - Javier Garciadiego, developer

    Scarcity. Population density. Disaster recovery. Mexican architects are facing all of these challenges in ways that will surprise and inspire you.
    Episode two of MEXITY looks...

  • Mexity
    1 season

    Mexity

    1 season

    Cities today are not necessarily ones we want to live in. As the world becomes more urbanized, initiatives to improve urban environments are needed: Projects that transform the built environment or new ideas for improving the city of tomorrow.

    Mexity explores new relationships between architect...

  • It's all a Plan

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    A documentary film about the life and work of Paulo Mendes da Rocha, a renowned Brazilian architect. He tells his own story and the highs and lows of a remarkable life trajectory throughout a series of revealing interviews with his own daughter, Joana, over a period of ten years. Paulo, exposes h...

  • Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light

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    Architect Renzo Piano and Director Carlos Saura discuss their view on the relationship between architecture and cinema and show us the magic surrounding the Centro Botín in Cantabria, Spain. This gigantic building as imagined by Renzo Piano is a building that through time, will modify the soul of...

  • Zaha Hadid: An Architect, A Masterpiece

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    One of the most celebrated architects in the world, Zaha Hadid was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. The Heydar Aliyev Center of Baku in Azerbaijan expresses a new kind of space in the city. Discovering the curves and secrets of this last amazing achievement, the...

  • Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

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    Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the worlds greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream.