OpenCulture, the free online culture resource, offers links to new documentaries on famous architects & buildings, including the Bauhaus, Le Corbusier, Hadid & many more, an easy way to develop skills across the IHBC’s ‘Areas of Competence’, your institute’s core membership criteria.
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At its best, architecture can show us a way out of the rigid, routinized thinking that keeps us pacing the same social and cultural mazes decade after decade. A radical redesign of the way we use space can herald a re-imagining of our interrelations, hierarchies, and political dynamics. Consider the inspiring work, for example, of visionary futurist Buckminster Fuller. (Or consider the very different career of recently departed Zaha Hadid, who ‘built the unbuildable,’ writes one former student, and ‘defied gravity.’) At its worst, architecture imprisons us, literally and otherwise, mindlessly populating the built environment with drab, prefabricated boxes, and reproducing conditions of repression, poverty, and mediocrity. The way we build determines in great degree the way we live.
So what distinguishes good architecture from bad? And where did the postmodern mélange of styles that make up the typical urban environment come from? Ask 100 architects the first question, and you might get 100 different answers. But you can go a long way toward answering the second question by learning the history of the many great buildings that have directly or indirectly inspired millions of imitators worldwide. And you can do that for free at the Youtube channel ACB (Art and Culture Bureau), which features over 50 documentaries, writes Arch Daily, ‘devoted to the most significant achievements of architecture, its beginnings, and the latest creations of the great architects of today.’
Maybe begin with the Bauhaus film, at the top of the post, an almost thirty-minute history of the fascinating post-WWI movement, school, and building in Dessau, Germany. Be sure to also catch films on Paris’ Georges Pompidou Centre, the 17th century Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah (called the ‘baby Taj Mahal’), Le Corbusier’s Brutalist Convent of La Tourette, and Zaha Hadid’s Phaeno science center, among many, many more. All of the films are directed by Richard Copans and some of them have interviews with the architects themselves.
See more on the IHBC’s membership criteria and our ‘Areas of Competence’
For select film resources see YouTube
Full listing of resources see the links from OpenCulture