20 Great Movies every Architect should watch

Here’s a list of Great Movies for all the students and professionals in architecture. Please watch and get inspired from the work of some legendary architects and people who brought architectural issues to limelight when it was necessary to become an activist. So, following is the list, we’ve given trailers or clips of movie next to the ranking to give you an idea about the movie. We request to the readers to not just flip the list, have a look over all the videos. We are sure, you’ll fall in love with each of these.

# 20 How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?(2010)

This documentary traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects Norman Foster and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. In addition, it collects the origins of Norman Foster and how his dreams and influences inspired the design of buildings as Beijing airport (the largest in the world), the Reichstag, the Hearst Building in New York and works such as the tallest bridge in the world , the Millau viaduct in France, among others.

# 19 My Architect (2003) – United States

In “My Architect” , Nathaniel Kahn tells the story about his quest to understand his father, the legendary architect Louis Kahn. It is a film with meaning for anyone seeking to understand the relationship between art and love.

# 18 The Architect and The Painter (2011)

Narrated by none other than James Franco, this vision of Charles and Ray Eames explores its great influence on the development of modernism, the rise of the information age, and his approach to running a creative unconventional work that created all kinds of mid-century furniture. The film also delves into his personal life, particularly the challenges of being a woman in a creative society dominated by males.

# 17 Visual Acoustics (2008)

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, “Visual Acoustics” tells the career of Julius Shulman, one of the best architectural photographers, whose images showed the power of modern American architecture.Responsible for documenting the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry, his images show extraordinary way the unique beauty of the modernist movement in Southern California making them known worldwide.

# 16 Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005)

Directed by the great Sydney Pollack (The Way We Were, Out of Africa, Michael Clayton), a friend of Gehry’s life, this documentary explores the life and work of the greatest living American architect. It also includes interviews with Dennis Hopper, Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Ruscha and Julian Schnabel, among others.

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