The acclaimed documentary How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?, which traces the rise of one of the world’s leading architects, Norman Foster, receives its UK television premiere as part of Sky Arts Architecture Season on Monday 15 August 2011.
Sky Arts Architecture Season will tx from Monday 15th until Saturday 20th August. The week will see a different documentary dedicated to architecture and design broadcast every night at 8pm on Sky Arts 1 HD. The documentaries will cover the work of industry luminaries including; Norman Foster, Frank Lloyd Wright, Antoni Gaudi and Rem Koolhaas and includes an award-winning documentary on Julius Shulman narrated by Dustin Hoffman.
How much does your building weigh, Mr. Foster? (Monday 15th August 8pm) reveals Norman Foster’s journey from his early days at the start of his career in Manchester, to a seat at the head of a global architecture practice. It reveals his vision and passion for the built environment and how he tries to improve quality of life through design.
Foster is one of Britain's greatest architects and his breathtaking designs are brought to life in this stunning high definition documentary-film. From Stansted and Beijing Airport to the Reichstag dome and the glass arches of Dresden train station, the film-documentary reveals how art has influenced Fosters designs and celebrates some of his practices’ most extraordinary structures. The documentary includes interviews with Foster, with colleagues and mentors, as well as architects including Richard Long.
How Much does Your Building weigh, Mr. Foster? won the Best European Film Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, The Berlinale Special at the Berlin Film Festival, and the Best Documentary at Docville Film Festival. It was produced by Elena Ochoa.
Other programmes in the Architecture Season include:
• Rem Koolhaas: A Kind Of Architect (Tuesday 16 August 8pm) explores Koolhaas’s intriguing architecture theories, the inspiration behind his visually striking buildings, the development of his style and his influence on other architects. He is renowned for his studies of urban life and social commentaries, and has carefully examined the architect's role in catering to extravagant, megalomaniac plans in the world's metropolis.
• Frank Lloyd Wright (Two parts, Wednesday 17 August & Thursday 18 August 8pm) produced by documentarian Ken Burns reveals an in-depth profile of one of America's most highly-revered architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. Born in Wisconsin just two years after the end of the American Civil war, Wright went on to become one of the most prominent and influential architects of the 20th century. This engrossing biography begins with his Welsh origins and childhood, and follows his life and career all the way to his crowning glory, the building of the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
• Gaudi’s Barcelona (Friday 19 August 8pm) is a documentary tribute that looks at one of the most defining architects working at the turn of the last century. Antoni Gaudi produced some of the most remarkable buildings Europe has ever seen. The Catalan architect developed an avant-garde, Art Nouveau style all of his own: highly original, ornate buildings comprised of organic shapes, clad in mosaics of broken coloured tiles. Gaudi gave Barcelona; a fairytale park, a house of bones, a stone quarry and a Disnelyand style cathedral still being built over 150 years since he was born.
• Visual Acoustics (Saturday 20 August 8pm) is an award winning documentary, narrated by Dustin Hoffman which celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, one of the world’s greatest architectural photographers. Shulman’s images helped bring modern architecture into the mainstream. He captures the work of nearly every major modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. This documentary chronicles Shulman’s vast collection of architectural imagery. Visual Acoustics won The Best Documentary Award at the Palm Springs International Film and at The Austin Film Festival.
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