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The third week of May, the Architecture department began what will hopefully be a monthly or bi-weekly opportunity at some lunchtime “out-of-the-classroom” learning- Architect Darin Lanich’s idea to host an Architecture Film Festival here in our very own “Cripe University”.

The inaugural film was a full-length feature (shown in two parts) called My Architect: A Son’s Journey, a documentary about Jewish-American Architect Louis Kahn’s work worldwide.  Researched, directed, and experienced by his son Nathaniel decades after Kahn’s death, the exploration of Kahn’s work served as a means for Nathaniel to learn about his father and grow closer to him postmortem (credit pernell).  The younger Kahn was 11 when his father died, and from Kahn’s second extramarital affair, so he wasn’t able to see his dad often during childhood.

Just last week the office was able to watch a short film Angle of Inspiration on Santiago Calatrava’s “Sundial Bridge” in Redding, CA as well as a TED Talk– a short video presentation from rising Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.  Upcoming TED shorts will include talks from notable Architects Thomas Heatherwick, Cameron Sinclair, Joshua Prince-Ramus, and Liz Diller.

We hope this film series will keep us inspired and more aware of the built environment worldwide, and maybe even teach us a thing or two.

Future films/shorts on the list:

  • Urbanized
  • The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
  • Eames: Architect and Painter
  • The Homes of Frank Lloyd Wright
  • The Architecture of Doom
  • Sketches of Frank Gehry
  • The Modernism of Julius Shulman
  • Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect
  • How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?
  • and many, many more if we can find them!

Very thankful for Netflix and iTunes!