How much does your building weigh, Mr Foster?

Architect Norman Foster of Foster+Partners is the subject of a new film, currently on tour in the U.S. “A portrait of one of the world’s premier architects, How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?  follows Norman Foster’s unending quest to improve the quality of life through design”. I invite you to watch the film trailer for a sneak peek. The cinematography is breathtaking. The story provides insight into the architects dreams and the influences which inspired some of the worlds most important structures. “From the world’s largest building to its tallest bridge, Foster offers some striking solutions to humanity’s increasing demand on urban centers”. Foster is known for his strong position on sustainability and the responsibility of “good design” to think beyond the impact of individual buildings, to the quality, efficiency and longevity of the project.

There is a lot to experience in this film, as the impact of Norman Foster’s work spans the globe. Winner of the 21st Pritzker Architecture, Mr. Foster’s current and recent work includes the largest single building on the planet, Beijing Airport, the redevelopment of Dresden Railway Station, Millau Viaduct in France, the Swiss Re tower and the Great Court at the British Museum in London, an entire University Campus for Petronas in Malaysia, the Hearst Headquarters tower in New York, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and research centres at Stanford University, California.

Image Milau Viaduct sourced here. Excerpts sourced at


film trailer of How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

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architecture and design film festival

The Architecture and Design Film Festival took place this past weekend, May 5-9  in Chicago. With a great line up of 39 films ranging in length from 2 to 93 minutes, these individual movies were curated into 15 programs. The work of some of the most well known, inspirational and accomplished  Architects and Designers were featured. I have included links to the trailers of some of these films, accessed by clicking on the names below. There are WAY too many worthwhile titles to mention here, but let it suffice to say that the content ranged from Architecture of Norman Foster and Renzo Piano, to graphic designers and artists Stefan Sagmeister and Milton Glaser, to the socially conscious work of Samuel Mockbeee and the Rural Studio. Phillipe Stark and his 43 Columns on Scene in Bilbao project was also featured. If you weren’t able to catch them all, a complete list of featured films can be found here.

The festival debuted in NYC last year to great acclaim. After last year’s festival, the New Yorker’s Architecture Critic, Paul Goldberger shared “now that the Architecture and Design Film Festival has come into being, none of us in the architecture and design community can imagine how we ever did without it. It went from being a new idea to becoming an essential event in the annual calendar. I can’t wait to see what is on tap for next year”. Well, it’s that time again! The New York Architecture and Design Film Festival is scheduled for October 19-23, 2011, at Tribeca Cinemas. Definitely a not-to-be-missed cultural event in the big apple.

To learn more about the The Architecture and Design Film Festival, visit the event website. Image courtesy of film festival website.


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