Hatch Cottage, Wellfleet, MA

Cape Cod Modern Homes. Hatch Cottage, built in 1960, is one of the homes being restored by the Cape Cod Modern House Trust.

 

Animal, a Los Angeles restaurant.

We loved this short video. It does a nice, quiet job of conveying the tasty looking food that Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, chefs at Animal, put out of their kitchen in Los Angeles. Produced by the New Yorker.

George Steinmetz's Aerial Photography

George Steinmetz takes photographs from a paraglider rather than from a plane or helicopter. This technique gives him great flexibility. It also allows him to produce some startling images. We particularly love the photos of African villages and towns, like the fortified villages of Ghardaia, Algeria.
 

George Steinmetz - African Air from George Steinmetz on Vimeo.

How Buildings Learn - Part 1 of 6

We just came across this 6-part documentary produced in 1997 by the BBC and hosted by Stewart Brand. It's a fascinating look at how buildings "learn" after the users take over. Music is by Brian Eno.

 

Eileen Gray's Classic Modernist Villa E-1027 Restored

On a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France (near Monaco), Eileen Gray’s E-1027 house was built to share with her lover, Romanian architect and critic Jean Badovici. The name of the house sounds impersonal, but it is in fact a numeric code for their joint initials.

Completed in 1929, Gray created a landmark of modernist architecture. L-shaped and flat-roofed with floor-to-ceiling windows and a spiral stairway to the guest room, E-1027 is both open and compact. The villa has an open and flexible design which allowed the user to experience the space of living as an organic whole comprising the self, the house, and the outside environment.

Inexplicably, over the years the villa had steadily fallen into disrepair and continued until efforts to save it were successful only recently. After a lengthy and protracted restoration process, the villa will open this fall to the public.

For more information: Friends of E-1027

 

 

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.

(Courtesy: JuliusShulmanFilm.com)
 

Documentary film on Subprime crisis: "American Casino"

Director Leslie Cockburn gets to the crux of the matter, eliciting candid revelations from defectors from Bear Stearns and Standard & Poor's and other high-level players in the subprime mortgage gamble.

In December of 2000, congress passed the Commodities Futures Modernization Act,

which called for less regulation on Wall Street, and, according to a former director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, "freed Wall Street to essentially shoot itself in both feet." Eight years later, the US economy is crumbling, and trapped under its wreckage are the American homeowners and taxpayers.
 

Politicians love to talk about the disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street, but American Casino director Leslie Cockburn gets to the crux of the matter, eliciting candid revelations from defectors from Bear Stearns and Standard & Poor's and other high-level players in the subprime mortgage gamble. On the flipside, she gives a voice to the minority Americans on "Main Street"—a high school teacher, a therapist, a minister—who were the unwitting chips in this high-stakes game of chance. Scored to the tune of eloquent hip-hop numbers like "Foreclosure Song," created especially for the film, the filmmakers cruise past rows of freshly boarded-up homes in the mostly minority neighborhoods of Baltimore and Stockton, California. Here, foreclosure and property neglect have led to the spread of drugs, crime, and disease. And, lest we forget, Cockburn reminds us that it's the Main Street Americans who are now bailing out the financial institutions responsible for the fall.
 

(Source: Jim Browne, Tribeca Film Festival)

 


American Casino movie trailer from Leslie and Andrew Cockburn on Vimeo.

Rem Koolhaas: Maison à Bordeaux

Koolhaas HouseLife is an exceptional experience of a full immersion in the daily life of one of the masterpieces of contemporary architecture of recent years: The House in Bordeaux, designed in 1998 by Rem Koolhaas / OMA. Unlike most movies about architecture, this feature focuses less on explaining the building, its structure and its virtuosity than on letting the viewer enter into the invisible bubble of the daily intimacy of an architectural icon.

 

Like any house, the House in Bordeaux is a place of plurality with all its chaos, its wear and tear, and its changes. The work of Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoîne offers us a portrait of the real and changing vitality of one of those monuments that we believe are immortal. This is realized through the stories and daily chores of Guadalupe Acedo, the home’s caretaker and housekeeper, and the other people who look after the building. Following and interacting with Guadalupe, blooms an unusual and unpredictable look at the spaces and structure of the building.

A real experiment that presents a new way of looking at architecture and broadens the field of its representation.

 

Film directed by Ila Bêka et Louise Lemoîne
Shooting format: HDV
Duration: 58 minutes
Original version: French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Italian,
Portuguese, Japanese

 

House Facts:

  • Commission 1994. Completed 1998
  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Site: 5km from Bordeaux centre on a cape-like hill. 180º view on the city and the river.
  • Program: 500m2: 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (main house); 100m2: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (guard/guesthouse)

Collaborators:

(Source: Koolhass HouseLife)

 

Official trailers of the film "Koolhaas HouseLife":


 

 

 

 

 

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