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Seven Architecture Documentaries we think you’ll love

Maybe you don’t enjoy reading books to learn about architecture or designing, well we’ve got the perfect solution for you. Nowadays with the boom in the entertainment industry, people have various choices for TV shows, movies and documentaries, even for kids section. But it is not only limited to pop-culture contents. You can also find some movies and documentaries on architecture, design, urbanism. This is the perfect alternative learning tool minus the boredom in reading 300 pages!

We’ve chosen the best few which we think you’ll enjoy and learn from, so you don’t have to go on a wild goose chase looking for good documentaries to watch-

1. Abstract: The Art of Design (Series):

Abstract takes us into the minds of amazing designers that in her own perception of design are guiding us through their personal abstract process, in order to archive great design. The documentary runs 2 seasons. "Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life."

2. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (Documentary movie):

The movie runs 1h 18m. "People dedicated to rejecting the American ideal that things bring happiness are interviewed in this documentary showing the virtues of less is more."

3. Big Time (Documentary):

Bjarke Ingels reveals the demands of his thriving architectural career and its affect on his personal life as he works on his biggest project yet - NYC's new World Trade Center and provides a unique insight into his creative mind.

4. Grand Designs (Series):

Presented by designer and writer Kevin McCloud, each episode follows different people who have set out to pursue their vision of a dream home by building it themselves. Each project is completely unique, with many calling for custom-made elements that make the final result not only a home, but also a work of art.

5. Frank Lloyd Wright: Man Who Built America (Documentary):

Frank Lloyd Wright is probably America's greatest ever architect. But few people know about the Welsh roots that shaped his life and world-famous buildings. Now, leading Welsh architect Jonathan Adams sets off across America to explore Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpieces for himself. Along the way, he uncovers the tempestuous life story of the man behind them and the secrets of his radical Welsh background.

6. Dream Big (Documentary):

From the Great Wall Of China and the world's tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars, and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, coupled with extraordinary visuals, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives and a more sustainable future for all.

7. Archiculture: a documentary film that explores the architectural studio

Archiculture takes a thoughtful, yet critical look at the architectural studio. The 25-minute film offers a unique glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of a group of students finishing their final design projects. Interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators help create crucial dialog around the key issues faced by this unique teaching methodology and the built environment these future architects will create.


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