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How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?
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This admiring documentary gives the viewer quite a lot to marvel at. Accompanied by Joan Valent's pulsing, soaring score, the camera swoops over some of Mr. Foster's largest and best-known structures and floats through the bright and airy interiors of his skyscrapers. Even before you hear Paul Goldberger describe Mr. Foster as 'the Mozart of Modernism,' you can appreciate the grace and harmony of his compositions in glass, steel and light. --A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Dazzlingly shot, stirring. The filmmakers' cameras capture the beauty and breadth of his output with eye-popping swoop and grandeur. The film is an architecture lover's dream. --Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
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Architecture fans or those interested in design will want to see this film and it should interest those, like me, that enjoy documentaries. If only they had chosen a narrator whose voice is exciting as Foster's work.
what i was interested is insight into the structural engineering aspects of his buildings after reading about FRONT INC & Bjaerke Ingels utube lectures and it seemed more like a PR exercise for forster & partners[which is fine but not what i want in doc].
yes the dvd is high quality but INSIGHT is pretty nil vs utube lectures that one can get insight into the amazing building being put up.
another thing to note is that forster is leveraged to chinese/ME building boom and when central banks cut back on low interest rates, will this boom last?
update: read rowan moore's why we build to get a sobering ie less flattering view of architects[mr foster included]. it will validate my review.sobered me up as well. But cecil balmond's crossover was fantastic
Sir Norman favors the speed at which the Chinese are able to complete large projects over the West, comparing the speed at which Beijing's terminal (one of the largest buildings in the world) was with the Heathrow terminal upgrade (still in planning). I am not convinced the Chinese have the right balance, but the debate is well worth having, and this movie is an outstanding start.
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Amazing story of a great architect, inspiring to watch Mr Fosters life work evolve.Published 2 months ago by andrew bukala
Great production. Being a fan of good architecture I found this dvd to be really inspiring.Published 9 months ago by Jan Roger Bodin
One of my favorite docs of all time. Sad it's not on Netflix anymore but one star as it's not available digitally.Published 12 months ago by Taylor M. Trask
I saw this documentary at a public showing and bought it to share with my family. We ride bicycles, my children are runners (completing various marathons) and my husband was a... Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by Amy Cooper