Architectures, Vol. 1
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(Nov 11, 2003)
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A privileged, unprecedented inside look at the work of superstar architects and some of their most brilliant creations, produced by the European public television channel ARTE. This series looks at architecture and its historical and social functions to reveal its meaning and impact on humanity. Architectures 1 covers milestones like the famed Bauhaus and the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, and examines the work of architects Jean Nouvel, Otto Wagner, Walter Gropius, Alvaro Siza, and others.
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There was a period when sculpture and architecture were in the same department, however,there was a separation of the two schools of art.
The DVD highlights six artists that departed from the old techniques and started new architectural forms. Bauhous started an Academy of Art in Germany creating structures to house art and technical students. The teachers were housed in separate quarters. Many of the teachers are famous in their own rights. The Bauhaus structures were geometric in design and they were filled with light.
The Vienna Saving Bank by Otis Wagner was a departure from the old school of design, he tried new techniques using cement with marble and granite overlays to save time and expense.
La Centre Georges Pompidou, an extreme structural building in Paris, but now it has more vistors than any other structure in Paris.
This video is excellent because of the narrative, history and photography.
The Bauhaus Group: Six Masters of Modernism
Design and Form: The Basic Course at the Bauhaus and Later
Post office savings bank, Vienna, Austria, 1904-06: Church of St. Leopold, Am Steinhof, Vienna, Austria, 1905-07 (Global architecture ; 47)
Le Centre Pompidou (French Edition)
Point and Line to Plane (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
The only thing you could wish for is coverage of more examples. Even with five different volumes (be aware there are actually six) with coverage of six designs per volume, a hard core architecture junkie would have several hundred (thousand) more examples for the list. In addition, they were smart enough to let each design speak for itself. For example with Walter Gropius, you can see why Bauhaus does/does not work for you, without the usual lecture on why you should/should not worship at that particular altar.
All of that is the good news. Bad news is availability in the U.S. Where available, the series is incredibly expensive. But, it turns out that it can be had from the French government. --ht tp://w ww.boutiquesdemusees.fr has it and ships to the U.S. My total price for all six (vol 6 seems to have never been broadcast and is usually not in the boxed set) with shipping came to $150 U.S. That will vary depending on currency rates. Shipping time from Frogistan to Colorado was about a week at their cheap rate.