Last year I wrapped up my year of reading, thinking, writing and breathing architecture with 10 pieces of writing I had been happy to stumble upon. This year I’m stepping out of my comfort zone – words – and I’m giving you 10 little films, all starring architects. These are not all from 2018, and they’re in no particular order, but they’re all films that I’ve enjoyed watching (or rewatching) this year.
1. Edward Lipton and Jonathan Plant of Lipton Plant talking about – and looking at – each other. This one’s not new, but it’s rare to see architects up close and animated like this.
2. Graham Handley Architects – this deserves inclusion for the way they start picking up copper pipes, bricks and other tactile objects.
3. Levitt Bernstein (scroll down to get to it) – this really is sense of purpose personified, or at least sense of purpose caught on camera.
4. Feilden Fowles – this is a long one so make yourself a cup of tea first. I love the way it wraps up with the shot of them all eating outside.
5. Jim Stephenson’s ‘slow, calm films’ for Architects’ Journal about each of the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlisted buildings. I’m cheating here, obviously, because there are six films. This is the first one, about Bushey Cemetery by Waugh Thistleton.
6. Maurizio Mucciola of PiM.Studio talking about concrete, context, and the V&A Dundee.
7. Renzo Piano on a very large screen as part of the exhibition at the Royal Academy. You have to go there to see it (and the exhibition is still on until 20th January 2019).
8. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners talking about who they are and what makes them different.
9. Another excellent Jim Stephenson film, this time about AJ Small Projects. I like the way the architects talk so fondly about their buildings.
10. This was going to be Mikhail Riches’ film about Church Walk (which makes me want to live there), but in looking for the link to that one I found this one about their practice (which makes me want to work there).