Architecture as Autobiography

Architecture as Autobiography

Preeminent documentarian Heinz Emigholz’s films present the 20th century’s most important architects not through explanation or biography, but by using the camera to reveal the structures that define their art. Each film is devoted to the work of a single architect; viewed together, they show us some of the most beautiful buildings of our time. This new theme collects four of Emigholz’s most renowned works.
DIESTE [URUGUAY]
DIESTE [URUGUAY]
Born in 1917 in Uruguay, Eladio Dieste created industrial and agrarian works, public infrastructure and commercial buildings whose unique and innovative design, a melding of architecture and engineering, elevated these often humble buildings to masterworks of art. Directed by Heinz Emigholz, this audacious documentary presents twenty-nine of Dieste's buildings.
PARABETON: PIER LUIGI NERVI AND ROMAN CONCRETE
PARABETON: PIER LUIGI NERVI AND ROMAN CONCRETE
Considered the Architect‘s Architect of the 20th century, Nervi is the creator of style-forming constructions and a grand master of concrete buildings. Directed by Heinz Emigholz, Parabeton presents seventeen of his buildings punctuated by Ancient Roman constructions, suggesting, with its gorgeous compositions, a relationship between the two.
PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA
PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA
Both biography and cultural commentary, Perret tells the story of architectural pioneer Auguste Perret, whose groundbreaking works in two countries are mired in their volatile histories, including Parisian buildings destroyed (and later rebuilt) during WWII. Directed by Heinz Emigholz, this visually stunning documentary presents thirty of Perret's buildings.
GOFF IN THE DESERT
GOFF IN THE DESERT
One of the most inventive and iconoclastic American architects, Bruce Goff’s work, which comprised mostly churches and private homes, combined the harmony of nature with the innovation of modern construction. Directed by Heinz Emigholz, Goff in the Desert presents sixty-two buildings by Goff, who was never formally educated as an architect.