The architect Daniel Brenner is in his late thirties when he receives his first challenging and lucrative commission: to design a cultural center for a satellite town in East-Berlin. He accepts the offer under the condition that he gets to choose who he works with. This way, he reunites with former colleagues and friends - most of them architects or students of architecture who have since chosen a different profession due to personal restraint or economic confinement. Together, they develop a concept which they hope will be more appealing to the public than the conventional and dull constructions common to the German Democratic Republic. However, their ambitious plans are once and again foiled by their conservative supervisors. As frustration grows, Daniel has trouble keeping his career in balance with his family-life: his wife Wanda wants to leave for West-Germany. Written by
21 June 1990 (East Germany)
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Filming of "The Architects" began on October 2, 1989, just one month before the German Reunification. For the crew, November 9 (the day the Berlin Wall fell), was a regular day at work. Having chosen to ignore ambiguous radio announcements in order avoid getting behind on the filming schedule, they didn't learn of the events until later that evening. See more
Construction is built on compromise.
[he picks up a snail-shell
Look. Compared to natural materials our supplies are compromises. We have to live with them. And they aren't the only challenges. Building is political. We project power. Each building reflects status, like it or not. Prosperity or austarity. Dreams or despair. Economics and technology. They also reflect client tastes. Architects have to fight for their rights. But they also have to compromise. Any who deny ever having made a ...
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