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1. Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio (2010 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

In rural Alabama, architecture students cross the threshold of poverty to build communities, not just structures, and leave snakebit to make a better world.

Director: Sam Wainwright Douglas

Votes: 38

3. PressPausePlay (2011)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Music

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratized culture ... See full summary »

Directors: David Dworsky, Victor Köhler | Stars: Apparat, Ólafur Arnalds, Scott Belsky, Robyn Carlsson

Votes: 1,462

4. Visual Acoustics (2008)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Bricker | Stars: Frances Anderton, Tom Ford, Frank Gehry, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 572 | Gross: $0.10M

5. Louis Sullivan: the Struggle for American Architecture (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

Documentary about the revolutionary and brilliant Chicago architect Louis Sullivan (1856-1924); his rapid rise to fame, tragic decline, and the ultimate triumph of his creative spirit.

Director: Mark Richard Smith | Stars: Madolyn Smith Osborne, Mark Richard Smith

Votes: 8

6. Tall: The American Skyscraper and Louis Sullivan (2006)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

The development of the American skyscraper, starting in the late 19th century, in Chicago and then New York, centers on the conflict between architects Daniel Burnham and Louis Sullivan.

Director: Manfred Kirchheimer | Star: Dylan Baker

Votes: 19 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe (2004)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary

REGULAR OR SUPER is a fascinating and informative introduction to the work of Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), one of the 20th century's most influential architects, and a thought-provoking ... See full summary »

Directors: Patrick Demers, Joseph Hillel

Votes: 37

8. Making the Modern (2003)

60 min | Documentary

Fort Worth, Texas: a little known museum Mecca in the heart of the American West, home to three of the most important collections in the United States. Here in 1997, the Modern Art Museum ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Lynch | Stars: Kevin Alter, Tadao Andô, Peter Arendt, Michael Auping

Votes: 12

9. Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

63 Metascore

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have ... See full summary »

Directors: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey | Stars: Charles Eames, Ray Eames, James Franco, Jeannine Oppewall

Votes: 886 | Gross: $0.15M

10. Helvetica (2007)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Manfred Schulz, Massimo Vignelli, Rick Poynor, Wim Crouwel

Votes: 6,953 | Gross: $0.20M

11. Urbanized (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Norman Foster, Jan Gehl, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Amanda M. Burden

Votes: 1,907

12. The Human Scale (2012)

83 min | Documentary, News

50 Metascore

Half of the human population lives in urban areas. By 2050, this will increase to 80%. Life in a megacity is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, ... See full summary »

Director: Andreas Dalsgaard | Stars: Jan Gehl, Rob Adams, Robert Doyle, Lars Gemzøe

Votes: 657

13. The Competition (2013)

99 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

A raw account of how some of the best architects in the world, design giants like Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry or Zaha Hadid, struggle to beat the competition for the National Museum of Art in ... See full summary »

Director: Angel Borrego Cubero | Stars: Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel

Votes: 47

14. Kochuu (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, History

KOCHUU is a visually stunning film about modern Japanese architecture, its roots in the Japanese tradition, and its impact on the Nordic building tradition. Winding its way through visions ... See full summary »

Director: Jesper Wachtmeister | Stars: Tadao Andô, Sverre Fehn, Kristian Gullichsen, Toyo Ito

Votes: 74

15. Balseros (2002)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

The story of Cuban refugees who risked their lives in homemade rafts to reach the United States, and what life is like for those who succeed.

Directors: Carles Bosch, Josep Maria Domènech | Stars: Guillermo Armas, Maria Celeste Arraras, Rafael Cano, Fidel Castro

Votes: 548

16. First Person Singular: I.M. Pei (1997 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History

90-minute special on the architect. Filmed throughout the world over a two-year period.

Director: Peter Rosen | Star: I.M. Pei

Votes: 66

17. Style Wars (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 69 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and early '80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and breakdancing.

Director: Tony Silver | Stars: Demon, Kase 2, Eric Haze, Spank

Votes: 2,398

18. Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight (2008)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Biography

Profiles Milton Glaser (1929- ), America's foremost graphic designer: designer of the iconic "I [heart] N.Y." logo, teacher, and humanitarian. Interviews with Glaser are arranged to take ... See full summary »

Director: Wendy Keys

Votes: 182

19. Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (2008)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

A journey inside the world of a legend of modern art and an icon of feminism. Onscreen, the nonagenarian Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw-an uncompromising artist... See full summary »

Directors: Marion Cajori, Amei Wallach | Stars: Pandora Tabatabai Asbaghi, Jean-Louis Bourgeois, Louise Bourgeois, Guerilla Girls

Votes: 111

20. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal | Star: Edward Burtynsky

Votes: 2,627 | Gross: $0.24M

21. Unfinished Spaces (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

Cuba's ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists in the wake of Castro's Revolution, is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece.

Directors: Benjamin Murray, Alysa Nahmias | Stars: Vittorio Garatti, Roberto Gottardi, Ricardo Porro

Votes: 76

22. The Edge of the Possible (1998)

58 min | Documentary

Jorn Utzon, acclaimed architect of the Sydney Opera House, tells the story of the design and construction of his masterpiece.

Director: Daryl Dellora | Stars: Jørn Utzon, Philip Drew, Elias Duek-Cohen, Jon Lundberg

Votes: 10

24. Coast Modern (2012)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary, History

Coast Modern is an independent documentary by directors Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome produced by Twofold Films. Travelling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Mike Bernard, Gavin Froome

Votes: 54

25. My Father, the Genius (2002)

84 min | Documentary

An old architect who believes he's a genius and the world doesn't appreciate his big ideas, asks his daughter to write his biography, and she decides to make a movie about him including all aspects of his life, professional and personal.

Director: Lucia Small | Stars: John Johansen, David Mesa, Ralph Mursinna, Michael Rendler

Votes: 100

26. Bird's Nest - Herzog & De Meuron in China (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

Superstar architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron must negotiate between two cultures, two architectural traditions, and two political systems to build the new National Stadium for ... See full summary »

Directors: Christoph Schaub, Michael Schindhelm | Stars: Weiwei Ai, Pierre De Meuron, Jacques Herzog, Uli Sigg

Votes: 49

27. The Socialist, the Architect and the Twisted Tower (2005)

59 min | Documentary

A dramatic, behind-the-scene-story about the building of Santiago Calatravas Turning Torso in Malmö. A 190 meter high, twisted residential building which was appointed "worlds best residential building project" at Mipim in Cannes, 2005.

Director: Fredrik Gertten | Stars: Johnny Örbäck, Santiago Calatrava

Votes: 10



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