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Mies on Scene - Barcelona in Two Acts - A Building That Changed the History of Architecture
The Barcelona Pavilion, the masterpiece with which Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich staged their revolutionary ideas in 1929, changed the history of architecture forever. It only existed for eight months but its image was survived in the minds…
Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation
One of the most iconic structures ever built, Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia is a unique and fascinating architectural project conceived by controversial genius Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century. More than 125 years after construction began, the basilica still…
Exhibition on Screen: Michelangelo
The spectacular sculptures and paintings of Michelangelo seem so familiar to us, but what do we really know about this renaissance genius? Who was this ambitious and passionate man? A virtuoso craftsman, Michelangelo's artistry is evident in everything he touched.…
Great Cathedral Mystery
PBS
The dome that crowns Florence's great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore--the Duomo--is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth after more than six centuries, it is taller…
Alvaro Siza - Transforming Reality
In "Alvaro Siza Transforming Reality", Portugal's renowned architect discusses his work and tours 15 projects with architectural historian Kenneth Frampton, who has referred to Siza as "one of the most important architects working today". In 1974 the end of the…
Monuments to Man: The Impact and Influence of Concrete on Civilization
Man walks, drives and rides on it. He lands his aircraft on it. He uses it to cross rivers or go through mountains, he builds his playgrounds, offices, homes and factories...his schools, universities, churches and almost everything he needs -…
Le Cabanon par Le Corbusier
The wooden cabin situated in the hillside of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the French Riviera was to serve as a model for minimal living. However, when architect and painter Le Corbusier sketched his Thoreau-like hut in December 1951, he did so in…
Inverary
Part of the Series: Great Estates of Scotland
PBS
For more than 500 years, Inveraray Castle has housed the chieftain of one of the world's best-known family clans, the Clan Campbell. It is now the home to the 13th Duke of Argyll, His Grace Torquhil Ian Campbell, and his…
Berlin's Jewish Museum - A Personal Tour With Daniel Libeskind
This extraordinary haunting building, a zig-zag form reflecting an invisible matrix of addresses of Jewish Berliners who once lived in the area, is Daniel Libeskind's first commission. It took ten years to build, and it has become an integral part…
Architects Herzog and de Meuron: Alchemy of Building
This video is about the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, who were jointly awarded the 2001 Pritzker Prize, their profession's highest honor, for combining "the artistry of an age-old profession with the fresh approach of a new…
The New Modernists: 6 European Architects
Produced at roughly the same time as The New Modernists 9 American Architects, this film examines an equally interesting selection of European architects. Critic Kenneth Frampton sees this group of architects, working from Seville to Finland, understanding and interacting with…
O.M. Ungers - Designing a Museum of Architecture in Germany
In 1979, the city of Frankfurt commissioned Oswald Mathias Ungers, one of Germany's best-known architects, to design a museum for architecture. The museum was to be housed in an 80 year-old villa on the riverbank. Ungers came up with a…
Rosslyn
Part of the Series: Great Estates of Scotland
PBS
Uncover myths and legends of mysterious Rosslyn Chapel, where part of The Di Vinci Code was filmed. Many believe it to be home to the Holy Grail, the skull of St. Matthew or John the Baptist or even of Jesus…
Making Space - 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture
For the first time in history, women are creating some of the most exciting architectural designs in the world. How have they navigated their way to the top? What is the nature of their creative process? Are there gender differences…
Under Construction
The National Building Museum exhibition entitled "Hot to Cold" of architectural models by BIG, the firm founded by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, inspires thoughts about how forces like global warming, the competition for residents between cities and suburbs, and a…
Dumfries
Part of the Series: Great Estates of Scotland
PBS
Tour the interior of the fabulous Dumfries House, an architectural gem that boasts one of the largest collections of Chippendale furniture in the world. This once-neglected mansion was dramatically brought back to life and saved for the nation by HRH…
The Tugendhat House - Mies van der Rohe's Czech Masterpiece
One of the most influential works of Twentieth Century architecture in Europe was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Although it is beloved of architects the world over, the Villa Tugendhat in the Czech Republic's second city…
Kincardine
Part of the Series: Great Estates of Scotland
PBS
The 70-room Kincardine Castle is home to only two people, Andrew and Nicky Bradford. In a little over a century, the castle and its surrounding 3,000-acre estate have gone from being a trifling extravagance for its fabulously rich owners to…
The New Modernists: German Architecture for the 21st Century
A visit with the principals of seven architectural practices at the sites of their best work in many parts of Germany. The eleven architects, all born after World War II, give insight into the situation of architecture and the architect…
Architects Herzog and de Meuron: Tate Modern
The Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were jointly awarded the 2001 Pritzker Prize, their profession's highest honour, for combining "the artistry of an age-old profession with the fresh approach of a new century's technical capabilities". Over the…