How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?

© Valentin Alvarez
© Valentin Alvarez
© Valentin Alvarez
© Valentin Alvarez
© Valentin Alvarez
© Valentin Alvarez
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“A handsome portrait of one of the most esteemed architects of the modern age.” — Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph

Year: 2010
Country: Spain, UK
Running time: 78 mins
Genres: Architecture

Producer: Elena Ochoa
Screenplay/Narrator: Deyan Sudjic
Photography: Valentin Álvarez
Editor: Paco Cozar
Music: Joan Valent

Colour and B&W

With: Norman Foster, David Nelson, Richard Serra, Anish Kapoor, Paul Goldberger, Carl Abbott, Alain de Botton, Nigel Dancey, Loretta Law, Mouzhan Majidi

Festivals: Berlin, Melbourne, San Sebastián 2010

“This admiring, hugely enjoyable, largely uncritical documentary on Norman Foster follows the career of Britain’s most successful living architect, from Manchester, where he was born quite literally on the wrong side of the tracks (a railway line separated his parents’ working-class home from a prosperous middle-class area), via Yale to international renown. Foster is an eloquent speaker with a touch of Lancashire in his voice, a likable man, who uses a sketch pad as a way of thinking, and we get to see stunningly photographed images of his work from Manhattan to Beijing, including his breathtaking Millau Viaduct over the Gorges du Tarn. The commentary is written and spoken by the architecture critic and director of the Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic, and the question in the title was posed by Buckminster Fuller when he flew with Foster over the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia.” — Philip French, The Observer

“A visually striking tribute to an intrepid social utopian.” — David Parkinson, Empire

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