How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? (image 1)

A handsome portrait of one of the most esteemed architects of the modern age.

Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph

Screened as part of NZIFF 2011

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? 2010

Directed by Carlos Carcas, Norberto López Amado

Admiring, hugely enjoyable, superbly shot doco displays the work and traces the global success of Britain’s most successful and influential architect. “A visually striking tribute to an intrepid social utopian.” — Empire

Spain / UK In English
78 minutes Colour and B&W

Producer

Elena Ochoa

Screenplay, Narrator

Deyan Sudjic

Photography

Valentin Álvarez

Editor

Paco Cozar

Music

Joan Valent

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

Elsewhere

“This 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