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


Elena Ochoa

Screenplay, Narrator

Deyan Sudjic


Valentin Álvarez


Paco Cozar


Joan Valent


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


Berlin, Melbourne, San Sebastián 2010


“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