Movies for architects and designers

Proposals of films and series for designers and architects (Part 2)

16 / 04 / 2020

A few weeks ago we proposed you some of the most inspiring films and series for designers and architects to overcome this time marked by the COVID-19. As many countries have tightened containment measures, we leave you a second list with our recommendations. Enjoy them!

Ecological Design: Inventing the Future. For those interested in eco-friendly design, this documentary features the ideas and prototypes of pioneering designers who have trail-blazed the development of sustainable architecture, cities, energy systems, transport, and industry. Beginning in the 1920's with the work of Buckminster Fuller, moving through the 1960's and the Counter Culture and ending up on the doorstep of the 21st century.

The Fountainhead. For those who love classic films, this 1949 film adaptation of the novel by Ayn Rand revolves around Howard Roark, an architect inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and played by Gary Cooper. In the film, Roark's modernist approach to architecture is contrasted with that of most other architects and repeatedly loses jobs with architectural firms and commissions from clients because he is unwilling to copy conventional architectural styles. It is therefore a tribute to creative freedom. A film that every architecture student should see. 

Inception. This fantastic film byChristopher Nolan, released in 2010, captivates all architects with these imagined environments that fold and unfold at will. For those who like complex films with surprising endings. 

Metropolis. A futuristic perspective of architecture as backdrop of this emblematic and essential film by Fritz Lang from 1927.

Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect. Koolhaas' work is as much about ideas as it is about constructing buildings; for him, what is essential is not to create individual masterpieces, but to provoke and excite through the wide range of his activities. This is an engaging portrait of a visionary man that takes the audience to the heart of his ideas, to inspire us all.

Sketches of Frank Gehry. This documentary shot by Sydney Pollack in 2006 explores Gehry's process of turning these abstract drawings first into three-dimensional models, often made simply of cardboard and tape, then into finished buildings of titanium and glass, concrete and steel, wood and stone.


It’s time to be at gome, to be inspired and to create!