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How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

A film by Norberto López Amada & Carlos Carcas

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Born in Manchester, England, on the wrong side of the tracks, Norman Foster rose from a humble working class background to become one of the premier modern architects of our time. Beautifully filmed in over ten countries and homing in on his most iconic works, including London's Swiss Re Tower, New York's Hearst Building, Berlin's Reichstag, Beijing Airport's International Terminal and the breathtaking Millau Viaduct, over the Gorges du Tarn in France, How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? is an unprecedented exploration of an architect whose quest is to improve the quality of life through design, and his work, which offers striking solutions to humanity's increasing demands.

Featuring Norman Foster, Anthony Caro, Buckminster Fuller, Paul Goldberger, Cai Guo-Qiang, Anish Kapoor, Richard Long, Richard Rogers, Richard Serra, Deyan Sudjic & more.

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What the Critics are Saying

"The Mozart of modernism." - The New Yorker

"Dazzlingly shot...stirring! The film is an architecture lover's dream. Captures the beauty and breadth of Foster's output with eye-popping swoop and grandeur." - Los Angeles Times

"Hugely enjoyable." - The Observer (London)

"Elegant and stylish. With true poetic beauty, this rich, revealing documentary about the world-renowned British architect - as productive and creative as he is inspirational - could attract legions of young people to the profession just as it enlightens older 'civilians' to the beauty and function of architecture in a new, more demanding century." - Film Journal

" Flows like one of Foster's buildings: elegant, organic, unique, and endlessly fascinating." - This Week in New York

"Gives the viewer quite a lot to marvel at. You can appreciate the grace and harmony of his compositions in glass, steel and light." - The New York Times


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Features and Specifications

Special Features:

  • Directors Q&A
  • Filmmaker Biographies

Format: DVD
Release Year : 2010
Running Time: 80 minutes
Color: Color
Language: English

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