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Fri 18.11.

Friday Food For Thought: Norman Foster and his 5328-tonnes building

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 18.11.2011 - Tagged as: , , ,

The tallest bridge in the world - Norman Foster's Millau Viaduct; photo by Valentin Alvarez

While he is the man behind some of the most iconic landmarks of 21st-century architecture: the breathtaking Millau Viaduct in France, London’s The Gherkin, Beijing Airport, the pioneering zero-carbon, zero-waste Masterplan for Masdar City in Abu Dhabi or the just-unveiled £50bn Thames Hub project, Norman Foster, alike many of his confrères, is known to be a very private person. Recently however, we were all given a rare glimpse into the half-century-long career of this Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect, thanks to the beautifully shot and hugely inspiring feature-length documentary, How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?.

still from 'How Much Does Your Building Weight, Mr. Foster?' ; photo by Valentin Alvarez

Titled after a question posed by an American eccentric architect and Foster’s long-time collaborator, Buckminster Fuller, the 78-minute-long film has been written and narrated by the director of London Design Museum Deyan Sudjic and directed by Carlos Carcas and Norberto Lopez Amado.

still from 'How Much Does Your Building Weight, Mr. Foster?' ; photo by Valentin Alvarez

still from 'How Much Does Your Building Weight, Mr. Foster?' ; photo by Valentin Alvarez

still from 'How Much Does Your Building Weight, Mr. Foster?' ; photo by Valentin Alvarez

still from 'How Much Does Your Building Weight, Mr. Foster?' ; photo by Valentin Alvarez

still from 'How Much Does Your Building Weight, Mr. Foster?' ; photo by Valentin Alvarez

still from 'How Much Does Your Building Weight, Mr. Foster?' ; photo by Valentin Alvarez

 

…and in case anyone wondered, this is the 5328-tonnes building in question


 

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