Rebel Architecture (2014)

“Architecture has always determined the human world, from eccentric structures to the greatest monuments. But a rebellion is under way, led by a new breed of architect that puts people before icons — architects using the tools of their trade to restructure their surroundings and redefine their profession.

A six-part documentary series from Al Jazeera profiling architects who are using design as a form of activism and resistance to tackle the world’s urban, environmental and social crises. The series follows architects from Vietnam, Nigeria, Spain, Pakistan, Israel/Occupied West Bank and Brazil who believe architecture can do more than iconic towers and luxury flats – turning away from elite “starchitecture” to design for the majority.”

My favorite videos in this series:
Part 2 – A traditional future
Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari uses local building techniques to rebuild villages in the flood-stricken Sindh region.
Part 4 – Greening the city
Vo Trong Nghia attempts to return greenery to Vietnam’s choking cities and design affordable homes for poor communities.

Films for Action
Special thanks to Jim for this tip.

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