“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.