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Monday, December 05, 2016

ACB and '100 Years, 100 Buildings'

I've been a fan of ACB's (Art & Culture Bureau) half-hour architecture documentaries ever since I discovered them back in 2006. The series, directed by Richard Copans and Stan Neumann (individual docs are directed by them but sometimes by others), does an excellent job at explaining important buildings through location shooting, architectural models, interviews with the architects, and thoughtful narration.

When it came time for me to research the projects in my recently published book 100 Years, 100 Buildings, I watched all of the relevant ACB documentaries. From the 100 in my book, there are (now) 14 buildings that overlap, each of which is embedded below. For more ACB architecture documentaries, visit their YouTube playlist, where 59 of them are found as of today.

1923 Notre Dame du Raincy | Auguste Perret | Raincy, France


1926 Bauhaus Dessau | Walter Gropius | Dessau, Germany


1929 Barcelona Pavilion | Ludwig Mies van der Rohe | Barcelona, Spain


1950 Johnson Wax Buildings | Frank Lloyd Wright | Racine, Wisconsin, United States


1952 Säynätsalo Town Hall | Alvar Aalto | Säynätsalo, Finland


1964 Yoyogi National Gymnasium | Kenzō Tange | Tokyo, Japan


1971 Phillips Exeter Academy Library | Louis I. Kahn | Exeter, New Hampshire, United States


1977 Centre Georges Pompidou | Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers | Paris, France


1982 SESC Pompeia | Lino Bo Bardi | São Paulo, Brazil


1996 Therme Vals | Peter Zumthor | Vals, Switzerland


1997 Guggenheim Museum Bilbao | Frank Gehry | Bilbao, Spain


1999 Jewish Museum Berlin | Daniel Libeskind | Berlin, Germany


2000 Sendai Mediatheque | Toyo Ito | Sendai, Japan


2013 Xiangshan Campus, China Academy of Art | Amateur Architecture Studio | Hangzhou, China

2 comments:

  1. I'm a big fan of the ACB architecture documentaries. Very recently their account has been terminated by YouTube. A big blow, as I didn't get to see all of their videos. They really were of great quality :(

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    1. Yikes! It says, "This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Terms of Service violations." Hard to believe, since they were posting their own content (at least I think that was the case). That's sad.

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