Shelter: February highlights

How an American architect built a daringly modern and monumental parliamentary complex in war-torn Bangladesh.


Architecture and design streaming platform screens these highlights this month.

Louis Kahn’s Tiger City (113 mins)
Bangladesh / USA 2019 (Available from Feb 1)
Art historian and filmmaker Sundaram Tagore travels in the footsteps of Louis Kahn to discover how the famed American architect built a daringly modern and monumental parliamentary complex in war-torn Bangladesh. This very personal fourteen-country odyssey delves into Bangladesh’s quest for democracy, how Kahn brilliantly wove together Eastern and Western forms, and the power of great architecture to embody the highest ideals.

Coast Modern – (56mins)
USA/ Canada 2012 (Available from Feb 8)
Travelling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the film showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies. Stepping inside the most inspired dwellings on the west coast, we feel how the light and space of a classic Modernist home can work in collaboration with the natural environment. Dion Neutra tells us that the way to live is to have ‘the comfort of being inside, yet you have the feeling of being outside’, and it is this established principle that contemporary Modernist architects are emulating and evolving.

This relaxed journey takes us across three generations of Modernist architecture, all finding beauty in their own times, and all taking us back to the basics of true living – a sense of place, light, and a deep connection to the earth. Interviewed in Coast Modern are some of the most respected names in architecture, including James Steele, Barbara Lamprecht, Ray Kappe, Hernik Bull, Pierluigi Serraino, Michael Folonis, Dion Neutra, Douglas Coupland, John Cava, Barbara Bestor and legendary photographer Julius Shulman.

Design vs Build (2 x 20mins)
USA 2020 (Available Feb 22)
One impressive project. Two unique perspectives. Design vs. Build is a new series that explores the differences in how the Architect and the Builder see a project as it moves from an idea to the construction phase and then a finished structure. Each episode features a different residential or commercial project with interviews from architects, designers, project managers, and more as they walk you through the project from their point of view.

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