In Europe, from mid-50’s to the end of 70’s, a young generation of architects dreams of other possibilities to live within cities, other ways to rethink space inside houses. Spatial or nomad cities, bubble houses, flying houses or plastic homes… This movie dives us into the fantastic universe of a utopian architecture.
With the support of the FRAC-Centre (Regional Foundation for Contemporary Art. It is composed with an exclusive compilation of interviews:
In France: Claude Parent, Yona Friedman, Pascal Haüsermann, Guy Rottier, Antti Lovag
In England: Archigram (Peter Cook and David Greene)
In Italy: Archizoom, Superstudio, Gianni Pettena
In Austria: Hans Hollein, Coop Himmelb(l)au
And the collaboration of the art critic, Michel Ragon.
There are also the architect’s personal archives:
These architects used to make video films to illustrate or accompany their projects. Their movies were a bit more to them: they also considered it as part of a great artistic conception and a way to build complete masterpieces. They realized experimental movies and happenings within this global conception of creation. This video archives will help us to consider their time and the urban context of the moment through an entertaining and political approach, characteristic of the 60’s and 70’s.
He directed a few fiction films, such as BEAU RIVAGE, a long feature film starring Daniel Duval released in January 2012. He also directed documentaries and dedicated many films to architecture (“The Bubble And The Architect”, “Suddenly La Grande Motte”, “About The Bunker”, “A whole life on this desk”, “Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum”). He recently worked on “Kanak!”, a documentary program for France 5 channel that will be broadcasted on October 2013.
Julien Donada is also the author of two books, one introducing the architect Pascal Hausermann (Bubbles, conversations with Pascal Hausermann, Facteur Humain editions). He is also a photographer and a columnist in the Tiger monthly magazine.