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Four Shorts on Architecture Short Film (Full Length) – 1975 Documentary Animation

Four Shorts on Architecture

Short Film (Full Length) – 1975 Documentary Animation

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Director Sam Neill uses ‘Architect Man’ — a cartoon superhero trying to save Wellington’s buildings from mediocrity — to open this visual essay on contemporary Kiwi architecture. A montage of construction materials is followed by views on the high rise, woolshed, and Futuna Chapel. Renovation, DIY, prefabs and non-conformist design thinking are offered as hopes for the built environment’s future. Made by Neill when he was working at the National Film Unit, it was released in a shortened version (without the animation) in 1977, the same year he starred in movie Sleeping Dogs.

If a building doesn’t work for people it’ll never transcend the sum of its parts.
– From the narration