The relationship between social dynamics and architecture has always been intimate. It is a constant dialogue between social norms and politics, stylistic trends and aesthetic choices, individual preferences and the collective good. The Modernist Period was a time when architecture took on the challenge of many social problems. In all the arts – architecture, design, music and film – the period was highly politicized and the choices often gave way to a utilitarian ideal that was a hybrid of efficiency, simplicity and comfort. Jake Gorst’s new film Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island, supported by Design Onscreen, is a message of preservation that takes us through the history of the modernist housing boom that took place on Long Island, NY in the period between the Great Depression and the 1970s.
On August 14th, Cook+Fox Architects hosted a private film screening at their office on 641 Ave of the Americas, presenting the treasures along the island’s shore that have fallen between the cracks of history. The film looks at works from Albert Frey, Wallace Harrison, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, Charles Gwathmey, Barbara and Julian Neski and many others.
Follow us after the break to catch up on the history of the development of these houses on Long Island.
Rialto Cinemas and Design OnScreen, a non-profit organization that produces, distributes and preserves high-quality films on architecture and design, are pleased to announce a collaboration that has secured 20 exciting films from the world of Architecture and Design to play in Auckland, New Zealand. The Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival will play from May 10 – 20 at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket and includes a number of New Zealand premieres as well as the return of some favorite films. The Resene Architecture Film Festival brings together an eclectic selection of films that showcase the best in architecture and design around the world. In addition, architects are able to apply to The New Zealand Institute of Architects (Inc) for CPD Points for movies seen in the festival. For more information on the event, please visit here.