The Top Places To Watch Architectural Lectures Online

15:30 - 14 July, 2015
Louis I. Kahn lecturing at the ETH Zurich (Switzerland). Image © Peter Wenger
Louis I. Kahn lecturing at the ETH Zurich (Switzerland). Image © Peter Wenger

The online lecture, similar to the podcast, is an easy, often entertaining way of absorbing knowledge and the opinions of thinkers and practitioners from around the world. We've gathered together some of our favourite sources for watching architectural lectures online. Ranging from Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel's famous American Architecture Now interviews with Frank Gehry in 1980 and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown in 1984, to Sir Peter Cook speaking at Frankfurt's Staedelschule in 2012, these open-source films provide invaluable insights into architects and architects throughout recent history.

From “Silk Road” to “Gas Road”: Students to Document the Turkmenistan-China Gas Pipeline

06:00 - 22 May, 2015
© Xiaoxuan Lu
© Xiaoxuan Lu

Three Harvard students have launched a Kickstarter Project to fund a short film and digital exhibition on the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline, which runs along the historic Silk Road. "From 'Silk Road' to 'Gas Road'" will explore the "cultural, ecological and urban implications" of the 21st century intervention, following the summertime journey of Lu Xiaoxuan, Benny Shaffer, and Justin D. Stern along the pipeline. The project is being carried out through Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese studies, and the trio intends to finish filming and photographing for the project this summer. 

Learn more about the project and how to support it after the break.

'The Listeners Project' Create Four Short Films In London's Former BBC Television Centre

05:00 - 4 May, 2015
The Listeners Project: four short films in the former BBC Television Centre. Image Courtesy of The Listeners Project
The Listeners Project: four short films in the former BBC Television Centre. Image Courtesy of The Listeners Project

The Listeners Project, a small London-based initiative that works with young filmmakers in unique architectural spaces to develop and create short films, have taken residence in the former BBC Television Centre. The building, designed by Graham Dawbarn of Norman & Dawbarn in the late 1940s, has an iconic plan that resembles a question mark. The centre, which was once the beating heart of the majority of the British Broadcasting Company's television production, was listed in 2009 before it was finally vacated in 2013.

Oscar-Nominated Film Captures Life with Modernist Architect Parents

00:00 - 23 February, 2015

Minimalism has its challenges and for this seven-year-old sibling of two, it’s not for children. Nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 87th Academy Awards, Me and My Moulton captures the unconventional life and struggles of three kids with modernist architect parents. Watch the trailer above and see what director Torill Kove believes are five sure signs your parents were architects, after the break. 

Watch Now: World Premiere of 'Archiculture'

00:00 - 27 December, 2014

Now, after 130 private screenings in 26 countries, you can watch the official world premiere of Archiculture here on ArchDaily. The 25-minute documentary captures a rare glimpse into studio-based design education, trailing five architecture students throughout their final thesis semester at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. 

VIDEO: Wes Anderson // Centered

00:00 - 19 March, 2014

American film director Wes Anderson shares something in common with architects: a love for symmetry. Serving as proof, this kogonada produced video reveals Anderson’s masterful use of symmetry by compiling perfectly centered scenes from his many works. 

"Star" Architects: The Story of 4 Architects who Made It in Hollywood

00:00 - 19 June, 2013
Courtesy of Erik Butka, Meagan Calnon & Kathryn Anthony
Courtesy of Erik Butka, Meagan Calnon & Kathryn Anthony

In recent years, high profile news outlets like The New York Times and CNN have featured architects’ struggles by citing the dire unemployment statistic of 13.9% for recent graduates, the highest of any college major.  Many architecture firms are still reluctant to hire new full-time members to their team, and all too often students and recent graduates remain without work. Since approximately 40% of architecture graduates pursue work outside of the architectural profession, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) currently reports 26,850 students enrolled in accredited architecture programs, we can assume that over the following years 10,000 students trained as architects will forge their own path in a variety of other occupations.  

One of the most creative, high profile fields that can offer an architect a wide range of positions is the film industry. And, in fact, those with architectural backgrounds have been making the transition into the filmmaking industry for decades.  Our timeline showcases a sample of those with an architectural education who have enjoyed enormous success in the filmmaking industry over the last 80 years as actors, set designers, or directors. 

You can read more about their stories (including how Jimmy Stewart went from architecture to acting), after the break...  

Living Architectures: Inside Piano / Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine

01:00 - 2 June, 2013

Fifth project of the Living Architectures series, Inside Piano is composed of three films on three symbolic buildings of Renzo Piano's career. A visit throughout the prototype-building of the Centre Pompidou. An immersion in the soundproof world of a submarine floating in the depths of the Parisian underground. A journey aboard a luminous magic carpet of a highly sophisticated architectural machine. A humorous, caustic and quirky point of view.

Living Architectures: Gehry's Vertigo / Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine

00:00 - 1 June, 2013

Fourth project of the Living Architectures series, Gehry's Vertigo offers to the spectator a rare and vertiginous trip on the top roofs of the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. Through the portrait of the climbing team in charge of the glass cleaning, their ascensions, their techniques and difficulties, this film observes the complexity and virtuosity of Frank Gehry's architecture.

Living Architectures: Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron / Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine

00:00 - 29 May, 2013

Second project of the Living Architectures series, Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron takes us to the party atmosphere of mealtime among the grape-pickers in the dining hall designed by Herzog & de Meuron in Pomerol for one of the most prestigious vineyards in the world.  

Living Architectures: Koolhaas Houselife / Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine

01:00 - 28 May, 2013

First project of the Living Architectures series, Koolhaas Houselife portrays one of the masterpieces of contemporary architecture. The film lets the viewer enter into the house's daily intimacy through the stories and daily chores of Guadalupe Acedo, the housekeeper, and the other people who look after the building. Pungent, funny and touching.