Films & Architecture: “Blade Runner”

Films & Architecture: “Blade Runner”

Following with the films we will recommend every week, this time we want to introduce “Blade Runner”. Another classic from the ’80 that shows a future Los Angeles with an atmosphere that intents to shape the urban space within which we will move in the current century. The soundtrack, composed by Vangelis deserves to be mentioned as it plays a fundamental role in the comprehension of this futuristic American city.

More info after the break.


Original Title: Blade Runner Year: 1982 Runtime: 117 min. Country: United States Director: Ridley Scott Writer: Hampton Fancher, David Peoples y Roland Kibbee Soundtrack: Vangelis Photography Director: Jordan Cronenweth Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah


In Los Angeles 2019, humans have genetically engineered Replicants, which are essentially humans who are designed for labor and entertainment purposes. They are illegal on earth, and if they make it to our planet they are to be hunted down and killed.

Rick Deckard is a “blade runner”, or a hunter of replicants. A group of replicants make it to Los Angeles to seek out a way to extend their life span. Sent to the Tyrell Corporation to ensure that the test works on Nexus-6 models, Deckard discovers that Tyrell’s assistant Rachael is an experimental replicant who believes herself to be human; Rachael’s consciousness has been enhanced with false memories to provide an “emotional cushion”. As a result, a more extensive test is required to determine if she is a replicant. Replicants have a built in 4 year life span, and this group is at the end. Although he hunts them to the end, the replicants end up teaching the detached Deckard what it really means to be human.



The former designer for Ford Motor Company, as well as “futurist consultant” for companies like Sony or Chrysler, Syd Mead is responsable for the development of these futuristic ideas. Specifically for the film he worked close to Ridley Scott designing the environment for the movie, and his drawings of the “spinners” (flying cars) shaped the 25 models utilized on the movie.

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Cite: Daniel Portilla. "Films & Architecture: “Blade Runner”" 15 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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