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Living Architectures: Xmas Meir / Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine

Living Architectures: Xmas Meir / Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine
Living Architectures: Xmas Meir / Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine

Third project of the Living Architectures series, Xmas Meier takes us, during the Christmas season, in the heart of a working-class neighbourhood in the suburbs of Rome, which had been lifted from anonymity to international renown thanks to the church built by Richard Meier for the Jubilee. Controversy, caustic irony and free speech opposed to the faithful's devotion. Welcome to Rome!

“Living Architectures” is a series of films that seeks to develop a way of looking at architecture which turns away from the current trend of idealizing the representation of our architectural heritage.  

Through these films, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine put into question the fascination with the picture, which covers up the buildings with preconceived ideas of perfection, virtuosity and infallibility, in order to demonstrate the vitality, fragility and vulnerable beauty of architecture as recounted and witnessed by people who actually live in, use or maintain the spaces they have selected. Thus, their intention is to talk about architecture, or rather to let architecture talk to us, from an «inner» point of view, both personal and subjective. 

Unlike most movies about architecture, these films focus less on explaining the building, its structure and its technical details than on letting the viewer enter into the invisible bubble of the daily intimacy of some icons of contemporary architecture. Through a series of moments and fragments of life, an unusually spontaneous portrait of the building would emerge. This experiment presents a new way of looking at architecture which broadens the field of its representation. 


Xmas Meier:
Time length: 51 min 
Language: Italian 
Subs: English, French 

Living Architectures: 
Time length: 37 min 
Language: Multilingual 
Subs: English, French 

Dvd Pal: Region All


- Foreword
- The Diary
- Behind the Image

Publisher: BêkaPartners
Authors: Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine
Format: 19.5 x 22.8 (1 Book + 1 DVD)
Pages: 140 (Hardcover)
Language: English, French
ISBN: 979-10-92194-01-2

Cite: Diego Hernández. "Living Architectures: Xmas Meir / Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine" 31 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884