The now-demolished council estate Robin Hood Gardens often occupies opposing positions within the architectural imagination. Was Alison and Peter Smithson’s 1972 brutalist contribution to the London cityscape a misunderstood masterpiece or a well-intentioned failure?
“Bela Vista-Inhabited Island” registers the rehabilitation of the municipal “ilha (island) da Bela Vista”, in the city of Porto, between 2015 and 2017. Through the testimonies and memories of different generations of residents, are revealed years of difficulties and struggles for better living conditions on the “ilha”.
The Brachen of Berlin are unique. Emerging from war-time destruction, economic malaise, and geo-political division, these ostensibly empty sites evolved into laboratories for botanists, artists, and ordinary people seeking respite from the city.
In the run up to the tenth anniversary of Kazakhstan’s new capital, Astana, construction workers race to finish grandiose buildings, a national song is voted on, and bewildered artists are hired in to give the appearance of culture. Yet who can afford to live in this utopia?
Based on six milestones of self-organized and self-managed housing projects in Austria, this 75-minute documentary explores a variety of topics related to cooperative planning processes from 1968 to the present.