“We were doomed for failure in the eyes of the architectural community” says Skyscraper movie designer

The megatall tower in new action movie Skyscraper was never expected to be a hit with architects, admits production designer Jim Bissell, but he wanted the building to be a “hero” nonetheless. The task of designing The Pearl – an imaginary 240-storey tower in Hong Kong that catches on fire – fell to Bissell and

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Skyscraper movie director wanted “a tower based on real possibilities” says Adrian Smith

This summer’s blockbuster movie Skyscraper centres around a fictional megatall tower that is intended to be as realistic as possible, according to architect Adrian Smith, who was consulted during its development. Drama in the action-adventure film – released in the US tomorrow, 13 July 2018 – revolves around an imaginary 240-storey skyscraper in Hong Kong,

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Architecture film is “a genre in the making” as festivals multiply

Architecture film festivals are booming, as filmmakers turn their attention to the genre, new events launch, and audiences grow. 2017 has been a particularly standout year for film festivals dedicated to architecture, with new festivals opening in London and Melbourne, and already established ones adding more dates and cities to their programmes. “I noticed that

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Julian Rosefeldt celebrates “anti-architecture” in new movie Manifesto

Filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt transforms German industrial landmarks into “alienated places” for his latest film, which sees actor Cate Blanchett take on 13 personas while reciting art declarations. Rosenfeldt, a German artist and former architect, first presented Manifesto in 2015 as a multi-screen gallery installation. He has now expanded the project into a film, which was shot almost exclusively in

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High Rise is “not a criticism of post-war architecture” says director Ben Wheatley

The main character in High Rise, a new movie based on JG Ballard’s dystopian novel, is a residential tower that “doesn’t care about the people inside it” and is designed by an arrogant architect. Director Ben Wheatley spoke exclusively to Dezeen about the film and why it “isn’t a takedown of the architects of the More

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Minority Report designer Alex McDowell applies filmmaking techniques to refugee-camp design

Design Indaba 2016: a design technique used on feature films including Minority Report, The Terminal and Man of Steel is being applied to refugee camps in an attempt to develop more human-centric settlements. Production designer Alex McDowell is exploring how the “World Building” technique he developed while working on Hollywood movies could be used to develop More

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Famous characters appear in Madame Mohr’s concept for new Vienna subway stations

Super Mario and the Cheshire Cat are among the characters featured in these renderings produced by Austrian studio Madame Mohr as part of a competition proposal for a new subway line in Vienna (+ slideshow). Vienna’s U5 subway line began construction in August 2014. The city’s public transport authority launched a competition calling for design proposals for the […]

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