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Great expectations a journey through the history of visionary architecture
Wachtmeister, Jesper.
Publication Information:
Brooklyn, NY : First Run/Icarus Films, [2007]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (52, 53 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Great expectations : Looks at innovative, futuristic, utopian and sometimes bizarre architectural projects of the 20th century. Shows how contemporary problems like housing shortages, urban decay and pollution motivate architects to create changes in the way people live. Considers plans that have actually been constructed and animates some unrealized visions to see how they might have looked. Features works by Rudolf Steiner, Le Corbusier, Moshe Safdie, Oscar Niemeyer, Jacque Fresco, Peter Cook, Colin Fournier, Levitt & Sons, Antti Lovag, Peter Vetsch, and Paolo Soler.

Kochuu : Documentary about modern Japanese architecture, and its impact on the Nordic building tradition. "Kochuu" which translates as "in the jar, " refers to the Japanese tradition of constructing small, enclosed physical spaces, which create the impression of a separate universe. Features interviews with some of Japan's leading architects as well as Scandinavian contemporaries.
General Note:
Two films by Jesper Wachtmeister in one disc.

Special features: (Great expectations): Le Corbusier's functionalist cities; Buckminster fuller's lightweight geodesic domes; Moshe Safdie's habitat '67 prefab apartments; Rudolf Steiner's Goetheanum and other anthroposophy buildings in Switzerland; Oscar Niemeyer's sleek urban designs for Brasilia; Paolo Soleri's "archology" of crystal-like desert cities; Antti Lovag's curved surfaces of Palais Bulles in France; Jacque Fresco's utopian Venus project in Florida; Peter Cook and Colin Fournier's biomorphic Kunsthaus Graz in Austria.

Special feature: (Kochuu): Pritzker prize winning architects Tadao Ando and Sverre Fehn.
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From the late 1800s onward, forward-thinking architects and artists found themselves confronted with the need to solve lingering social problems around the world, and began drumming up unusual and innovative ways to change modes of living. In the process, they expanded architecture itself beyond commonly-accepted notions of "good" and "beautiful." Spanning the beginning of the 20th Century through the outset of the 21st Century, the documentary program Great Expectations examines some of the more unusual architectural creations wrought by avant-garde designers, including an Instant City Airship, subterranean dwellings covered in grass, modular apartments constructed of Lego-like bricks, and much more. The program includes biographical profiles of such innovators as Paolo Soleri, Antti Lovag, Jacque Fresco, Oscar Niemeyer and Buckminster Fuller. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi