Architecture Film Festival London 2017

Architecture & Politics

Film programme & talk with guests at the Bargehouse

The indissoluble relation between Architecture and Politics is examined by three films where architecture keeps playing a vital role despite the failure of politics.

Guests: Birgite Sigmundstand, Kjetil Jakobsen & Daniel Schwartz

Chaired by Manuel Toledo 

BARGEHOUSE, Room 7, Friday 9 June 2017


dir. Birgite Sigmunstad, Norway, 2017
17 minutes

Based on a text by Kjetil A. Jakobsen, the film is shot in the government quarters in Oslo, which was partly destroyed by the terrorist attacks of July 22nd, 2011. It tells the story of these buildings – of their origin and of the artistic vision of architect Erling Viksjø which included murals drawn by Picasso. It also tells the story of the times they were built under and of the uncertain future that awaits them.


dir. Markus Kneer and Daniel Schwartz, Switzerland, 2014
22 minutes
Spanish with Eng. subtitles.

Torre David, a 45-story office tower in Caracas, was almost complete when it was abandoned following the death of its developer and a national banking crisis that crippled the Venezuelan economy in 1994. Neglected for over a decade, in 2007 it became the improvised home for a community of over 800 families living in an extra-legal and tenuous occupation that many called a vertical slum.

This short documentary reveals what life was like for residents several years prior to the government’s eviction in 2014. Filmed as part of larger project by the interdisciplinary design team, Urban-Think Tank, the movie was part of a larger research and design project that resulted in a book and numerous exhibitions, including the Golden-Lion-winning exhibition at the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture.

More information on the project at:


The White Elephant
dir. Felipe Egaña, Chile, 2010.
10 minutes
Spanish with Eng. subtitles.

It would have become Chile’s largest free public hospital, but the military coup postponed the plans. Until today, a large concrete construction adjoins a peaceful residential village in the Pedro Aguirre Cerda district. The testimony of the neighbours faced with a White Elephant.

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