Strategies Against Architecture
A series of films showing buildings falling down, blowing up, imploding, collapsing, rolling around on the ground and generally ceasing to be buildings. It’s like architectural slapstick. No one get’s hurt.
In which a sober and measured narrator talks us through the collapse of a Lisbon apartment building.
In which a pastoral soundtrack of birdsong accompanies the resignation of four smoke stacks. A toddler expresses its appreciation at 0:19.
In which the destruction of a grain elevator building enlivens a wholesome family day out with the kids.
In which a terrace house in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood, suffering from depression, relieves itself of its duties.
In which the demolition of an old flour factory in Cankiri, central Turkey, goes wrong, causing the building to roll onto its roof.
In which a model skyscraper is purposefully brought to collapse in someone’s living room and “unexpectedly falls sideways”.
In which the Four Seasons Hotel in Mapoto, Mozambique is elegantly destroyed in an artful display of the demolition industry’s trade.
In which an office building in Manilla decides it has had enough, and falls over, causing much consternation in the neighborhood.
In which Castaways Hotel in Las Vegas implodes and produces a spectacular cloud of dust.