A six-part documentary series from Al Jazeera profiling architects who are using design as a form of activism and resistance to tackle the world’s urban, environmental and social crises. The series follows architects from Vietnam, Nigeria, Spain, Pakistan, Israel/Occupied West Bank and Brazil who believe architecture can do more than iconic towers and luxury flats – turning away from elite “starchitecture” to design for the majority.
Part 1 – Guerrilla architect
Santiago Cirugeda is a subversive architect from Seville who has dedicated his career to reclaiming urban spaces for the public.
Part 2 – A traditional future https://youtu.be/5yvAFis1FB0
Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari uses local building techniques to rebuild villages in the flood-stricken Sindh region.
Part 3 – The architecture of violence https://youtu.be/ybwJaCeeA9o
Eyal Weizman explains architecture’s key role in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the evolution of urban warfare.
Part 4 – Greening the city https://youtu.be/bgQoVbEX8-A
Vo Trong Nghia attempts to return greenery to Vietnam’s choking cities and design affordable homes for poor communities.
Part 5 – Working on water
Architect Kunle Adeyemi sets out to solve the issues of flooding and overcrowding in Nigeria’s waterside slums.
Part 6 – The pedreiro and the master planner
Informal builder Ricardo de Oliviera struggles with the government’s plan for the future of Rio’s Rocinha favela.