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Movie Night - Frei Otto: Spanning The Future

Fiona Mckay


For the The AIA UK inaugural movie of the 2018 we screened ‘Frei Otto: Spanning The Future,' by Simon K. Chiu.

This is a documentary about the incredible life and work of Frei Otto. As an architect and engineer he laid the foundation for contemporary lightweight architecture, and his ideas are still awe inspiring, decades after he revealed them. This fact was cemented when he was named the 2015 Laureate of Pritzker Architecture Prize.

In one of the final interviews given before his passing, Frei Otto tells how coming of age in the years surrounding WWII influenced his work in tensile architecture. Along with Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller, Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Richard Neutra, Frei Otto was a visionary. His approach to form finding to solve structural as well as social problems is the foundation for modern architecture. 

This was a sold-out screening full of lively discussion at the end.  A huge thank you to all who attended for starting off the 2018 screenings with such good attendance and debate. 

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