Building Blocks

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/6736261[/vimeo]

When I saw this fun Berlin-commie-block-as-Tetris video, I immediately thought of Habitat 67, Moshe Safdie’s experimental modular apartment building. When it was built, by assembling prefab housing cubes into a jumbled whole, it looked more or less like what you see in this video. Unfortunately, Safdie’s vision of customizable, prefabricated apartment construction wasn’t as feasible as he had hoped, so instead of the deconstructionist cubes of Habitat 67, we have a world filled with lookalike boxes.

Below is an excerpt from Stuart Cooper’s 1977 movie The Disappearance, starring Donald Sutherland as a hitman who lives in Habitat 67. There’s plenty of great shots set to a very appropriate soundtrack.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45aLS9sc8wY[/youtube]

This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Wednesday November 04 2009at 08:11 am , filed under Architecture, Canada, Europe, Video and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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