A is for Architecture: 1960 Documentary on Why We Build, from the Ancient Greeks to Modern Times

Made available by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), A is for Architecture “offers a thorough, colourful, and charming tour through the grandeur of ancient Greece, the Byzantine tradition throughout Christian Europe and Muslim Asia, the middle ages with their walled up castles and locked-down cities, the luxury of Louis XIV’s France, the awe-inspiring atmosphere of gothic churches, the hope, progress, and speed of the early industrial modern era, and finally the sophistication of the urban skyscrapers of the mid-20th century.” “What do we build?” asks the film. And “how will the story read when our time has passed?” Directed by Gerald Budner and Robert Verrall in 1960, the short documentary runs just shy of 30 minutes.

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