How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

July 9, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Norman Foster has designed some of the most unique structures in the world, such as New York’s Hearst Building, Berlin’s Reichstag, and London’s Swiss Re Tower. His work is iconic and he is without question one of the most acclaimed architects in the world. In How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? we’re taken on a journey to learn about not only his creations, but the man behind them. You’ll be given a one of a kind tour of some of Foster’s most remarkable designs, learning the inspiration, execution, and legacy of his work. In addition to insight from Foster himself, the film collects interviews with artists, architects, and other inspired by Foster’s creations. The film also features narration from Deyan Sudjic, who serves as the director of the Design Museum.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from a documentary on an architect, as I don’t have a lot of experience with that field. But How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? has so much passion for the subject, it is contagious. The intimate look inside both Foster’s professional and personal lives is remarkable, as you discover how intertwined those worlds are. The depth of connection that Foster shares with his creations is impressive, especially in the architecture world. His methods to balance beautiful artistic designs with sustainable, effective function are explored, including the trials of such a fragile balance. The film dedicates a lot of time to the eco-friendly aspects of Foster’s designs, including a substantial exploration of his work in Dubai. I am sure some will dismiss the film due to lack of interest in architecture, but that would be a mistake. How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? is well worth a look for anyone who appreciates passion and artistic expression.

Video: How does it look?

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen. The film looks good, with a clean transfer that lets the visuals shine through. While a lot of documentaries wouldn’t require such a crisp visual treatment, this one does because there is so much to see and appreciate. The colors are bright and well balanced, while contrast is accurate, so the image never looks washed out or muddy in darker areas. In the end, a rock solid treatment.

Audio: How does it sound?

A clear, consistent soundtrack is provided. The focus is on dialogue, so there isn’t much depth or power, but there doesn’t need to be. The narration sounds great, while the various interviews are also clear and easy to understand. I heard no volume issues either, which is great news. So while not a memorable audio presentation, it handles the need of the material quite well.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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