Directed by Carlos Carcas & Norberto López Amado, the architectural film “How much does your building weigh, Mr Foster?” will be released on this coming 28th January.
The film traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. Portrayed are Foster’s origins and how his dreams and influences inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the largest building in the world Beijing Airport, the Reichstag, the Hearst Building in New York and works such as the tallest bridge ever in Millau France. In the very near future, the majority of mankind will abandon the countryside and live entirely in cities. Foster offers some striking solutions to the problems that this historic event will create.
We can not ignore the damage that our buildings inflict on the natural environment. As the consequences of our past inaction becomes ever more apparent, designing for a sustainable future becomes a necessity, not a choice. Sustainable design means doing the most with the least means. Following the logic of ‘less is more,’ it employs passive architectural means to reduce energy consumption, minimising the use of nonrenewable fuel and reducing the amount of pollution. Responsible sustainable design is not simply about individual buildings; it should be implemented at all scales – from product design to the design of cities. In the final analysis, sustainability is about good design. The higher the quality of design, and the more efficient the project is, the longer the project will have a role, and in sustainability terms, longevity is a good thing. The following Sustainability Policy outlines Foster + Partners’ approach to sustainable design.
+ Movie trailer