Rebel Architecture

SUBHEAD: A documentary series profiling architects who are using design as a form of activism and resistance.

By Andrew Butler on 7 Mar 2015 for Films For Action -

Image above:  A country home in Vietnam built of indigenous materials from river edge tropical forest demonstrates the integration of green nature that is missing in the cities. A still image from Part 6 below.

A six-part documentary series from Al Jazeera profiling architects who are using design as a form of activism and resistance to tackle the world's urban, environmental and social crises. The series follows architects from Vietnam, Nigeria, Spain, Pakistan, Israel/Occupied West Bank and Brazil who believe architecture can do more than iconic towers and luxury flats - turning away from elite "starchitecture" to design for the majority.

Part 1 - Guerrilla architect

Video above: Santiago Cirugeda is a subversive architect from Seville who has dedicated his career to reclaiming urban spaces for the public. From (

Part 2 -  A traditional future

Video above: Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari uses local building techniques to rebuild villages in the flood-stricken Sindh region.. From (

Part 3 The architecture of violence

Video above: Eyal Weizman explains architecture's key role in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the evolution of urban warfare. From (

Part 4 - Greening the city

Video above: Vo Trong Nghia attempts to return greenery to Vietnam's choking cities and design affordable homes for poor communities.

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Part 5 - Working on water

Architect Kunle Adeyemi sets out to solve the issues of flooding and overcrowding in Nigeria's waterside slums. From (

Part 6 - The pedreiro and the master planner

Video above: Informal builder Ricardo de Oliviera struggles with the government's plan for the future of Rio's Rocinha favela. From (

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