Edifice for Learning

Posted on November 13th, 2011 by Katie Faulkner

Posted under: Things We Like

Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo – FAUUSP, Brasil from Pedro Kok on Vimeo.

Thanks to our friend and design partner Stefan Mee, of JWA in Melbourne, we have been passing around this video of the Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo de São Paulo.Built in 1969 by João Batista Vilanova Artigas, the architecture school is a famous example of Brutalism, yet strangely contemporary in this version.  Maybe it is the rich landscape or the ghosted inhabitants; there is something touching about this film.  Pedro Kok shows us an edifice for learning that stubbornly outlasts human mortality.   Watching the invisible girl searching among the library stacks, one can see both the dreams of a student and the responsibility of the architect to design for unknown generations.  Enjoy.


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