Monday, August 16, 2010

Rural Studio Movie Coming August 23rd

The American Institute of Architects supported the production of the new movie about the Rural Studio, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio. The movie premieres August 23rd on PBSThe mission of the Rural Studio, a part of Auburn University's School of Architecture, is to improve living conditions in rural Western Alabama while teaching practical skills to architecture students.

The AIA reports on this in an article about the Rural Studio: Rooted in Place: Citizen Architect Documentary Chronicles Samuel Mockbee, FAIA, and the Rural Studio, by Zach Mortice.

“Sambo never talking about solving social ills,” [Rusty] Smith [associate director of the Rural Studio], says. “It’s just more humble than that. [It’s] a family at a time, or a community at a time, or an organization at a time.”

Here is a preview of the movie, and some background of the Rural Studio (I recently discussed one of the houses shown in the video, the Lucy/Carpet House, in The Carpet Conundrum): 

Rural Studio website 
Book: Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency

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