Built to Last is a series of ten experimental short films exploring the fate of grand Soviet-style buildings and monuments erected during the Communist era (1945-89) in Central and Eastern Europe. Moving from Moscow to Berlin, Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest, Belgrade, Pristina, Tirana, and Sofia, the film mixes and fuses the past and present conditions of administrative buildings, museums, monuments, homes, Communist Party headquarters, hotels, and panel housing projects. The series of vignettes examines the changes in public attitudes to these relics of our recent past, which were built with the intention that they would last forever.
Director: Haruna Honcoop
2017 / 59 min / Czech Republic / D.C. Premiere
This feature film will be screened in the Museum's Auditorium.
This feature length film is followed by The Disappearance of Robin Hood.
Director: Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou
2018 / 25 min / UK
Among the most daring and innovative of housing projects in 1970s London was the Robin Hood Gardens Estate. This documentary illustrates the campus’s innovative concept and character, contextualizing it within the housing crisis that lingers in London to this day.
The Architecture & Design Film Festival: D.C. is presented by the National Building Museum with the Revada Foundation.
1.0 LU (AIA)
$12 Museum | $5 Student | $15 Non-member | $135 All Access
Get the All Access Pass which includes the opening night, reception, and auto-registration to all screenings.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Image Credit: Still from Built to Last – Relics of Communist-era Architecture directed by Haruna Honcoop, 2017.