Announcement: Film Screening “The Wounded Brick”, Berlin 9th April 2013

The Wounded Brick, Cinema Moviemento, 22, Kottbusser Damm, Berlin, Tuesday 9th Arpil, 7:30 PM.

Short Synopsis

“The Wounded Brick” is a cinematic essay on the visions, hopes and failures while searching for humane housing in the face of economic and political interest. Filmmakers Sue-Alice Okukubo and Eduard Zorzenoni encounter architects, urban planners, sociologists and victims of the 2009 earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy.

Interviews with Vittorio Gregotti, Stefano Boeri, Lorenzo Romito, Vezio de Lucia, Friedrich von Borries, Hartmut Häussermann, Gottfried Böhm, Pauhof Architects, Harry Glück and citizens of L`Aquila merge associatively into a poetic reflection on: Who owns the city? What does housing mean?

 

Stefano Boeri, Milan: “A new policy for the city means to understand nature in the city as an area that needs to be re-dimensioned.”

Stefano Boeri, Milan: “A new policy for the city means to understand nature in the city as an area that needs to be re-dimensioned.”

Background information

Turning points, visionary thoughts and personal stories

In the spring-time of 2009 numerous towns and villages in the region of Abruzzo, Italy, were destroyed by a horrible earthquake. To this day, the residents are picking up the pieces of their existence. By losing their homes they lost the center of their personal life. There is possibly no other event where the meaning of housing as an existential human need is more radically shown than in a devastation of these epic proportions. This earthquake became an impulse and pivotal point for mediart01 to begin a very personal search for the nature of housing and to find out its existentialistic meaning both for the individual and our modern society. “The Wounded Brick” tells about characteristic turning points, visionary thoughts and personal stories during this search – from the point of views of architects, sociologists and urban planners but especially from the perspectives of those who have been affected: people in the earthquake region who had to experience the loss of their houses.

Friedrich von Borries, Berlin, Germany: “Questions of temporary housing will be much more important in the future. There need to be buffer areas to help free yourself from the rigid everyday capitalistic life. Areas you can appropriate for your needs and requirements.”

Friedrich von Borries, Berlin, Germany: “Questions of temporary housing will be much more important in the future. There need to be buffer areas to help free yourself from the rigid everyday capitalistic life. Areas you can appropriate for your needs and requirements.”

Housing on the edge of emergency

What does housing mean for a human being and for our modern society? The demographical, sociological, and economical upheavals in the modern world compel us to put this term radically in question. Our societal system is fragmenting. The migration and their following consequences in the local societies, the rapid increase of mobility, the experience of the limitations of our natural resources, and the uncontrolled growth of cities, are some of the major challenges to the topic of today’s housing. Whomever brings up cultural differences and the interplay of individual architectural practice and social development and wants to discuss this in terms of sustainable social responsibility, will hardly find a more current and descriptive subject.

Hartmut Häußermann, Berlin: "Who owns the city? Who can tell me: you’re living in the wrong way?"

Hartmut Häußermann, Berlin: “Who owns the city? Who can tell me: you’re living in the wrong way?”

Long Synopsis
A Life Long Search for the Meaning of housing
We meet three international renowned architects, the Doyens respective countries and two accredited sociologists and urban planners. Despite of their – partly -extremely advanced age, they still work creatively: Pritzker Prize Award winner Gottfried Böhm in Cologne, Vittorio Gregotti in Milan, Harry Glück in Vienna, Hartmut Häußermann in Berlin and Vezio de Lucia in Rome. Their stories about the hard assignment of designing housing mix with their professional biographies. And they mix with the upheavals and dynamic developments of the social and cultural situations in their country and with the problems that thereby arise for the topic of housing (e.g. the division of Germany and the social protest movement of the 60’s and 70’s). They talk about architectural concepts, urban design strategies, and their own personal visions in which they tried in the past few decades to explore the essence of housing not only in order to design homes that meet the people’s real existential needs, but also in order to try to make society more humane. Their words are an intimate insight into their world of thoughts and they are a fascinating historical testimony.

Gabriella Antonacci, Castelvecchio Calvisio. Gabriella and her husband Giuseppe have found refuge in her former parents’ home in Castelvecchio after the quake destroyed their property in L’Aquila. Gabriella suffers not only the painful loss of their house, which was once the center of their social life, but also the loss of “their” city of L’Aquila, which has become a ghost town. Unable to secure their future, many of her friends have moved away from the region. But the couple has decided to stay and fight for a future after the quake, and for the oncoming generations.

Gabriella Antonacci, Castelvecchio Calvisio. Gabriella and her husband Giuseppe have found refuge in her former parents’ home in Castelvecchio after the quake destroyed their property in L’Aquila. Gabriella suffers not only the painful loss of their house, which was once the center of their social life, but also the loss of “their” city of L’Aquila, which has become a ghost town. Unable to secure their future, many of her friends have moved away from the region. But the couple has decided to stay and fight for a future after the quake, and for the oncoming generations.

In Exile

On April 6, 2009, a shocking earthquake destroyed the region around L’Aquila in the Italian Abruzzi. L’Aquila is the main social, economical, and cultural center of the whole region. Not only the medieval town center, the renaissance palaces and many of the houses and apartments are damaged or destroyed, but also many of the historically important villages in the surrounding area are badly mutilated and their existence is threatened. Suddenly they all became ghost towns.The degree of the destruction not only affects the individuals, but also the collective memories of places, their identities, their histories and traditions. Today the 50,000 homeless people are now mostly housed in quickly built satellite cities. There is no economic interest in the rebuilding of their lost villages and towns, which were the birthplaces of their original identity and culture. The victims retell the stories of their homeland, their lives, their culture, and their homes. They painfully summarize that, even with the new homes, they still feel, that the hole that the earthquake left is not being filled in. Although many families from the old villages find their new homes more luxurious and larger now, they are still unhappy, feel alienated and feel like they are in exile. Their biggest wish is to return to their old homes.

Italo Flammini, Castelvecchio Calvisio. The over 90-year-old Italo was not at his home village Castelvecchio at the time of the quake, but with his son on the coast. Although he also lost his apartment during the earthquake and he could have lived comfortably with his son, he deliberately chose to go back to the destroyed Castelveccio. He now lives under primitive conditions in a rather small room in the old school building. During his eventful life he may have gotten around a lot, but this little village is and always has been his home. He points out cheerfully and proudly that he will never leave again.

Italo Flammini, Castelvecchio Calvisio. The over 90-year-old Italo was not at his home village Castelvecchio at the time of the quake, but with his son on the coast. Although he also lost his apartment during the earthquake and he could have lived comfortably with his son, he deliberately chose to go back to the destroyed Castelveccio. He now lives under primitive conditions in a rather small room in the old school building. During his eventful life he may have gotten around a lot, but this little village is and always has been his home. He points out cheerfully and proudly that he will never leave again.

On the Path to the Future

What are the visions for the future of housing? How do architects respond to the problems of rapidly growing cities, the issues with diversification of life forms and styles and arising issues of economy and ecology? Is it possible to respond to the social realities and demographic changes with visionary architectural experiments? Four renowned and innovative architects talk about their exciting search for possible concepts for the future: Friedrich von Borries in Berlin, Stalker/Osservatorio Nomade in Rome, Stefano Boeri in Milan und PAUHOF Architects in Vienna. Their ideas go from building a new city over the existing one, radically recapturing nature into the city” to the concepts of occupying the city through its residents. The architects ideas seem risky, radical and experimental but uncompromisingly, they put the people at the center of their thinking about a humane vision of housing.

Fiorella Scacchitti and Ivano de Censo, Castelvecchio Calvisio. The retired couple Ivano and Fiorella also found shelter in the former school building. With great modesty, they accept their fate, hoping for a speedy return to their damaged house. Until then, they try to maintain their daily routines of everyday life the best that they can.

Fiorella Scacchitti and Ivano de Censo, Castelvecchio Calvisio. The retired couple Ivano and Fiorella also found shelter in the former school building. With great modesty, they accept their fate, hoping for a speedy return to their damaged house. Until then, they try to maintain their daily routines of everyday life the best that they can.

About the directors

Sue-Alice Okukubo, Producer and Director

A nominee for the „Stella 2012 Award” in the category “best music”, Sue-Alice Okukubo is working as a composer and multimedia artist whose work spans compositions for theater, film and TV, video- and multi media- art. Her artistic works have been performed all over the world. She attended the “University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna” to study composition, music analysis and singing as well as the “University Vienna” to study psychology.

Eduard Zorzenoni, Producer and Director

Eduard Zorzenoni has been working in film since the early 90’s. He has produced and directed an eclectic array of award winning art films, which have been shown in festivals all over the world (New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Florence…) He practices in both the art and film world. He has also been producing TV-series and commercial films. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as well as the University Graz to study psychology and philosophy. While studying he won the appreciation award of the „Neue Galerie“ in Graz for his paintings and had his first exhibitions. He also became a project coordinator and curator in the „Landesmuseum Joanneum“ in Graz.

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Film website: http://www.thewoundedbrickfilm.com/index.html

About Ares

Ares Kalandides holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Studies from the National Technical University of Athens. He is the founder and CEO of Inpolis, an international consultancy based in Berlin, Germany and has implement several projects around the world. Ares teaches Urban Economics at the Technical University in Berlin and Metropolitan Studies at NYU Berlin.
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