8 PROJECTS chronologically visits all projects realized from 1987 until today by Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, where the office has been based since 1984. The film looks at the buildings and visits users to speak about their experiences providing alternative narratives to the often heroic stories of the architects. One observes the change of conditions of architecture production and the shifting motives of Rotterdams city planning over time. The ambitions of architects and clients are questioned by observations of the architecture in its everyday use.

  • Jens Franke
  • Marius Helten
  • Leonard Wertgen
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    34 minutes
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    March 8, 2023
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    7,000 USD
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    English, German
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    Digital, Full HD
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Director Biography - Jens Franke, Marius Helten, Leonard Wertgen

Film Based Research was founded in 2018 by Jens Franke, Marius Helten and Leonard Wertgen.

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Film Based Research use the medium film as a research tool to observe their surroundings in order to understand the built environment of the city in its diversity and contradictions. They are intrigued by the beauty and parallelism of spatial concepts and are interested in linking these concepts to their social, political and historical context.Founded by Jens Franke, Marius Helten and Leonard Wertgen, the members of Film Based Research share a multidisciplinary background in art and architecture. Past research projects have been exhibited in the Studio X Mumbai, Goethe-Institut Rotterdam and the Venice Biennale of Architecture.