Three shorts on architecture

New Zealand, 1975

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  1. “Some Elements of Architecture.” A no-commentary interlude of stone, wood and brick; patterns and colours, enclosed spaces, and people. 2. “Ways of Looking at Buildings.” Comments from assorted people upon high-rise and other buildings, old and new. 3. “Anxiety and Alternative.” Suggestions for new ways of preserving the uniqueness of our place, while building for our future. A comprehensive examination of New Zealand architecture - past, present and possible future.

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New Zealand National Film Unit


Sam Neill

David H. Fowler



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New Zealand
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Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Building materials

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Buildings - Conservation and restoration

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → High-rise apartment buildings - Social aspects

Crafts & Visual Arts → Architecture

Crafts & Visual Arts → Architecture - Human factors

Crafts & Visual Arts → Architecture and history

Crafts & Visual Arts → Architecture and society


Documentary → Documentary films - New Zealand

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → City planning - Social aspects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → High-rise apartment buildings - Social aspects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Housing - Social aspects

History → Buildings - Conservation and restoration

History → Historic buildings

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Future life

Short films

Short films → Short films - New Zealand






16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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