After the trying constraints of lockdown and social distancing, “Homo Urbanus” is a cinematic odyssey offering a vibrant tribute to what we have been most cruelly deprived: public space. Filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have been working together for the past fifteen years on experimenting with new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture and the urban environment. Their previous films include “Koolhaas Houselife,” “Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron,” and “Barbicania.”
This lecture is part of the Berlage Keynotes, an ongoing lecture series by internationally prominent practitioners, designers, and thinkers. A selection of speakers from different disciplines, including architects, artists, filmmakers, and theorists, present how their work engages with contemporary design issues and debates. Organized and hosted by the Berlage, the series is part of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment’s Thursday evening public program. This fall semester, speakers include Baukunst, Bêka & Lemoine, Theo Deutinger, Flores & Prats, Adriaan Geuze, Gigon/Guyer, Piovenefabi, and Studio Gang.
Image: “Homo Urbanus,” courtesy of Bêka & Lemoine.