Cecil Balmond: Visionary Engineer and Architect

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  • Directed by Michael Blackwood
  • 2009USA56 minutesEnglish
  • Prologue by Kathy Pratt, P.Eng., Crosier Kilgour and Partners

“In conversations with the architecture critic Sanford Kwinter, Cecil Balmond reveals his vision and multifaceted talents in a retrospective exhibition of his accomplishments at the Graham Foundation Gallery in Chicago. ‘The impossible made possible. This is how I regard Cecil’s influence on contemporary architecture. Through his commitment to experimentation and belief in structure as a creative act he has helped realize some of the most thrilling buildings of the last thirty years,’ said Sarah Herda, curator of the exhibition… Since the early 1980s Balmond has collaborated with such important contemporary architects and artists working today as Toyo Ito, Anish Kapoor, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind and Alvaro Siza. Balmond has introduced innovative structural concepts that have resulted in some of the most challenging buildings in the canon of contemporary architecture… He founded the Advanced Geometry Unit (AGU) in 2000, a research based practice, which is comprised of architects, artists, engineers, and scientists, to pursue his interest in the genesis of form using numbers, music, and mathematics as vital sources.”—Michael Blackwood Productions