Documentary for the Aljazeera English Rebel Architecture series
Santiago Cirugeda is a subversive architect from Seville who has dedicated his career to reclaiming urban spaces for the public.
His buildings are often fast-build, mobile structures made from recycled materials. Design for Cirugeda is about matching available materials with the skills of those keen to build it. The key is that they serve a social function, which Santiago thinks contemporary architecture has lost sight of in its obsession with the aesthetic.
We follow him as he takes on his biggest task yet, saving a huge abandoned cement factory, and negotiating with the authorities to let his National Architects’ Collective turn it into a vibrant cultural centre.
Duration: 25 minutes
Director: Ana Naomi de Sousa
D.O.P: Woody James
Editor: Cesar Caldito
Executive Producer: Daniel Davies
Commissioning Editor: Flora Gregory
First Broadcast: September 2014, Al Jazeera English
Film Page: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/rebelarchitecture/2014/06/spain-guerrilla-architect-201462993348959830.html