Film :: Citizen Architect :: August 23

National PBS Broadcast :: Film ::
Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the
Spirit of the Rural Studio
Monday August 23, 2010 

at 10 pm ET/9 pm CT on PBS

If one is looking for a rosier outlook for American ingenuity and cultural uplift through architecture..., you couldn't be more energized by any film than Sam Wainwright-Douglas' Citizen Architect.

In 1993 the late architect and MacArthur Genius Samuel Mockbee started the Rural Studio, a 
design/build education program, in which students create striking architecture for impoverished communities in rural Alabama.

Guided by frank, passionate interviews with Mockbee, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio shows how a group of students use their creativity, ingenuity and compassion to craft a home for their charismatic client, Jimmie Lee Matthews, known to locals as "Music Man" because of his zeal for old R&B and soul records.

The film reveals that the Rural Studio is about more than architecture and building. Mockbee's 
program provides students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Interviews with Mockbee’s peers and scenes with those he’s influenced infuse the film with a larger discussion of architecture’s role in issues of poverty, class, race, education, social change and citizenship.

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