Robin Hood Gardens

Directed by: Thomas Beyer, Adrian Dorschner
Runtime: 1h 30min Certificate: PG
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Directed by: Thomas Beyer, Adrian Dorschner
Runtime: 1h 30min Certificate: PG
Topics: Arts & Culture, Sociopolitical

A utopian idea for modern living is demolished, and the documentary Robin Hood Gardens searches the rubble for visions of a bygone era and the reasons for its failure.

Robin Hood Gardens, the brutalist council estate in East London, was unloved by its first residents in 1972, and was lauded and loathed in equal measure by internationally renowned architects, critics and social commentators. The British architects Alison & Peter Smithson failed with their grand, utopian vision for better living, but what is really behind the ostracized facade?

With the participation of residents, experts and critics, and collaborations with Harvard University, the V&A and the Venice Biennale, Robin Hood Gardens paints a polychromatic portrait of this building complex, reappraising the intentions behind it and the backlash against it, in search of answers about the failing of modernism.

On Thursday the 8th of February, co-directors Thomas Beyer and Adrian Dorschner were joined in discussion by architect, urban designer, and Associate Professor at The Bartlett School of Planning, Pablo Sendra, chaired by architectural historian and Director of the Urban Lab, Clare Melhuish.

Screening times and booking

Thu 29th Feb 20:20

Prices

Off Peak: £5 (£5 concessions)

Peak: £9 (£7 concessions)

Prices

Off Peak: £5 (£5 concessions)

Peak: £9 (£7 concessions)