Originally posted on cosmopolitan scum:

This short film essay looks at how man has built and talked about elemental architecture forms since the Tower of Babel. It takes the viewer inside the ArcelorMittal Orbit for the first time as well as placing it in historical context. I made it with Simona Piantieri, who I first worked with on her film about the Shard. Less about the merits of the structure itself, I like to think that it asksĀ important questions about how we judge architecture and art in a modern society.

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About Richard J Williams

Professor of contemporary visual cultures. Likes cities, movies, rock'n'roll, Brazil, the US. Grumpy exiled mancunian. Writes about cities, takes pictures, and does many things at University of Edinburgh, UK. Books on cities include 'The Anxious City' (Routledge, 2004), 'Brazil' (Reaktion 2009), 'Regenerating Culture and Society' (edited with Jonathan Harris, LUP 2010), and 'Sex and Buildings' (Reaktion, all being well, 2012). In preparation is Order and Disorder in Urban Space and Form, with Paul Jenkins (Routledge 2013). Used to know about art, but now prefers to make his own. See exhibition of photographs, 'Richard Williams: United States', Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, until March 18, 2012.

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