Uncommon Sense: The Life and Architecture of Laurie Baker / Vineet Radhakrishnan
Forthcoming Release / English
Laurence Wilfred Baker (known as Laurie Baker) was a renowned British-born Indian architect and humanitarian. Alongside that, he was also an accomplished cartoonist, artist and innovative designer. Among other professions, he was also an architect. He once said: I think I am subconsciously often strongly influenced by nature, and much of nature’s ‘structural work’ is not straight or square. A tall reed of grass in a windy, wild terrain is a long cylinder or a hollow tube; tree trunks and stems of plants that carry fruit and leaves are usually cylindrical and not square. Curves are there to take stresses and strains and to stand up to all sorts of external forces. On top if it all, they look good and beautiful and are infinitely more elegant than straight lines of steel and concrete.”
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On Dec 29th 2016 “Uncommon Sense” was selected to ArchDaily‘s (the largest architecture website in the world) yearly exclusive and prestigious list of “Architecture Documentaries to Watch in 2017” making it the first Indian film to be selected to the list
Synopsis of the film:
Often called the Gandhi of Architecture, the Father of Green Building in India and India’s Architect for the Poor, Pritzker (Nobel Prize for Architecture) nominated British-born Quaker architect, Dr. Laurie Baker was convinced to come to India by Gandhi and lived on the fringes of civilisation with his Indian doctor wife in the remote Himalayas and forests of India for over 20 years helping the local people with medicine and building. At the age of 50, he returned to democratise architecture with his unusual simple yet powerful design ideas, making strong, green, beautiful yet cheap homes a reality for thousands in India who could never have otherwise afforded a house.
Filmed over 3.5 years and directed by his grandson, Vineet Radhakrishnan, this social documentary covers his remarkable life story, examines his pioneering socially and environmentally relevant building philosophies and how his radical, innovative ideas redefined the role that an architect and architecture can and should play in society.