Sustainable architecture will soon be hitting the silver screen. Last Call for Planet Earth, a documentary that explores the environmental effects of building, will premiere on Jan. 31 in Brussels at the European Commission's Berlaymont Building. Conceived by Belgium-based filmmaker Jacques Allard, the movie features interviews with 12 leading architects around the world, including Thom Mayne, Kengo Kuma, Massimiliano Fuksas, and Christoph Ingenhoven.
Allard, who is not an architect, filmed over 38 hours of interviews in 12 different locations. “My father was an architect, so I've loved architecture my whole life,” he says. “In the film, I let the architects speak for themselves—each of them has charisma and a new way of thinking about sustainability, so there is no voice-over done by a narrator.”
Screenings are scheduled throughout Europe this winter and spring; an accompanying book is also due to appear later this year. Allard anticipates an American premiere in New York sometime in May. He hopes to organize it through the United Nations. More information will be available on the documentary's website, lastcallforplanetearth.eu.