175th Anniversary

Of Dreams and Cities - Architecture in Film

Image - Of Time and the City

Image: Of Time and the City. Courtesy of the BFI.

A season of films celebrating the RIBA's 175th Anniversary

BFI Southbank, London
31 October - 29 November 2009
Booking now open

Explore how our lives are shaped by architects and the built environment through a season of films, held at BFI Southbank. Of Dreams and Cities – Architecture in Film is a varied programme of documentaries, features, silent classics and European cinema gems that demonstrate how the cinema uses architects and the built environment to influence our emotional responses.

Enjoy a wide range of films from Murnau's Sunrise and Tati's Playtime to Peter Greenaway's The Belly of an Architect, Terence Davies' Of Time and the City and Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg. View Charley in New Town by Halas & Batchelor - a short animation on how to replan a town:

In addition, a specially created collection of rare British films and TV documentaries from the BFI National Archive is available to view free of charge in the Mediatheques (BFI Southbank, Cambridge Central Library, and the QUAD, Derby), including László Moholy-Nagy's New Architecture at the London Zoo, and The Ten Year Plan.

Visit the BFI website| for full information and booking.


A series of events| accompanies the film season, including a lecture by Jaime Lerner at the RIBA and an RIBA Building Futures debate|.

The RIBA would like to give a special thank you to Geoff Andrew, Head of Film Programme at BFI Southbank; Simon McCallum, Curator, BFI Mediatheque and Rhidian Davis, Curator, Public Programmes. Thanks also to Brian Robinson, David Somerset, Ilona Cheshire, Mark Reid, Richard Coopey, Rosie Bradley, Shaun Fradd and Stuart Brown at the BFI.

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