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The Socialist, The Architect, and the Twisted Tower

When: Wed., Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m. 2015

THE SOCIALIST, THE ARCHITECT AND THE TWISTED TOWER

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7, DURHAM

FULL FRAME THEATRE AT THE AMERICAN TOBACCO CAMPUS—In J.G. Ballard's 1975 dystopian novel High Rise, an eccentric architect lives a peculiarly isolated life in the penthouse of an ultra-modern, amenity-rich, hanging paradise of his own design. The book describes the building's escalating post-occupancy flaws and the trivial melees that eventually erupt into all-out class war among the residents. While the subject of this documentary, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's "Turning Torso" in Malmö, Sweden, didn't succumb to a bizarre, self-contained social breakdown, the story of its construction is similarly filled with strife. The titanic project was plagued by grandiose dramas—financial, political and social—between the city's cooperative housing association and the architect. Calatrava's futuristic feats of engineering have earned him numerous accolades, including the AIA Gold Medal, yet media coverage of his work has conveyed a whiff of condescension about the difficulties arising from the architect's ambitious projects. His latest, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York City, has been subjected to the same frictions and cost overruns that have often overshadowed his visionary accomplishments. 7:30 p.m., $10, 320 Blackwell St., www.ncmodernist.org/movies.htm. —Jon Leon

Price: $10

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