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‘I listen to the land’ – poetry and greenery intertwine in Emilio Ambasz’s architecture

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The Argentinian-US architect Emilio Ambasz is known for buildings that are green both in hue and philosophy. Viewing his structures as an extension of the landscapes that surround them, his works are often clad with plant life and insulated with earth. And while, today, combining buildings and gardens has become quite popular, in the 1970s his ‘green over grey’ designs were revolutionary. Part of the Museum of Modern Art’s Built Ecologies video series, this short features Ambasz discussing some of his most notable works – both built and unrealised – while expounding on why building in harmony with nature is central to his aesthetic philosophy.

Video by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Director: Michael Cukr

Producer: Sarah Cowan

7 February 2024
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