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Dieste [Uruguay]

DIESTE [URUGUAY] (Dieste [Uruguay]) Heinz Emigholz , D 2017, 95 min

Streetscapes – Chapter IV / Photography and beyond – Part 27 / Architecture as Autobiography / Eladio Dieste (1917–2000)

From November 30th on DVD - includes a Bonus-Disc with 3 short films by Heinz Emigholz:
TWO BASILICAS (36 min), LE CORBUSIER [|||||] ASGER JORN [RELIEF] (29 min), TWO MUSEUMS (18 min).
- no dialogue / international versions

World premiere: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017: 19:00 h at Akademie der Künste
Second screening: Sunday, Feb 19th, 2017: 14:15 h at CineStar 8

Official Trailer

“The grace that we demand from art is a flower of effort and energy, which is the opposite of negligence.“ ELADIO DIESTE

About the film

Eladio Dieste’s innovations and alternative construction methods were for a long time more efficient than conventional methods and made it possible to build large spans in a manner never seen before. Today he is regarded as an outstanding construction-engineering artist. His writings on architecture and construction and his ideas on creating form and on the relationship between architecture and art establish him as a profound thinker on social architectonic practice.

A cinematic documentation of twenty-nine buildings by the Uruguayan architect and shell-construction master Eladio Dieste (1917-2000). The film was shot in November 2015 in Uruguay and Spain. As prologue, three constructions by Julio Vilamajó (1894-1948).

The film shows the following buildings:

Three buildings by Julio Vilamajó in Montevideo, Uruguay
Casa Vilamajó
Garage Building
Facultad Ingenieria (1937)

Main part (Buildings by Eladio Dieste in Uruguay):
Church of Christ the Worker
(1955-60), Atlántida
Casa Dieste
(1959-63), Montevideo
(1964), Montevideo
Lanas Wool Industry Complex
(1964-89), Trinidad
Church of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish House
(1965-68), Malvín
Church of Saint Peter
(1967-71), Durazno
Municipal Bus Terminal
(1971-74), Salto
(1973-75), Durazno
Service Station
(1976), Salto
Cítricos Caputto Fruit Packing Plant
(1971-77), Salto
Ayui Parador Café
(1977), Salto
Cooperativa Agrícola
(1976-78), Young
Carugatti Construction Equipment Garage
(1979), Montevideo
Agroindustries Fruit Processing Plant
(1976-80), Juanicó
Refrescos del Norte
(1976-80), Salto
Club Romeros
(1980), Salto
Turlit Bus Station
(1980), Salto
Lanera Uruguaya Wool Warehouse
(1980-82), Montevideo
Don Bosco School Gymnasium
(1984), Montevideo
Navíos Horizontal Silos
(1981-90, Nueva Palmira
Shopping Center
(1984-88), Montevideo
Television Tower
(1986), Maldonado
Wool Warehouse
(1992-94), Juanicó
Solsire Salt Silo
(1992-94), Montevideo

Appendix (Buildings by Eladio Dieste in Spain):
Church and Parish Center Nuestra Madre del Rosario
(1995-97), Mejorada del Campo
Church and Parish Center San Juan de Ávila
(1997), Alcalá de Henares
Student’s Street Camino de los Estudiantes
(1996-98), Alcalá de Henares
Church of the Holy Family
(1998), Alcalá de Henares
Church of Santa Cruz de Coslada
(1998), Coslada

Eladio Dieste

Eladio Dieste was born in Artigas, Uruguay in 1917. In 1943, he graduated as a construction engineer from the University of Montevideo. He and his wife Elizabeth Friedheim, a German-Jewish immigrant, had twelve children. Starting in 1945, he taught at the Department of Engineering at the University of Montevideo. He gathered practical experience in bridge building and as an architect for various companies. In 1946, Dieste built the first reinforced brick shell for the architect Antoni Bonet in Maldonado. A spectacular load test proved that reinforced, double-curved brick shells are stronger than reinforced concrete. In 1956, Dieste and his former fellow student Eugenio Montañez founded a company that further developed this construction method and used it for most of his constructions. He led a group of masons, concrete workers, and ceramicists whose great craftsmanship made it possible to carry out this new construction technique. Eladio Dieste’s innovations and alternative construction methods were more efficient than conventional methods for a long time an