“WHAT WE DO HERE” Anthropology Documentary

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What place is there for physical hand-crafted models in the increasingly digital realm of modern architecture? How does challenging students to look beyond the screen and ‘get their hands dirty’ inform their understanding of and relationship with the structures they are conceiving?

‘WHAT WE DO HERE’ explores how aspiring architects at Manchester School of Architecture approach various stages of modelmaking as they grapple with materials, methods and machines to ultimately reveal the ways in which the models inform their individual growth and understanding. In addition to this it examines the ways that staff integrate practical making into their requirements for student assignments and within their own research projects. ‘WHAT WE DO HERE’ sets out to introduce making pedagogy through a unique insight into a space where the next generation of architects are free to experiment, test, fail, learn and grow in their craft and knowledge.

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Following official selection for the Independent Shorts Film Awards in Los Angeles California WHAT WE DO HERE was awarded Silver for Best Editing and Bronze for Best Documentary Short in September 2018.


Past and Upcoming Screenings of WHAT WE DO HERE – Click for more information/tickets

June 29th 2018 – Premiere Screening Event – 16th International Venice Architecture Biennale, Biennale Sessions, Sale D’Armi, Arsenale, Venice, Italy

June 30th – November 25th 2018 – Residence at “Time Space Existence” Exhibition, Palazzo Bembo, Venice Italy

October 17th 2018 – UK Premiere Screening event with Hawkins\Brown Architects – Odeon Great Northern Cinema, Manchester, UK

February 24th 2019 – Screening at Architecture, Design, Art Film Festival 2019 Palm Springs, California, USA 

June 15th 2020YouTube Premiere via the University of Manchester