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  • Summary: The film traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. Portrayed are Foster’s origins and how his dreams and influences inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the largest building in the world Beijing Airport, the Reichstag, the Hearst Building in New York and works such as the tallest bridge ever in Millau France. In the very near future, the majority of mankind will abandon the countryside and live entirely in cities. Foster offers some striking solutions to the problems that this historic event will create. (Art Commissioners) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Feb 16, 2012
    The film is an architecture lover's dream.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Jan 23, 2012
    Lionizing a world-class architect without tipping into hagiography, this documentary performs a graceful cinematic dance around his works.
  3. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Jan 21, 2012
    Veers too close to hagiography, although it's visually arresting enough to carry you through sagging in the narrative.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jan 21, 2012
    A treatment of Foster so reverential it verges on camp.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Miller
    Jan 24, 2012
    By the time this fawning documentary gets to Foster's CG-animated rendering for a $15 billion planned city in Abu Dhabi (a movie within the movie), you realize it's essentially an infomercial for the company he unsuccessfully tried to sell before the 2008 crash.
  6. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 24, 2012
    Mr. Goldberger's words are among the more substantive in a film that at times seems ready to levitate from the screen on puffy clouds of praise.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 24, 2012
    A better movie would have explored Foster's way-of-the-future objectives with more beyond-the-hype insight and less Zen-master bullshit.

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