Bizarchitecture (VI)

“The architects who benefit us most maybe those generous enough to lay aside their claims to genius in order to devote themselves to assembling graceful but predominantly unoriginal boxes. Architecture should have the confidence and the kindness to be a little boring.” – Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness.

One Week is a 1920 short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton and the first film to be made by Keaton on his own. This 19-minute “silent” was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline, and co-starred Sybil Seely. The story involves two newlyweds, who receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift. The house can be built by numbers in one week. A rejected suitor secretly re-numbers the packing crates…

OK. I cheated on this one because it’s not real architecture, but in 2008 One Week was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.Bizarchitecture(VI)


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