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The Absent House
A film by Rubén Abruña
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When Puerto Rican architect Fernando Abruña Charneco began designing buildings in the 1970s, many called him as crazy for putting nature first... a practice which later would be heralded as "sustainable green architecture."

For more than 30 years, he confronted climate change with sustainable constructions: including a house without a roof that is completely independent of the power and water utilities, a micro-eco-house on wheels, a pre-designed sustainable house, a parachute-house and a solar-electric car.

Abruña Charneco inherited the design mantra of "doing more with less" from R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the Geodesic Dome and the Dymaxion car, for whom he worked as an apprentice.

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In times of climate change and the dramatic challenges it poses, THE ABSENT HOUSE delivers a much-needed, hopeful and proactive message that we can live sustainably while preserving the planet for future generations.

"A positive, exciting documentary that will make viewers optimistic about the possibilities of changing the way we create environments in which to live and work." —Video Librarian

"Architect Fernando Abruña Charneco prioritizes nature in his ingenious designs. In the 1970s, critics scoffed; now, however, his innovations exemplify the green architecture movement." —Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

2015 Latin American Studies Association Film Festival (LASA)
2015 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
2014 Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland
2014 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival
2014 CineTekton Film and Architecture Film Festival
2014 Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
2014 Greenbuild Conference and Expo
2014 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
2014 DOK Market Leipzig Documentary Film Festival

55 minutes / color
Release: 2014
Copyright: 2013
Sale: $348

Subject areas:
Architects, Architecture, Caribbean, Energy, Environment, Environmental Film Festivals, Housing, Puerto Rico, Science and Technology, Sustainability, The Caribbean, Urban Planning & Design

Related Titles:
Dreaming of a Tree House: An exploration of the design and philosophy behind a 20 year-old experimental, ecological collective housing project in the center of Berlin.

Shigeru Ban: A profile of the Japanese architect noted for his use of inexpensive construction materials, such as cardboard tubes, used in prefab housing adopted by the UN High Commission for Refugees.

Waste = Food: Based on the theories of William McDonough and Michael Braungart, major corporations embrace environmentally sustainable architecture and production in an ecologically-inspired industrial revolution.

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