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November 03, 2011

"Citizen Architect" (video review)


At left, the Music Man and Rural Studio instructor Jay Sanders oversee the construction of a handrail on the back steps of the "Music Man House" in rural Hale County, Alabama, May 20, 2003.
© AP Photo/Michael E. Palmer
Source: AP Images

Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio
directed and edited by Sam Wainwright Douglas

Instructor Jay Sanders and his students from the Rural Studio work to create a new home for Jimmie Lee Matthews, also known as the "Music Man", in Newbern, Alabama. Begun by Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee in 1993, the Rural Studio has worked to give architectural students of Auburn University hands-on experience in building the structures they design as well as the opportunity to help and make a difference in poor, rural communities. While Sambo passed away in 2001, his legacy continues with the Rural Studio. Family, friends, students, and co-workers comment on Sambo’s groundbreaking approach to architecture and how he sought to make architecture something for everyone. The film also covers some of the many different architectural projects conducted by the Rural Studio such as the Yancey Tire Chapel, the Butterfly House, and at the end the results of the Music Man’s new house.

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Posted by rmassare at November 3, 2011 10:00 AM

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