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Rebel Architecture (2014)

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A six-part documentary series from Al Jazeera profiling architects who are using design as a form of activism and resistance to tackle the world's urban, environmental and social crises. The series follows architects from Vietnam, Nigeria, Spain, Pakistan, Israel/Occupied West Bank and Brazil who believe architecture can do more than iconic towers and luxury flats - turning away from elite "starchitecture" to design for the majority. 

Part 1 - Guerrilla architect

Santiago Cirugeda is a subversive architect from Seville who has dedicated his career to reclaiming urban spaces for the public.

Part 2 - A traditional future

Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari uses local building techniques to rebuild villages in the flood-stricken Sindh region.

Part 3 - The architecture of violence

Eyal Weizman explains architecture's key role in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the evolution of urban warfare.

Part 4 - Greening the city

Vo Trong Nghia attempts to return greenery to Vietnam's choking cities and design affordable homes for poor communities.

Part 5 - Working on water

Architect Kunle Adeyemi sets out to solve the issues of flooding and overcrowding in Nigeria's waterside slums.

Part 6 - The pedreiro and the master planner

Informal builder Ricardo de Oliviera struggles with the government's plan for the future of Rio's Rocinha favela.

www.aljazeera.com