The Arts and Education Council’s “Back Row Film Series” continues with a Chattanooga premiere of “Citizen Architect”: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio.”
Tickets for this event have already been sold out but the film will be aired nation wide on PBS on August 23rd, 2010 incase you miss the in-town premiere. Here’s a link to the Screening Schedule for “Citizen Architect”.
The Arts and Ed Council writes this about the film and it’s Chattanooga screening:
What: Hale County, Alabama, is home to some of the most destitute and impoverished communities in the US. It is also home to Samuel Mockbee, founder of Auburn University’s Rural Studio, the prolific and inspirational design-build outreach program. CITIZEN ARCHITECT is a documentary film chronicling the late Sam Mockbee — artist, architect, teacher, community organizer and caregiver to poverty-stricken Hale County residents. This 60-minute film for PBS explores Mockbee’s effort to infect architecture’s future practitioners with the knowledge and passion to improve their community’s quality of life.
After the screening, meet filmmakers Samuel Wainwright Douglas and Jack Sanders, and hear more about the Rural Studio from local graduates of the program.
Time: 6:00 PM: Reception sponsored by Big River Grille / 6:30 PM: Film screening / 7:45 PM: Discussion with filmmakers and local architects
Josh Cooper, local architect and one of the first graduates of the Rural Studio says that Mockbee who was affectionately known as “Sambo” began this program around 1993 as part of Auburn University’s School of Architecture. Cooper talks about Mockbee’s goal for his students at Rural Studio to build a house using a budget of $20,000 along with donations of land and existing structures or materials from them to build new homes.
Local Architect and also a graduate from Mockbee’s Master Program, Craig Peavy tells of how students from Rural Studio built a chapel in the side of a hill using recycled tires and stucco.
Here’s a Hay Bale house built by Rural Studio:
This is from an article published on Auburn University’s website:
The Rural Studio $20K program gets its name from the minimum home price allowed by this USDA program.
To date seven $20K homes have been built. Two more $20K homes will be built in the 2008-09 calendar year.
Here’s an article in Bomb Magazine with great photos of Rural Studio buildings.
Reporting by Monessa Guilfoil
Listen to the story with Architects Josh Cooper and Craig Peavy and Laurel Eldridge of the ArtsEdCouncil: