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'How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?' screened for free at Hammer museum

July 5, 2011 | 10:12 am

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Go inside the mind -- and the buildings -- of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster as the UCLA Hammer Museum shows a free screening of the documentary film "How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?" on Tuesday night.

Directed by Norberto Lopez Amado and Carlos Carcas, "How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?" (2010) looks at the architect's rise from humble beginnings in England to the head of the international firm Foster & Partners.

Foster shares his influences and thoughts on the importance of design in bringing people together. The film also lovingly captures some of his most innovative projects: Swiss Re tower, often referred to as "the Gherkin" because of its pickle shape; a 2008 terminal addition at Beijing's international airport; the world's tallest bridge in Millau, France, shown above; the Great Court at the British Museum in London; Hearst Tower in New York; and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

The film starts at 7 p.m. at the Hammer's Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. Admission is free, but tickets are required. They are available starting at 6 p.m. at the theater box office. One ticket per person; reservations not accepted. Hammer Museum members receive priority. (310) 443-7000.

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Photo credit: Jean-Philippe Arles / Reuters

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