Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio will air on PBS, Monday, August 23 at 10 pm. Architect Samuel Mockbee (right) created a radical approach to involving the community in architecture with his Rural Studio in one of the poorest parts of Alabama. Rural Studio is a design/build education program, in which students create beautiful architecture for impoverished communities in rural Alabama.
Through interviews with Mockbee, the PBS documentary Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio shows how a group of students use their creativity, ingenuity and compassion to craft a home for a destitute musician. The film reveals that the Rural Studio is about more than architecture and building.
Mockbee’s program provides students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Interviews with Mockbee’s peers and scenes with those he’s influenced infuse the film with a larger discussion of architecture’s role in issues of poverty, class, race, education, citizenship and social change.
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