MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series Opens With Double Feature

A special screening of “Futuro” and “People in Glass Houses” will be held October 2.


September 12, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) — The 2013-14 MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series will begin Wednesday, October 2,with a double feature presenting “Futuro: A New Stance For Tomorrow” and “People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler.”

Hosted by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and sponsored by Sarah Sonke of MODTriangle, the movie series will screen architecture-related movies once a month from October through February 2014 at the Raleigh Grande.Futuro

“Futuro: A New Stance For Tomorrow” is a short film that journeys back in time to the “futuristic past” to investigate the rise and fall of the plastic Futuro house designed by architect Matti Suuronen. In 1965, Dr. Jaako Hiidenkary asked Suuronen to design a ski cabin. That commission turned into a round, prefabricated house with a distinctive “flying saucer” shape and airplane hatch entrance. The little house measured 13 feet high and 26 feet in diameter.

Futoro’s story is “full of international color and drama,” the movie’s promotional material claims, “tracing the development of Suuronen’s ‘purely mathematical idea’ into a multipurpose commodity, which is eventually destroyed by time and public opinion.”

“People in Glass Houses,” sponsored by architect Dail Dixon, FAIA, explores architect Joseph Eichler’s departure from cookie-cutter suburban tracts of the postwar era to innovative, modern houses that, together, created communities built around common-use parks and pools. Eichler built nearly 11,000 of his single-family houses in California beginning in the 1940s. According to the Eichler, these houses “befuddled the traditional masses—emphasizing boldness, change, and optimism through indoor-outdoor living, walls of glass, atriums, and radiant-heat floors.”

In the film, three generations of the same family, all of whom own Eichler homes, talk about returning to a simpler time when kids played ball in cul-de-sacs at night. They also share resources for maintaining the integrity of the original glass-walled structures. 

The double feature begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 and are available at the NCMH Ticket Desk inside the Raleigh Grande at 4840 Grove Barton Road, Raleigh (27613).

Additional movies series sponsors include the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh, VMZINC, Kontek, and Alison Steele of A + S Design. For more information on these and future films in the series, go to




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