Christopher Ian Smith’s documentary portrait of Basildon charts a familar journey from postwar optimism to 1980s betrayal, but ends up as something both messier and more moving
No one comes off well in this film adaptation of JG Ballard’s 1975 dystopian fable, which traces the unraveling of the social order in a Barbican-like des res on the outskirts of a city, says Nick Bradshaw
One of the ironies of Communism was that, while the West was in thrall to the Hollywood studios, Polish artists had the freedom to advertise US films with bold and arresting visuals
Wim Wenders lets the architecture do the talking in his latest series of documentaries about landmark buildings. It's just a shame the buildings don't have a better script, says Isabel Stevens
The designer's films offer a glimpse into a nightmarish sci-fi future in which every surface, appliance and inch of peripheral vision fizzes with data – an onslaught that might be just a couple of years away. Designers, he says, must shape this world – or be shaped by it
A documentary explores the radical designs that made Brazilian modernist, playboy and Niemeyer contemporary Sérgio Bernardes a star and the controversial affiliations that eventually left him bankrupt and forgotten, says Arthur Thompson
Huw Lemmey praises a "capitalist realist" artist who tackled the politics of post-war Germany with rare clarity
Watch the designer's films that depict a future in which a virtual layer of data is a continual presence in our lives
From spaceship airlocks to hotel floor tiles, the director went to painstaking lengths to create the physical environments of his most famous films, writes Will Wiles
Charles Holland enjoys a witty take on the eternal Lego question – is it better to ignore the instructions?
Realising he lived next to the spot where the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man appeared in Ghostbusters, Christopher Moloney printed off a still from the scene, held it up and snapped a history
Like Nathaniel Kahn, Tomas Koolhaas has made a film about his father, the celebrated architect, but this is no intimate family portrait – Rem himself gets only a supporting role. Instead, Tomas turns his lens on the buildings themselves and the lives taking place in and around them
The innovative festival in north-east England drew on the area's past while making links to a wider present, says Fatema Ahmed
The Croatian artist’s work flirts with post-socialist melancholia, but moves beyond the usual clichés, says Douglas Murphy.
Angel Borrego Cubero’s wonderfully gossipy film, The Competition, follows five of the world’s most famous architects in apparently hot pursuit of the chance to build the national museum of Andorra. It's a revealing glimpse of life at a big-name practice, from the late-night pizzas to the experience of being shouted at by a Pritzker Prize winner.