Online Screening:
How Buildings Learn, Part 2:
The Low Road


October 10 – November 13, 2022

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How Buildings Learn (1997)
Episode 2: The Low Road
Writer/Presenter: Stewart Brand
Director: Janet Lee
Production Company: BBC TV
30 minutes
English; Turkish subtitles

Salt presents an online screening of How Buildings Learn (1997), a six-part documentary that offers insight into how buildings change over time to meet the varying needs of their inhabitants.

The second part of the series takes a closer look at buildings such as sheds, warehouses, garages, huts, shacks, boats, and mobile homes, and how people arrange them according to their needs. Brand considers how such buildings are largely overlooked but form homes for many people.

Written by Stewart Brand in 1994 and adapted into a television series by BBC in 1997, How Buildings Learn offers a critique of modernist approaches to architecture and argues for “an organic kind of building, which is easy to change and grow as the ideal form of building.” Refusing the “center out” understanding of design, Brand adopts an evolutionary approach where users can change the functions of a building to meet their varying needs.

Each episode will be uploaded weekly, and can be accessed online until November 13 via

In accordance with Article 7 of Law No. 5224 amended on 18.01.2019,
films that have not been assessed and classified by the General Directorate of Cinema, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey, can only be screened under the classification of 18+ at festivals, special screenings or similar culture and arts events.