Online Screening:
How Buildings Learn, Part 4: Unreal Estate


October 24 – November 13, 2022

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How Buildings Learn (1997)
Episode 4: Unreal Estate
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, a six-part documentary that offers insight into how buildings change over time to meet the varying needs of their inhabitants.

The fourth episode inquires into the present situation of the real estate sector, and seeks answers to questions about how we create our living spaces and their function as nests or shelters but also as investment tools. Looking at certain areas that are isolated from the city centers, Brand examines the nature of residential areas and the preference for areas that have grown up naturally and have a mixture of residential, leisure and work facilities side by side rather than in separate zones.

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