Architecture on Film: PUSH + Q&A

Skyrocketing prices. Faceless landlords. A global housing crisis. With devastating clarity, PUSH illuminates the shadowy transformation of the city into an epic financial instrument. Who and what are cities for, when we can’t afford to live in them?


06:30pm, Wednesday, 11 September 2019


08:30pm, Wednesday, 11 September 2019


Cinema 1
Barbican Centre, Level -2
Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS



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We are delighted that director Fredrik Gertten will be present in person to join us for a Q&A following the film, in conversation with Anna Minton (writer, journalist and Reader in Architecture at the University of East London (UEL); author Big Capital: Who is London For?).

PUSH [London Premiere]

PUSH examines one of today’s most urgent issues – the epic transformation of cities into financial instruments – to reveal with devastating clarity the shadowy operations and forces that threaten the very foundations and principles of urban life. Who and what are cities for, when nobody can afford to live in them?

Following Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, as she goes on a global fact finding mission, the film soon demonstrates how and why house prices are rocketing, whilst wages are stagnating – a problem with symptoms known by so many, but true causes by so few. Sociologist Saskia Sassen, economist Joseph Stiglitz, and Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano help illuminate a crisis that makes gentrification look almost quaint, when the full scale of this new monster is revealed.

When I hear people today saying, ’It’s gentrification’, one reaction, an ironic reaction, is: ‘If only’. It’s much deeper than that.
- Saskia Sassen

The tragedy at Grenfell Tower, the sale of Swedish public housing to investment behemoth BlackRock, journeying from Toronto to London, Valparaiso, New York and beyond, the film illuminates the shape and extent of global finance’s ongoing conversion of real estate into a tradable asset – a market that is currently valued at more than double the combined GDP of every country in the world, actively surpassing the power of nation states and undermining the legally established human right to a home. An essential film exploring the 21st century city. Winner of the Politiken Audience Award at CPH:DOX 2019.

Sweden, 2019, Fredrik Gertten, 92 mins