Screening + Lecture / Gabu Heindl & Drehli Robnik: Mock-ups in Close-up. Architectural Models in Film 1919–2014

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The Museum of Finnish Architecture hosts a lecture and a screening by Gabu Heindl and Drehli Robnik: Mock-ups in Close-up. Architectural Models in Film 1919–2014. Join us in Zoom for the lecture and visit the Museum of Finnish Architecture for the screening during the week.

The lecture and screening are part of the public programme of the ongoing exhibition In Scale – The World of Architectural Scale Models.



Screening: Mock-ups in Close-up
17–20 August 2021, Museum of Finnish Architecture

Participation with a museum ticket.

Mock-ups in Close-up: Architectural Models in Film 1919-2014, a film by Gabu Heindl and Drehli Robnik is a comprehensive overview, as well as a compilation in celebration of, an under-explored object in the relationship between architecture and cinema: how physical architectural models or mock-ups figure ’as themselves’ in movies. As a work in progress, the video has expanded into a 140 minutes long chronological series of narrative feature film scenes showing architectural models – scenes from 202 different movies released between 1919 and 2014.

Although Mock-ups in Close-up contains some obvious classics such as The Fountainhead or The Belly of an Architect, it does not primarily quote from ”films about architecture”. Rather, it offers a section through a feature film history that is not picky (though with a bias towards a cinema that the two of us are most familiar with, i.e. Western popular cinema). This history, our video intimates, seems to be obsessed with showing models in a variety of contexts. Be it on the fringes or at the center of a scene, architectural models pop up in urban planning conferences or military briefings, during heist preparations or in/as haunted houses, in love stories, thrillers, dramas, comedies or Science Fiction. The films compiled include arthouse and blockbuster fare, auteur cinema as well as instalments of film franchises such as the James Bond, Robocop or X-Men cycles. The list of filmmakers who couldn ́t resist to either pan over or focus on architectural models includes Fritz Lang, Stanley Kubrick, Kathryn Bigelow, Steven Spielberg and (the two directors most frequently showing models) Tim Burton and Alain Resnais.

Gabu Heindl is an architect, urban planner and theorist; her Vienna based practice GABU Heindl Architektur focuses on public space, collective housing, urban justice. Gabu holds a Postgraduate Master in Architecture and Urbanism from Princeton University (as Fulbright Scholar) and wrote her PhD on radical democracy in architecture and urban planning at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Since 2018 she is Visiting Professor at Sheffield University, and since 2019 a Unit Master at the AA. Recent publications: Co-editor of Building Critique: Architecture and its Discontents (2019), and author of Stadtkonflikte. Radikale Demokratie in Architektur und Stadtplanung (2020).

Drehli Robnik (PhD Amsterdam 2007) is a Vienna-based free-lance philosopher in matters of film, history and politics, also a part-time critic and music-based edutainer. He has co-edited volumes on David Cronenberg, Siegfried Kracauer and the politics of X-Men movies, and has written German-language monographs on anti-nazi resistance in film/TV, Jacques Rancière, Kontrollhorrorkino and on power-relations in pandemic cinema (Ansteckkino, 2020). He has taught at universities in Vienna, Brno and Frankfurt, and is working on DemoKRACy, a book on Siegfried Kracauer´s conception of politics.


The Museum of Finnish Architecture building was built in 1899. Not all parts of the old building are wheelchair-accessible. The main door of the museum is heavy to open, and the building has thresholds and stairs. Plan your visit and find accessibility information here


Online Zoom Lecture: Mock-ups in Close-up
18 August 2021, 6–8 pm (UTC+3)

Free admission. Held in English.

In their lecture Gabu Heindl and Drehli Robnik focus on political aspects (or aspects close to political issues) of the video, of its form, context and topics.

For lecture participants, we recommend visiting our museum and watching the screening before hand. The lecture will be held on Zoom Webinar platform. Please pre-register from this link no later on Tuesday 17th of August 2021:

Please note that registration is binding and personal. However, if you have to cancel your participation, please notify us by e-mail to: Information about a potential cancellation is important so we can give your place to the next one on the waiting list. Instructions for participation will be sent in a separate email after the registration has closed.


The lecture is free of charge and organized in English. Interpretation, translations or live-captioning are not provided. There will be no recorded version of the lecture available afterwards. Technical instructions are on display at the beginning of the lecture. Instructions and link for participation are sent in a separate email after the registration has closed.


In Scale – The World of Architectural Models

The main exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture invites people of all ages interested in miniature worlds and architecture to project themselves into a world in miniature. An exhibition of scale models always leaves room for the imagination: exploring scale models does not require any prior skills. To appreciate the significance of the scale model, the observer simply must imagine the building in its real size or see themselves as being small enough to step inside. The exhibition is open until the 15th of August 2021. View the exhibition

For more information, please contact:

Jemina Lindholm
Manager of Learning and Public Programmes
Museum of Finnish Architecture