Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  55 minutes
Date:  2014
Genre:  Expository
Language:  Spanish / English subtitles
Grade level: 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
Color/BW:  Color
You must register and login to preview and purchase items.
You might also be interested in...

The Absent House

New to Docuseek2? Please register and login to preview and/or license this film. If your institution has already licensed this film, you will need to access this page from your institution's network to watch the film. For help on using Docuseek2, please visit our help wiki.

Sustainable design in the tropics. The story of a Puerto Rican architect pioneering locally-suited green buildings for over thirty years.

The Absent House

A designer from Puerto Rico pioneered green architecture thirty years ago, and today he confronts climate change with sustainable constructions including a house without a roof that is completely independent of the power and water utilities, a micro-eco-house on wheels, a pre-designed sustainable house, a parachute-house and a solar-electric car.

When architect Fernando Abruna Charneco began designing buildings in the 1970s, many called him as crazy for putting nature first... a practice which later would be labeled as sustainable green architecture. He inherited the design mantra of 'doing more with less' from R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the Geodesic Dome and the Dymaxion car, for whom he worked as an apprentice.

In times of climate change and the doomsday consequences it entails, THE ABSENT HOUSE delivers a much-needed, hopeful and proactive message that we can live sustainably while preserving the planet for future generations.

No reviews available.


** World Premiere, 2013 Festival of New Latin American Cinema
** Official Selection, 2014 Cinema du Reel, Nyon, Switzerland
** Official Selection, 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival
** Official Selection, 2014 CineTekton Film and Architecture Film Festival
** Official Selection, 2014 Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
** Official Selection, 2014 Greenbuild Conference and Expo
** Official Selection, 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
** Official Selection, 2014 DOK Market Leipzig Documentary Film Festival


Main credits

Abruña, Rubén (film director)
Abruña, Rubén (film producer)
Abruña, Rubén (film editor)
Mayer, Petra (film producer)
Pérez Garay, Idalia (narrator)

Other credits

Camera, Joseph Villalobos Cruz; music by Steve Roitstein.

Distributor credits

A film by Ruben Abruna

Docuseek2 subjects

Caribbean, The
Housing and Construction Sector
Sustainable Architecture
Caribbean, The
Urban Studies
Urban Ecosystems
Latin American Studies

Distributor subjects

Environmental Film Festivals
Puerto Rico
Science and Technology
The Caribbean
Urban Planning and Design


Architects; Architect; Fernando Abruna Charneco; Environmental; Sustainable; building; Design; tropical; Buckminster Fuller; documentary; film; video; DVD; San Juan; Puerto Rican; green design; green architecture; "The Absent House"; Icarus Films

Welcome to Docuseek2!

Docuseek2 is a streaming platform of the best documentary and social issue films available for the higher education community.

Anyone may search for titles and find detailed information about the titles. To preview films or license them for streaming, you must register and login.

Currently, we support online registration for anyone affiliated with a higher education institution. Please inquire if you are with a K-12 district or school or with a public library.

Click the Close button to get started!