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  • Program 1 - Opening Night

    The Infinite Happiness

    Conceived as a personal video diary, The Infinite Happiness is an architectural experience. The film takes us to the heart of a contemporary housing development considered to be a new model of success. Inhabiting the giant“8 House” built by Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels in the suburb of Copenhagen, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine recount their subjective experience of living inside this experiment of a “vertical village” - named “Best residential building of the year” by the World Architecture Festival in 2011.

  • Program 5

    Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion

    The New York State Pavilion, once the shining symbol of the 1964/65 New York World's Fair, now sits in the middle of New York City as a haunting reminder of what became of the age of optimism that was the early 1960's. This film tells the story of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the fair, and chronicles its demise over the past 50 years. The film details its post-fair use as a 60's concert venue and 70's roller rink, including the years of neglect and recent growing advocacy efforts.

    The Dryline

    Rebuild by Design, an initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and HUD, addressed structural and environmental vulnerabilities that Hurricane Sandy exposed in communities throughout the region and developing fundable solutions to protect residents from future climate events.

  • Program 2

    Talking To My Father

    Talking To My Father features two voices from two eras concerned with how Irish identity is understood through the architecture that surrounds it. Modern architecture in Ireland had reached a high point in the early sixties and one of its most celebrated and influential figures was Robin Walker.  A quarter century after his premature death, Simon Walker addresses his father again and explores the legacy of his life’s work.

    This Was Not My Dream

    “Suzana only thinks of the house, she is in love with it”. Suzana’s ex-husband cannot get it out of his mind that the new house – conceived by them both – meant the end of his marriage. The ex-husband’s jealous looks are meant for nobody else other than the straight and modern lines, “cold, tedious and without life”. While images pass through the architecture he distills his fear of the construction and elaborates about the new life that Suzana will be enjoying at that place. “Where is Suzana now?” She couldn’t be in any other place except that house, where Suzana’s love is so transparent.

    "This Was Not My Dream" was commissioned for the 14th Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

  • Program 4

    Barbicania

    This portrait of a London brutalistic and gentrificated icon is an intimate and lively survey of a masterpiece, the Barbican Arts Centre and Estate. The building is of significant historical and cultural significance for London, and the development of the building is a well-known example of ‘urban gentrification’.  Designed as a video diary of a month-long immersion in the life of the Barbican, it's an intimate and lively map of this brutalist masterpiece—from the upper floors of the towers to the underground levels of the arts center.

    The Circle

    The film is an observation of space and activity happening in Manek Chowk a traditional urban square in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

  • Program 7

    The Land of Many Palaces

    In Ordos, China, thousands of farmers are being relocated into a new city under a government plan to modernize the region. The Land of Many Palaces follows a government official whose job is to convince these farmers that their lives will be better off in the city, and a farmer in one of the last remaining villages in the region who is pressured to move. The film explores a process that will take shape on an enormous scale across China, since the central government announced plans to relocate 250,000,000 farmers to cities across the nation over the next 20 years.

    Worldcraft: Bjarke Ingels (Future of Storytelling 2014)

    World-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels challenges himself – and all of us – to think beyond the status quo and dream big. Why shouldn’t you be able to ski down a power plant? He refers to his projects as “promiscuous hybrids”—they combine seemingly disparate elements and turn fiction into fact.

    This film was commissioned by Melcher Media and their Future of Storytelling.

  • Program 11

    Four Dreams and A Thousand Demolitions

    In 2003 the Swedish government gave the Swedish Transport Board authority to decide which railway buildings were no longer needed. As a result, thousands of old buildings have now been demolished. Luckily, a few have escaped the bulldozers thanks to private enthusiasts in local communities. Who are we without our architectural heritage? What will we become without local historical knowledge? Four Dreams and a Thousand Demolitions is a poetic documentary featuring the enthusiasts who have been lucky enough to buy and save old Swedish station buildings.

    Spaces: the Architecture of Paul Rudolph

    This short documentary film directed and produced by Bob Eisenhardt recreates a genuine sense of the personal presence of the late modern architect, Paul Rudolph, and the ambience of his studio. Mr. Rudolph was widely recognized within the architectural profession as spontaneously brilliant — the unchallenged master of space and the manipulation of form. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

    The Hatch House

    This short documentary film, The Hatch House, zooms in on a Bauhaus-style cottage. Using stop motion and live-action techniques, this film creates a portrait of a cube-like cottage and it’s owner Ruth Hatch. We meditate on architecture and lifestyle where bigger ideas of existence challenge our bourgeois values. When Ruth Hatch speaks about a fragile structure notwithstanding modern appliances, she's speaking of her house but perhaps also about the modern human world. The Hatch House was one of several cottages built in the 1950s that became a Cape Cod sanctuary for artists and intellectuals like Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Herbert Bayer, László Moholy-Nagy, Xanti Schawinsky and many others.

  • Conversation 2

    Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality: what is the new reality?

    • Aviad Almagor, Director
    • Raj Patel, Acoustics, Audio-Visual, and Multimedia Designer
    • Stephanie Riggs, CEO and Founder of Azimyth Creation Studios
    • Wendy Goodman, New York magazine’s Design Editor
  • Program 6

    David Adjaye – Collaborations: A portrait of the architect through the eyes of others

    Collaborations is a feature length documentary on the work of British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye. The film features interviews with Adjaye’s collaborators, a roster of influential figures in the art and cultural world as well as a significant number of his architectural projects, including public buildings, residential houses, artist studios and exhibition spaces globally situated and developed over the past 15 years. The collaborators – artists, curators and writers, most of them interviewed ‘on site’ – give creative insights into Adjaye’s buildings, while offering a highly personal perspective on their particular collaboration. By looking at the work through the eyes of others, the understanding of the architectural approach is enhanced, personalized and broadened to encompass a wider discourse.

    The Chief

    Italian artist and filmmaker Yuri Ancarani captures the otherworldly landscape of a marble quarry in the Apuan Alps of northwest Italy, as Il Capo (The Chief) guides his men through the extraction process.

  • Program 15

    Experimenting Architecture: Hagy Belzberg

    A short documentary biography honoring Santa Monica-based architect and designer, Hagy Belzberg. His innovative uses of materials and technology have spawned new strategies in modern architecture, and led to his 2014 induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame

    Under the Skin of Design

    Under The Skin of Design tells the story of award-winning architecture where design is used as an agent of change. This film is about the relocation and construction of the award-wining building at Ravensbourne. Cross-layered with human moments and startlingly frank interviews featuring world-renowned Charles Jencks and Alejandro Zaera-Polo (Foreign Office Architects firm), the film reveals not only the vision and creativity but also the pressure and politics under the skin of this unique iconic structure. With this story we take a fresh look at how people and organizations affect the built environment, addressing economic, social and organizational dynamics, aesthetics and buildability – illustrating the power of place in our everyday lives.

  • Program 14

    Modernism Walks Into a Bar

    The personification of two architectural styles meet in a bar. They are attracted at first glance, but over the course of the night discussion leads on to discord and more sinister acts.

    OVE ARUP: The Philosopher Enginee

    Ove Arup: The Philosopher Engineer captures the story behind Arup’s enigmatic founder, exploring Ove’s character, values, vision and work. Sir Ove Arup is often heralded as the foremost engineer of the 20th century. Grounding his story in the historical context that enabled Ove to accomplish what he did, director Taghi Amirani’s short documentary describes the inimitable office culture he created, along with the unique influence of Ove’s philosophy and ethos to illuminate the deep and lasting impact Ove had on the art of engineering.

    The W.I.N.D House

    This documentary follows the process of designing a single family house in the Netherlands and details the relationship between the architect (Ben van Berkel) and the couple who have commissioned him to design their dream home. Through interviews with these three protagonists we see how the conceptual and practical desires of the client are translated into architectural solutions and how all three respond to the results of this collaboration.

  • Program 12

    Drawing on Life

    Drawing on Life is a film that follows a series of Irish architects in their studios and the places they like to draw. It eavesdrops on their discussions and thoughts in order to explore and reveal their use of drawing. We see them drawing in cafes, over the drawing table and sketching out their ideas as they talk about projects. The film frames eight short portraits of architects and practices as cinematic windows into this very individual world of drawing.

    Stream: Stephen Talasnik

    The film follows NY-based artist Stephen Talasnik's site-specific installation at the Storm King Art Center in 2010. The sculpture is Stream: A Folded Drawing and was constructed with bamboo and metal zip ties and was a part of the Storm King landscape for two years.

  • Program 3

    5 Sure Signs Your Parents Were Architects

    Inspired by “Me and My Moulton” by Torill Kove, which was nominated for best animated short at the 87th Academy Awards, this new, charming and funny short film paints a humorous portrait of Torill Kove's unconventional and idiosyncratic childhood as the daughter of Norwegian architects.

    Concrete Love - The Böhm Family

    Concrete Love is the first and only documentary about one of Germany’s pre-eminent architects, Gottfried Böhm.

    The only German laureate of the prestigious Chicago-based Pritzker Prize for Architecture, he is also the patriarch of an architecture dynasty to which his sons Stephan, Peter and Paul belong. But with the death of his wife Elisabeth, a key source of inspiration for all for Böhms, the family loses its emotional lodestone. The film paints an intimate and pointed portrait of the complexity and inseparability of love, art and architecture. 

    Lyon Housemuseum

    Focusing on Melbourne and architecture, The Lyon Housemuseum film is a colorful and thoughtful essay on nationally acclaimed Melbourne architect Corbett Lyon’s bold and unique purpose-designed home which opens weekly to the general public, showcasing his outstanding modern art collection and featuring deft camera work of exemplary sculpture, paintings, installation and video art.

  • Conversation 3

    Design With Impact

    • Clay Miller, Founding Principal of Bergen Street Studio's Global Health Workshop
    • Paul Makovsky, Editorial and Brand Director of Metropolis Magazine
    • Susan Rodriguez, Architect
  • Program 9

    Arcus Center of Social Justice Leadership

    A short documentary film exploring the planning, design, construction and opening of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College. In this movie the founder of Studio Gang Architects explains how her design was intended to bring human rights issues into public consciousness.

    Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island

    This hour-long documentary captures a bold architecture project on Fogo Island, Newfoundland that embraces the excitement of living on the edge, both in relation to nature and to contemporary design. A beautifully shot film that captures the stunning landscape and extraordinary architecture that makes up the project. Featuring Zita Cobb of the Shorefast Foundation and Todd Saunders, a Newfoundland-born, Norwegian based architect.

  • Program 8

    78 Hours

    Henning Larsen competition # 1

    This film attempts to capture one time cycle of the space as its transient occupants whirl through their lives. It silently holds firm a space of memories, atmospheres and emotions played out within its vessels and Chopin’s Waltz No. 7 it's conductor. A view from within offers only glimpses of what lies beyond as we move about and time passes firmly, leaving behind scenes of defeat, work and rest.

    Detournement

    Henning Larsen competition # 2

    Filmed on location at Højerup Old Church in south-eastern Zealand, Denmark, the video is a “one-shot,” i.e. a continuous recording in time and space from the perspective of a single handheld camera eye, without a single cut. The chronology of the footage is maintained throughout the video, meaning that the recording proceeded while walking backwards.

    Henning Larsen – Light and Space

    Henning Larsen - Light and Space is a portrait of world-famous Danish architect Henning Larsen (1925-2013) who created the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the Copenhagen Opera House. In 2013 Larsen was awarded the world’s largest architecture prize, Praemium Imperiale, in Tokyo. In this film, shot one year before Larsen’s death, and in spite of the mildness of old age, Larsen manages to talk sharply and critically about the relationship between art and power.

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    Henning Larsen competition #3

    Director Barbara Bohr writes “If I show you a place that is bright at the top and dark at the bottom, you will interpret it as a mountain lit from above, not as a crater lit from below”.

  • Program 2

    Talking To My Father

    Talking To My Father features two voices from two eras concerned with how Irish identity is understood through the architecture that surrounds it. Modern architecture in Ireland had reached a high point in the early sixties and one of its most celebrated and influential figures was Robin Walker.  A quarter century after his premature death, Simon Walker addresses his father again and explores the legacy of his life’s work.

    This Was Not My Dream

    “Suzana only thinks of the house, she is in love with it”. Suzana’s ex-husband cannot get it out of his mind that the new house – conceived by them both – meant the end of his marriage. The ex-husband’s jealous looks are meant for nobody else other than the straight and modern lines, “cold, tedious and without life”. While images pass through the architecture he distills his fear of the construction and elaborates about the new life that Suzana will be enjoying at that place. “Where is Suzana now?” She couldn’t be in any other place except that house, where Suzana’s love is so transparent.

    "This Was Not My Dream" was commissioned for the 14th Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

  • Program 10

    Futuro – A New Stance For Tomorrow

    Taking us on a journey back in time to our recent futuristic past, this film is about the rise and fall of the plastic Futuro House, a Space Age utopia that almost became a reality. The ‘Futuro leisure home’ designed by Architect Matti Suuronen was unveiled in 1968 and licensed to 24 different countries. It is both a product of its time and a utopian vision of ‘a new stance for tomorrow’. Its flying saucer-like elliptic shape reflects late 60s optimism about the forthcoming conquest of space. Mankind was believed to be entering a new era in which technology would solve all imaginable problems; “By the 1980s entire blocks of flats will be constructed out of plastic”.

    Silo 468

    Silo 468 tells the story about how a piece of the industrial past is turned into a technologically innovative piece of light art. Silo 468 is a permanent light art piece designed by Lighting Design Collective built in an old oil silo in Helsinki.

  • Program 14

    Modernism Walks Into a Bar

    The personification of two architectural styles meet in a bar. They are attracted at first glance, but over the course of the night discussion leads on to discord and more sinister acts.

    OVE ARUP: The Philosopher Enginee

    Ove Arup: The Philosopher Engineer captures the story behind Arup’s enigmatic founder, exploring Ove’s character, values, vision and work. Sir Ove Arup is often heralded as the foremost engineer of the 20th century. Grounding his story in the historical context that enabled Ove to accomplish what he did, director Taghi Amirani’s short documentary describes the inimitable office culture he created, along with the unique influence of Ove’s philosophy and ethos to illuminate the deep and lasting impact Ove had on the art of engineering.

    The W.I.N.D House

    This documentary follows the process of designing a single family house in the Netherlands and details the relationship between the architect (Ben van Berkel) and the couple who have commissioned him to design their dream home. Through interviews with these three protagonists we see how the conceptual and practical desires of the client are translated into architectural solutions and how all three respond to the results of this collaboration.

  • Conversation 4

    Housing Excess, Housing Scarcity

    • Alexander Gorlin, Architect, Urban Planner, Design Critic and Auditor
    • Joseph Weisbord, Director
    • Rosalie Genevro, Executive Director of the Architectural League of New York
  • Program 7

    The Land of Many Palaces

    In Ordos, China, thousands of farmers are being relocated into a new city under a government plan to modernize the region. The Land of Many Palaces follows a government official whose job is to convince these farmers that their lives will be better off in the city, and a farmer in one of the last remaining villages in the region who is pressured to move. The film explores a process that will take shape on an enormous scale across China, since the central government announced plans to relocate 250,000,000 farmers to cities across the nation over the next 20 years.

    Worldcraft: Bjarke Ingels (Future of Storytelling 2014)

    World-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels challenges himself – and all of us – to think beyond the status quo and dream big. Why shouldn’t you be able to ski down a power plant? He refers to his projects as “promiscuous hybrids”—they combine seemingly disparate elements and turn fiction into fact.

    This film was commissioned by Melcher Media and their Future of Storytelling.

  • Program 13

    SlingShot

    SlingShot focuses on noted Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world's water crisis. A quirky genius with a provocative world view, Kamen is an inspiration for future scientists. His inventions help people in need and ease suffering. SlingShot is about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis affecting billions. Kamen lives in a house with secret passages, a closet full of denim and a helicopter garage. His latest passion: The SlingShot water purification system created to obliterate half of human illness on the planet. SlingShot is both an inspirational character study and a look at Kamen's vapor compression distiller from its earliest development through recent trials in rural Ghana and beyond.

  • Program 6

    David Adjaye – Collaborations: A portrait of the architect through the eyes of others

    Directed by acclaimed actor, film director, producer, and environmentalist Robert Redford, The Salk Institute meditates on architect Louis Kahn’s masterpiece: sharp, modernist angles juxtaposed with the infinity of the California coast.

    The Chief

    Italian artist and filmmaker Yuri Ancarani captures the otherworldly landscape of a marble quarry in the Apuan Alps of northwest Italy, as Il Capo (The Chief) guides his men through the extraction process.

  • Program 4

    Barbicania

    This portrait of a London brutalistic and gentrificated icon is an intimate and lively survey of a masterpiece, the Barbican Arts Centre and Estate. The building is of significant historical and cultural significance for London, and the development of the building is a well-known example of ‘urban gentrification’.  Designed as a video diary of a month-long immersion in the life of the Barbican, it's an intimate and lively map of this brutalist masterpiece—from the upper floors of the towers to the underground levels of the arts center.

    The Circle

    The film is an observation of space and activity happening in Manek Chowk a traditional urban square in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. 

  • Program 15

    Experimenting Architecture: Hagy Belzberg

    A short documentary biography honoring Santa Monica-based architect and designer, Hagy Belzberg. His innovative uses of materials and technology have spawned new strategies in modern architecture, and led to his 2014 induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame

    Under the Skin of Design

    Under The Skin of Design tells the story of award-winning architecture where design is used as an agent of change. This film is about the relocation and construction of the award-wining building at Ravensbourne. Cross-layered with human moments and startlingly frank interviews featuring world-renowned Charles Jencks and Alejandro Zaera-Polo (Foreign Office Architects firm), the film reveals not only the vision and creativity but also the pressure and politics under the skin of this unique iconic structure. With this story we take a fresh look at how people and organizations affect the built environment, addressing economic, social and organizational dynamics, aesthetics and buildability – illustrating the power of place in our everyday lives.

  • Program 3

    5 Sure Signs Your Parents Were Architects

    Inspired by “Me and My Moulton” by Torill Kove, which was nominated for best animated short at the 87th Academy Awards, this new, charming and funny short film paints a humorous portrait of Torill Kove's unconventional and idiosyncratic childhood as the daughter of Norwegian architects.

    Concrete Love - The Böhm Family

    Concrete Love is the first and only documentary about one of Germany’s pre-eminent architects, Gottfried Böhm.

    The only German laureate of the prestigious Chicago-based Pritzker Prize for Architecture, he is also the patriarch of an architecture dynasty to which his sons Stephan, Peter and Paul belong. But with the death of his wife Elisabeth, a key source of inspiration for all for Böhms, the family loses its emotional lodestone. The film paints an intimate and pointed portrait of the complexity and inseparability of love, art and architecture. 

    Lyon Housemuseum

    Focusing on Melbourne and architecture, The Lyon Housemuseum film is a colorful and thoughtful essay on nationally acclaimed Melbourne architect Corbett Lyon’s bold and unique purpose-designed home which opens weekly to the general public, showcasing his outstanding modern art collection and featuring deft camera work of exemplary sculpture, paintings, installation and video art.

  • Conversation 5

    The Ice is Right - Conversation with Todd Saunders

    • Juile Laskey, Journalist, Editor and Critic
    • Todd Saunders, Architect
  • Program 8

    78 Hours

    Henning Larsen competition # 1

    This film attempts to capture one time cycle of the space as its transient occupants whirl through their lives. It silently holds firm a space of memories, atmospheres and emotions played out within its vessels and Chopin’s Waltz No. 7 it's conductor. A view from within offers only glimpses of what lies beyond as we move about and time passes firmly, leaving behind scenes of defeat, work and rest.

    Detournement

    Henning Larsen competition # 2

    Filmed on location at Højerup Old Church in south-eastern Zealand, Denmark, the video is a “one-shot,” i.e. a continuous recording in time and space from the perspective of a single handheld camera eye, without a single cut. The chronology of the footage is maintained throughout the video, meaning that the recording proceeded while walking backwards.

    Henning Larsen – Light and Space

    Henning Larsen - Light and Space is a portrait of world-famous Danish architect Henning Larsen (1925-2013) who created the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the Copenhagen Opera House. In 2013 Larsen was awarded the world’s largest architecture prize, Praemium Imperiale, in Tokyo. In this film, shot one year before Larsen’s death, and in spite of the mildness of old age, Larsen manages to talk sharply and critically about the relationship between art and power.

    untitled

    Henning Larsen competition #3

    Director Barbara Bohr writes “If I show you a place that is bright at the top and dark at the bottom, you will interpret it as a mountain lit from above, not as a crater lit from below”.

  • Program 9

    Arcus Center of Social Justice Leadership

    A Short documentary film exploring the planning, design, construction and opening of the Arcus Center of Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College. In this movie the founder of Studio Gang Architects explains how her design was intended to bring human rights issues into public consciousness.

    Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island

    This hour-long documentary captures a bold architecture project on Fogo Island, Newfoundland that embraces the excitement of living on the edge, both in relation to nature and to contemporary design. A beautifully shot film that captures the stunning landscape and extraordinary architecture that makes up the project. Featuring Zita Cobb of the Shorefast Foundation and Todd Saunders, a Newfoundland-born, Norwegian based architect.

  • Program 11

    Four Dreams and A Thousand Demolitions

    In 2003 the Swedish government gave the Swedish Transport Board authority to decide which railway buildings were no longer needed. As a result, thousands of old buildings have now been demolished. Luckily, a few have escaped the bulldozers thanks to private enthusiasts in local communities. Who are we without our architectural heritage? What will we become without local historical knowledge? Four Dreams and a Thousand Demolitions is a poetic documentary featuring the enthusiasts who have been lucky enough to buy and save old Swedish station buildings.

    Spaces: the Architecture of Paul Rudolph

    This short documentary film directed and produced by Bob Eisenhardt recreates a genuine sense of the personal presence of the late modern architect, Paul Rudolph, and the ambience of his studio. Mr. Rudolph was widely recognized within the architectural profession as spontaneously brilliant — the unchallenged master of space and the manipulation of form. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

    The Hatch House

    This short documentary film, The Hatch House, zooms in on a Bauhaus-style cottage. Using stop motion and live-action techniques, this film creates a portrait of a cube-like cottage and it’s owner Ruth Hatch. We meditate on architecture and lifestyle where bigger ideas of existence challenge our bourgeois values. When Ruth Hatch speaks about a fragile structure notwithstanding modern appliances, she's speaking of her house but perhaps also about the modern human world. The Hatch House was one of several cottages built in the 1950s that became a Cape Cod sanctuary for artists and intellectuals like Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Herbert Bayer, László Moholy-Nagy, Xanti Schawinsky and many others.

     

  • Program 5

    Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion

    The New York State Pavilion, once the shining symbol of the 1964/65 New York World's Fair, now sits in the middle of New York City as a haunting reminder of what became of the age of optimism that was the early 1960's. This film tells the story of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the fair, and chronicles its demise over the past 50 years. The film details its post-fair use as a 60's concert venue and 70's roller rink, including the years of neglect and recent growing advocacy efforts.

    The Dryline

    Rebuild by Design, an initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and HUD, addressed structural and environmental vulnerabilities that Hurricane Sandy exposed in communities throughout the region and developing fundable solutions to protect residents from future climate events.

     

  • Program 13

    SlingShot

    SlingShot focuses on noted Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world's water crisis. A quirky genius with a provocative world view, Kamen is an inspiration for future scientists. His inventions help people in need and ease suffering. SlingShot is about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis affecting billions. Kamen lives in a house with secret passages, a closet full of denim and a helicopter garage. His latest passion: The SlingShot water purification system created to obliterate half of human illness on the planet. SlingShot is both an inspirational character study and a look at Kamen's vapor compression distiller from its earliest development through recent trials in rural Ghana and beyond.

  • Program 10

    Futuro – A New Stance For Tomorrow

    Taking us on a journey back in time to our recent futuristic past, this film is about the rise and fall of the plastic Futuro House, a Space Age utopia that almost became a reality. The ‘Futuro leisure home’ designed by Architect Matti Suuronen was unveiled in 1968 and licensed to 24 different countries. It is both a product of its time and a utopian vision of ‘a new stance for tomorrow’. Its flying saucer-like elliptic shape reflects late 60s optimism about the forthcoming conquest of space. Mankind was believed to be entering a new era in which technology would solve all imaginable problems; “By the 1980s entire blocks of flats will be constructed out of plastic”.

     

    Silo 468

    Silo 468 tells the story about how a piece of the industrial past is turned into a technologically innovative piece of light art. Silo 468 is a permanent light art piece designed by Lighting Design Collective built in an old oil silo in Helsinki.

     

  • Program 12

    Drawing on Life

    Drawing on Life is a film that follows a series of Irish architects in their studios and the places they like to draw. It eavesdrops on their discussions and thoughts in order to explore and reveal their use of drawing. We see them drawing in cafes, over the drawing table and sketching out their ideas as they talk about projects. The film frames eight short portraits of architects and practices as cinematic windows into this very individual world of drawing.

     

    Stream: Stephen Talasnik

    The film follows NY-based artist Stephen Talasnik's site-specific installation at the Storm King Art Center in 2010. The sculpture is Stream: A Folded Drawing and was constructed with bamboo and metal zip ties and was a part of the Storm King landscape for two years.

     

  • Program 1

    The Infinite Happiness

    Conceived as a personal video diary, The Infinite Happiness is an architectural experience. The film takes us to the heart of a contemporary housing development considered to be a new model of success. Inhabiting the giant “8 House” built by Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels in the suburb of Copenhagen, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine recount their subjective experience of living inside this experiment of a “vertical village” - named “Best residential building of the year” by the World Architecture Festival in 2011.