Programme

ARCHITECTURE OF AUTONOMY

ARCHITECTURE OF AUTONOMY
This session screens three films that tell the story of three men, who are strongly identified with the architecture that they have produced in their homeland, being acknowledged as having played a leading role. In Camboja, we find a positive example of that identification, through Vann Molyvann (b.1926), in the film The Man Who Built...

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ARCHITECTURE OF UTOPIA

ARCHITECTURE OF UTOPIA
In 2000, at 56 years old, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas (b.1944) was awarded the Pritzker Architecure Prize, the most acknowledged international award recognizing a career of achievement in the art of architecture. Having been one of the founders of the architectural frm ‘Ofce for Metropolitan Architecture’ (OMA), in 1975, OMA maintains, currently, ofces in Roterdam,...

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ARCHITECTURE OF ACTIVISM

ARCHITECTURE OF ACTIVISM
New York, New York. Throughout the 20th century the city became the symbol of ‘man vs. urban juggle’, where anything is possible. But the Great Depression (1929-1939), had a huge impact in the city and the amount of slums was staggering. This represented both a health problem and an obstacle to the economy’s growth. In an effort to create beter housing...

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ARCHITECTURE OF STARDOM

ARCHITECTURE OF STARDOM
‘Bjarke Ingels Group’ (BIG), founded in 2005, by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (b.1974), currently holding headquarters in Copenhagen (Denmark) and New York (USA). Who is Bjarke Ingels? The Wall Street Journal recently said that he ‘rapidly become one of the design world’s biggest stars’. His name recently appeared in TIME’S 100 Most Influential People featuring...

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ARCHITECTURE OF SIZA

ARCHITECTURE OF SIZA
“Reporting from the front”. This was the theme that, in 2016, curator Alejandro Aravena selected for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (that took place between May and November), known as Venice Biennale/ La Biennale di Venezia. The aim was to invite a reflection on the role that architects have in improving living conditions for people...

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ARCHITECTURE OF WAR

ARCHITECTURE OF WAR
This is a flm about hope. And war. Beirut (Lebanon). Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Kigali (Rwanda). Medellín (Colombia). As we read these names, we know that these cities are connected for having gone through the experience of war around the same time. Beirut, one of the oldest cities in the world, was under Civil War...

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ARCHITECTURE OF MASTER PLAN

ARCHITECTURE OF MASTER PLAN
A master plan is supposed to give comprehensive guidance or instruction, providing a framework for future development of an area or site. This means that, on one hand, it has to lay down rules in order to organize space and one the other hand, it has to be flexible enough so it can embrace change...

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ARCHITECTURE OF SENSES

ARCHITECTURE OF SENSES
Concluded in 2010, the first short film focuses on a project by German based firm, ‘Stifer + Bachmann architects’: School Bouldering and Climbing Centre in Brunico (Italy). According to the architects, the idea was to create a “vigorous design” being this, “perhaps, the frst climbing centre in the world to be designed specifcally as a...

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ARCHITECTURE OF TRADITION

ARCHITECTURE OF TRADITION
To speak of ‘tradition’ in the digital era where acceleration has been a relevant keyword, sounds backwards. We became convinced that the only way is forward. But when you go too fast you loose touch with the ground. Knowing this, it is not surprising that we now witness, within the contemporary movement, a need to...

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ARCHITECTURE OF CONTROL

ARCHITECTURE OF CONTROL
There are times when citizens shape the city and there are times when the city does not let itself be shaped by its citizens. In Il Grande Creto di Gibellina, we are shown the old town of Gibellina (central Sicily, Italy in the Province of Trapani). Having been destroyed by an earthquake in January 1968,...

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ARCHITECTURE OF HUMAN DESIRE

ARCHITECTURE OF HUMAN DESIRE
“Architecture is human desire.” The one utering these words is Brazilian architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha (b.1925), whose work has been mainly conducted in Brazil, particularly in São Paulo. He was awarded the Mies van der Rohe Prize (2000), the Pritzker Prize (2006) and last year we earned the Venice Biennale Golden Lion for Lifetime...

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ARCHITECTURE OF NARRATIVE

ARCHITECTURE OF NARRATIVE
It is possible to think of architects as storytellers. Loving Gio Ponti, tells the story of Gio Ponti (1891-1979), an Italian architect, industrial designer, furniture designer, artist, and publisher. He founded Domus magazine in 1928 (along with Giovanni Semeria), having been its editor for many years and also, professor at the Faculty of Architecture at...

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ARCHITECTURE OF MISTERY

ARCHITECTURE OF MISTERY
This session approaches two different senses of mystery. Life & Death of an Architect, tells the story of the most important architect of Mallorca (Spain), José Ferragut Pou (1912-1968) who was found dead in a field, in 1968. We are told about the life story of the architect but sadly, we are mostly told a...

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ARCHITECTURE OF REBELLION

ARCHITECTURE OF REBELLION
Cinecittà. Cinema City. The film studio in Rome (Italy), founded in 1937 by fascist dictator Benit Mussolini (1883-1945), which after the Second World War served as a refugee camp (1945-1947) and where later on, director Federico Fellini (1920-1993) found a home to his films. In 2007, after a big fire, the Cinecittà went through hard...

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masterclass by Daniel Kötter

masterclass by Daniel Kötter
In its 5th edition, Arquiteturas Film Festival 2017 invites director Daniel Kötter for a Masterclass on his work process. Throughout his career, architecture and cities have been a key topic in Kötter’s work, having previously won the prize for Best Experimental Film in Arquiteturas Film Festival, in 2015. This year, his film HASHTI Tehran (2017)...

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