Week 11: 21-27 August

Arquiteturas team believes this break is a great opportunity to look back at the festival’s last seven editions and provide viewers staying indoors worldwide with a selected retrospective of free streaming films. Each film will be released every Friday, running until next year’s edition, and can be viewed for one week. This initiative aims to provide visibility to the films and the makers and their contribution to initiating great discussions through their build environment stories. A live Q&A with the filmmakers, producers or authors will be announced whenever this is made possible, via the festival’s Instagram and FB pages.

THE FREE STREAMING IS AVAILABLE BELOW FROM 21-27 August

LIVE INSTAGRAM WITH FABIO PETRONILLI TBA (GMT+2)

HT2 ARQUITETURAS’13 Fabio Petronilli, Italy, 2014, 18’

Argot ou La Maison Mobile and Mezzo Atelier were invited to tutor a practical workshop in architecture, organised by UAL (Autonoma University of Lisbon) and Vitruvius FabLab with the support of Almada’s municipality. InSitu’s edition in 2013 focused on 2º Torrão neighborhood in Trafaria. With a group of 10 participants and the community we have worked with the theme of urban vegetable gardens, after a period of research to understand the quarter and its people, we’ve decided to create support structures for the gardens in three different areas of the neighborhood. By introducing the basic urban equipment we have generated places for encounters and for sharing, to help people starting to grow their own gardens we have also created a simple brochure showing all the steps and tips to grow a vegetable garden, to make a compost and to build more flower pots.

Organization – CEACT/UAL e Vitruvius FabLab / ISCTE
Coordinators – Pedro Campos Costa, Filipa Ramalhete, Sérgio Silva e Alexandra Paio
Tutors – A+LBY Architects | Argot + Mezzo Atelier | Atelierbase | Ateliermob | Likearchitects

You’ll Soon Be Here WINNER OF THE PUBLIC PRIZE IN ARQUITETURAS’16 Fabio Petronilli, Portugal / The Netherlands, 2016, 38’

In recent years, Lisbon has become one of the European cities with a larger tourism growth. Each year, 6 million people come to visit the Portuguese capital: 200.000 tourists every day. Tourism brings opportunities in a city heavily hit by global crisis. But in the meanwhile, the city is basically disappearing: over the last 30 years, Lisbon lost about 300.000 inhabitants, vacancy rate is high. STADSLAB organized an international masterclass: the urban intervention case-study was focused on Mouraria, one of the oldest Lisbon’s neighborhood as nowadays, parts of Mouraria are already affected by tourism: cheap property prices and proximity to other tourist destinations raise realistic assumptions that Mouraria will soon face large influx of investment in real estate and tourism infrastructure. The opportunity is its economical development, but the risk is the lost of its identity. 

Learning by Doing. Lesotho 2018 ARQUITETURAS’19 Fabio Petronilli, Lesotho / Italy, 2014, 18’

This documentary that takes place in a forgotten kingdom called Lesotho: a land-locked country inside of South Africa.
The film follows the exploratory journey of a new approach called in loco developed by a non-profit called rise that is trying to address two key problems that transcend the African continent; high levels of youth unemployment and the need for infrastructure development.
The viewer obtains insights into the challenges the government and communities are facing when trying to tackle some of the country’s problems, such as the need for planning and development for a growing low-income population and how to house 10% of the population’s orphaned children.
Filmed over a period of 10 months, one gets a glimpse into the daily lives of the children living at a particular orphanage called God’s Love Centre and learns about the experiences of the young fellows on the in loco fellowship program. The cinematography captures the majestic beauty of the mountain kingdom juxtaposed with the stark reality of the country’s struggling unemployed youth.

ABOUT FABIO PETRONILLI

Fabio Petronilli is a documentary filmmaker, based in Milan. Graduated in Philosophy (Aesthetics), from 2007 to 2010 he has been chief editor for the US satellite channel Current TV, operating on the main program (Vanguard) and creating reportages in Brazil, India and Eastern Europe.

Since 2010 he is a member of LiveinSlums NGO, for whom he directed the documentary Inside Mathare in Nairobi and São Paulo.                                                                                        

He worked with Bracco Sustainability (Corporal Social Responsibility) and directed in Benin the documentaries “Collège Fulvio Bracco” about the Bracco College, an informal school in rural area and “Women, Seeds of Development”.                     

He collaborated with the architecture studios Argot ou la Maison Mobile + Mezzo Atelier, creating content related with their international project (“H2T” in Lisbon, “Redesign Tradition” in Sao Miguel, Azores), with Chiara Alessi, design journalist and writer (making a documentary about her last essay “Design senza Designer”), and with the London based collective Catalytic Action (“Ibsatem” a playground for Syrian refugees in Lebanon).                          

In 2016 he directed and edited the documentary You’ll Soon Be Here”, produced by Stadslab Urban Design Lab (Tilburg University) about the process of Tourism Gentrification in Mouraria, one of the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon’s historical center – which won the Public Prize at Arquitetura Film Festival 2016 (Lisbon).

In 2017 he worked for BIO25 Ljubljana Design Biennial with Odo Fioravanti, producing the short film “HEPHAESTUS – Non Offensive Weapons”; produced and direct the documentary EZOS, about the old/new city of Tbilisi (Georgia).

In 2019 he produced an awarded documentary called Learning by Doing: the film follows the exploratory journey of a new approach called in loco developed by a non-profit called rise that is trying to address two key problems that transcend the African continent: high levels of youth unemployment and the need for infrastructure development. Filmed over a period of 10 months, the cinematography captures the majestic beauty of the mountain kingdom juxtaposed with the stark reality of the country’s struggling unemployed youth.

He’s currently involved in a project about intercultural spaces in Darling (West Coast of South Africa), directing a documentary about the border between the black/colored township and the wealthy white community, in a supposed post-apartheid country.                                                                                                      

His works have been selected in several international festivals and events, such as Arquiteturas Lisboa Film Festival, Amsterdam Urban Studies, ArqFilmFest Santiago del Chile, Budapest Architecture Film Days, IndieLisboa, One Vision, Copenhagen Architecture Festival, EMAF, Video Minuto Pop TV, Triennale di Milano “Made in Slums”. 

He also collaborated with Exibart, Vice Italy, the Discovery Channel, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Leonardo.it, FMR Art’è, MSU (Zagreb Art Museum).