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 2 – 8 OCT
LIVE INSTAGRAM WITH ALEXANDER DWORSCHAK MONDAY OCT 5 @ 8PM (GMT+2)
Life in The Coffin Factory ARQUITETURAS’15 Alexander Dworschak, Austria, 2014, 48′
In 1989 a group of some 30 activists acquires a property and the ruin of what used to bet the largest coffin factory in the times of the former Austrian-Hungarian monarchy. Step by step they turn it into a unique and exceptionally housing project. Since the opening in 1996 there are not only 112 flats but a kindergarden, a restaurant and a public bath.
On historic videofootage from the the mid-eighties and in their very inspiring interviews the founders – together with the witty architect Johnny Winter – take us on a little tour through time.
The protagonists give us an inspiring and diverse view of their common vision. They tell us about the exhausting process of decisionmaking and the permanent fight for participation in the ongoing building process.
The movie shows a encouraging example of participative, collective owned housing.
At the end we are confronted with the question:
„Can we still turn such an idealistic plan into build reality?“