Past Shows

Design Canada

June 22, 2019
Design Canada Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #4 Synopsis Design Canada Director: Greg Durrell 2017 / 76 min / Canada Through the lens of graphic design, Design Canada follows the transformation of a nation from a colonial outpost to a vibrant and multicultural society. What defines a national identity, is it an anthem? A flag? Is it a logo or icon? How do these elements shape who we are? In the 1960s and 1970s, these questions were answered by an innovative group of Canadian designers, who used design to unify the nation.

Frank Gehry: Building Justice + ChildSafe: Designed to Heal

June 22, 2019
Frank Gehry: Building Justice + ChildSafe: Designed to Heal Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #5 Synopsis Frank Gehry: Building Justice Director: Ultan Guilfoyle 2018 / 70 min / USA Frank Gehry: Building Justice tells the story of architect Frank Gehry’s investigation into prison design as a subject for the best architecture students in the United States. The film follows Gehry as he arranges two ‘master’ studios at the invitation of George Soros and his Open Society Foundation — one at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, the other at the Yale School of Architecture. In collaboration with Susan Burton of the “New Way of Life Reentry Project” in Compton, California, Gehry and his students explore all aspects of prison design, learning first-hand the design flaws of prison life from women who have been incarcerated in the worst American prisons. The film follows the group on a trip to Norway to visit what is considered to be the world’s most successful prisons. ChildSafe: Designed to Heal Directors: Isaiah Rendon and Leo Aguirre 2018 / 4 min / USA ChildSafe is a nonprofit organization that helps restore dignity, hope and trust to those children who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect. In 2016, ChildSafe found themselves in a building that was too small to sustain their growing support programs and their increase in staff. They enlisted the help of San Antonio architecture firm Overland Partners to build a new, state-of-the-art campus. This new facility would allow the organization to incorporate multiple government agencies such as health professionals, state agencies, law enforcement and legal teams under one roof. Inspired by ChildSafe’s unique mission, Overland embraced the opportunity to create a building that could serve as a catalyst for human transformation. The June 22nd showing of this program includes a panel discussion

Leaning Out + Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden School

June 22, 2019 to June 23, 2019
Leaning Out + Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #6 Synopsis Leaning Out Directors: Basia and Leonard Myszynski 2018 / 59 min / USA This is the story of Leslie Robertson, the lead structural engineer of the World Trade Center, a man who oversaw the construction of the tallest building on the planet at the time, and is haunted by its collapse and the events of 9/11. This bond with humanity solidified his place in American history. It’s a film about innovation, wind engineering and visionary collaborations. It's a film about Robertson, the pacifist/activist and his fight for human rights. And finally, it’s a film about the woman engineer who loved and emboldened him, expanded his worldview and ultimately saved him. Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden Director: Cheryl Hess 2018 / 5 min /USA / Program 1 The Spring Garden School No. 1 in North Philadelphia had been sitting vacant and abandoned for nearly 30 years before the Philadelphia Housing Authority teamed with the non-profit Help USA to convert the property into affordable housing. Philadelphia is currently experiencing a massive building boom and people are worried about the city losing its neighborhoods and character.

Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light

June 22, 2019
Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #8 Synopsis Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light Director: Carlos Saura 2018 / 65 min / Spain Celebrated Spanish director Carlos Saura captures the genius of one of the most famous Italian architects in the world, Renzo Piano. The brilliant designer behind structures including the Center Pompidou in Paris, the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome and The New York Times Building in midtown Manhattan, Saura follows Piano during the design of the Botín Center in Santander, Spain. The story becomes a reflection on his creative process

Doshi + Peter Bohlin: From Here to There

June 22, 2019
Doshi + Peter Bohlin: From Here to There Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #10 Synopsis Doshi Director: Premjit Ramachandran 2009 / 74 min / India In a career spanning almost 70 years, the work of architect Balkrishna Doshi - aka B.V. Doshi - has mirrored the evolution of contemporary Indian architecture. Doshi's first job under the French architect Le Corbusier (who designed the Indian city Chandigarh) had a profound impact on him but he has often sought to interpret Corbusier's modernism through local conditions of site, climate and available technology. Having a conversation with Doshi is to immediately understand his appeal and the reasons for his unique success. Not only is his work as an architect seminal but his contributions to academia through the formation of the Ahmedabad School of Architecture and his own Vastu-Shilpa Foundation are unparalleled. These successes are primarily due to his ability to communicate with and inspire the people around him, and his rigor as an architect. The film introduces us to a truly great modern architect and evolved, cultured human being and helps direct our attention to the truly important questions of our time. Peter Bohlin: From Here to There Director: Cindy Allen 2017 / 7 min / USA His basic philosophy about “the making of a pleasant space” applies to all of the architect Peter Bohlin’s work, especially his most ubiquitous designs for the early Apple stores. Interior Design Magazine’s Cindy Allen interviews Bohlin about the remarkable moments from his 50-year career designing architectural gems for the likes of Girl Scouts, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

The Black Museum

June 22, 2019
The Black Museum Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #12 Synopsis The Black Museum Director: Oliver Hardt 2017 / 52 min / Germany / Program 12 The documentary takes the audience on a journey through the spectacular National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.. Through 100,000 square feet of exhibition space spread across eight levels, the museum explores America’s history and culture through the lens of the African American experience. Interviews with the project’s key figures give detailed insight into the challenges and conflicts during the formative stage of the museum and its overwhelming success during its first year of operation.

Rams

June 21, 2019
Rams Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #7 Synopsis Rams Director: Gary Hustwit 2018 / 70 min / USA Rams is a documentary portrait of Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers alive, and a rumination on consumerism, sustainability and the future of design. For over fifty years, Dieter Rams has left an indelible mark on the field of product design and the world at large with his iconic work at Braun and Vitsoe. His work has influenced the way most of today's consumer products look and function. The computer or mobile device you’re reading this on looks the way it does because of Dieter Rams.

Gaming The Real World + Operation Jane Walk

June 21, 2019
Gaming The Real World + Operation Jane Walk Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #9 Synopsis Gaming The Real World Director: Anders Eklund 2016 / 73 min / Sweden Can games change the world? Today public spaces and entire cities are being designed, planned and played through the medium of games. The result of this “civic gamification” is that city architecture and urban planning is being democratized. Cities have become ground zero for digital innovation and the debate about how our cities evolve has suddenly gone viral. Operation Jane Walk Directors: Leonhard Müllner and Robin Klengel 2018 / 20 min / Austria Operation Jane Walk is based on the dystopian multiplayer shooter Tom Clancy’s The Division . The game’s digital war zone is appropriated with the help of an artistic operation. While walking through the post-apocalyptic city, issues such as architecture history, urbanism and the game developer’s interventions into the urban fabric are discussed. The film, explores the possibilities of new media technologies and shows new approaches towards the medium of documentary films.

A Poetics of Living

June 21, 2019
A Poetics of Living Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #11 Synopsis A Poetics of Living Director: Damien Faure, Caroline Alder 2018 / 60 min / France On the shore of the Pacific Ocean in Chile, a young architect, who narrates this contemplative voyage, returns to the landscapes that are close to her heart. Here, she says, “where time becomes poetic,” is the land of Amereida, a poem written in Tierra del Fuego in 1967 that celebrates the new origin of America. Through this pilgrimage, she guides us in an architectural exploration to reveal a foreign territory where habitable space becomes poetic concept: a space where architecture re-creates the links between human beings and the world; a gentle voyage through the lands of Latin America.

Mies on Scene. Barcelona in two acts + Stone

June 21, 2019
Mies on Scene. Barcelona in two acts + Stone Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #3 Synopsis Mies on Scene. Barcelona in two acts Directors: Xavi Campreciós and Pep Martín 2018 / 57 min / Spain One of the most famous architectural works of the 20th century had disappeared for more than 50 years. But its image still exists in the minds of many generations of architects, becoming one of their greatest influences. After only 8 months after opening, the German Pavilion for the Barcelona International Exhibition of 1929 was disassembled. In 1986, after years of perseverance, it was reconstructed exactly in the same place. The existence of the pavilion and its creators remains surrounded by myths and stories, statements and questions. This documentary starts with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich designing the mise-en-scène that would change the course of history. Stone Directors: Paul Raftery & Dan Lowe 2018 / 3 min / United Kingdom Stone is a film that meticulously studies the journey of Portland stone from the cathedral-sized mine to the delicate, precision polishing of a finished block. Portland stone is a historic building material, used since Roman times, and reserved for the grandest buildings in London. A Book Talk is included with the June 21st screening of this program.