I am excited to announce that the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) has returned to Chicago from February 1 to February 5, 2023, presenting a carefully curated collection of architecture films that showcase creativity, ingenuity, and design, as well as their impact on our lives.
The Architecture & Design Society (ADS), a nonprofit organization devoted to fostering public understanding and appreciation of architecture and design, oversees organizing the festival. The ADFF will be held over several days and will include a variety of movies and documentaries, both recent and older ones, discussing a range of topics - such as the influence of architecture on urban landscapes, cities, and the relationship between sustainability and architecture.
The festival will feature movie screenings, workshops, panel discussions, and other activities that will give patrons the chance to interact with architects, designers, filmmakers, and other industry professionals. The festival will also showcase the most recent advancements and discoveries in the field of architecture and design as well as examine the role that these disciplines play in creating and building our communities.
With a broad audience of architects, designers, artists, students, and members of the public who all share a passion for architecture and design, the ADFF has grown to be a much-anticipated event in Chicago. Illinois Institute of Technology offers its students an amazing opportunity to visit the festival and catch the screenings for free.
As a student of Architecture, I look forward to watching, "Bawa's Garden", a documentary film that explores the work of the celebrated Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. The film depicts a journey through Sri Lanka in search of the lost garden of Lunuganga, which was one of Bawa's first and most famous architectural works. The film also provides an insight into the life and work of Bawa and a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. The film serves as a tribute to Bawa and his legacy, showcasing his impact on the world of architecture and design.
Another documentary, "Beyond the Life of Forms," which focuses on the works of two famous Italian architects, Carlo Scarpa, and Aldo Rossi, is another movie I'm eager to see. The San Cataldo Cemetery in Modena and the Brion funerary complex in San Vito d'Altivole, both created by Carlo Scarpa, are both examined in the movie. The documentary explores the architectural concepts and philosophies of the two architects while also highlighting their distinctive contributions to the field of architecture through its analysis of these two works. The film honors their legacy and provides viewers with a comprehensive examination of the beauty and significance of their works, which have come to be acknowledged as iconic examples of Italian architecture from the 20th century.
If you want to catch some good indie filmmaking with a taste in architecture, design, and passion. I recommend visiting the festival and having a great weekend.