Festival 2020Guilty Architecture
The devastating ecological consequences of global urbanization call on the moral understanding of developers and architects. Can we still build at all without irrevocably damaging the planet? What is the role of architects in a society where the gap between rich and poor is widening by the day and the city is gradually turning into a site of investment speculation? How should we deal with populist leaders who propagate traditional values and classical styles of architecture as expressions of national identity and confidence?AFFR poses the question: how innocent is architecture now?
SPACESHIP EARTH – Matt Wolf, 2020
The compelling story of Biosphere 2, the complex inside which eight idealistic scientists hermetically sealed themselves off from the world for two years in the 1990s.
AALTO – Virpi Suutari, 2020
Rare archival footage and a compelling story. A beautiful and charming biography about Alvar and Aino Aalto, Finnish masters of modernism.
AN ENGINEER IMAGINES – Marcus Robinson, 2018
A filmic ode to Peter Rice, the brilliant engineer responsible for the most iconic buildings of the twentieth century.
HAVANA FROM ON HIGH – Pedro Ruiz, 2019
Pedro Ruiz’s atmospheric documentary Havana, from on High offers a unique look at a city that continues to amaze. How is life celebrated on the rooftops?
INSIDE PRORA – Nico Weber, 2020
On the Baltic coast lies the ‘Monster by the Sea’, the longest building in the world: Prora. A holiday resort built by the Nazis, military base during the GDR era, and now an experimental object for property developers.