Lost in Transition Debate - AFFR


The twelfth AFFR takes place from 7 to 11 October 2020. After the opening film at Theater Rotterdam, the festival moves to LanterenVenster cinema. This year the AFFR will again welcome dozens of international filmmakers and an expected 7500 fans of films, city and architecture from all over the world. 

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Despite the COVID-19 crisis, we currently assume that the twelfth edition of AFFR can take place from 7 to 11 October 2020 as intended. We will make a final decision on this in July. Please submit your film about city and architecture before 13 May. In case AFFR 2020 is postponed, we will gladly include your production in the selection procedures for next year.

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AFFR explores the relationship between film, cities and architecture by programming and screening architecture films and by organizing introductions and debates.

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AFFR History

The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) was established in 2000, and the foundation organized its festival the same year as the first architecture film festival in the world. Festivals also took place again in 2001 and 2003. In 2007 AFFR made a fresh start after a few years of silence. In 2009 the event expanded significantly in terms of visitor numbers and programming.

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Lost in Transition Debate

On Thursday 10 October AFFR is organizing a debate on the theme Lost in Transition. Moderated by Saskia van Stein, the session will explore the way that architecture can deal with issues arising from a world in flux. How do increased migration, inequality and climate change affect our built environment? With the pressure of all these forces, the time has come to address these problems head-on and create positive as well as structural change. A conversation with Derk Loorbach (DRIFT), Eva Pfannes (OOZE), Albert Takashi Richters (Powerhouse Company) and Thomas Haemmerli, director of I Am Gentrification, the documentary that will be screened after the discussion.

Lost in Transition Debate

Tip: three films will be shown following the debate. At 21:00 you can choose between the hilarious self-reflection of Thomas Haemmerli in I Am Gentrification, a fascinating look at the Austrian migration issue in The Border Fence or the revealing report of a popular uprising against corruption and big capital in a Mexican fishing village in Patrimonio.

About the participating speakers:

Derk Loorbach
Derk Loorbachisdirector of DRIFT andProfessor of Socio-economic Transitions at the Faculty of Social Scienceboth at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Derk is one of the founders of the transition management approach as new form of governance for sustainable development. He has over one hundred publications in this area and has been involved as an action researcher in numerous transition processes with government, business, civil society and science. He is a frequently invited keynote speaker in and outside Europe.

Eva Pfannes
Eva Pfannes is director of OOZE Architects, Rotterdam. She studied at Stuttgart Art Academy, and at the Bartlett in London, and set up OOZE with Sylvain Hartenberg in 2003. The design and research projects of OOZE combine an elaborate understanding of ecological processes, with technological expertise and deep insights into socio-cultural behaviour. The cyclic processes found in nature underpin each intervention and integrate the human scale within a holistic urban strategy.

Their work has been realised, exhibited and recognised worldwide, winning the LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze for Latin America and the UK Landscape Institute Award for best Design for a Temporary Landscape. OOZE is currently working on the Water as Leverage programme of the Dutch Government and 100 Resilient Cities in Chennai, India. Eva has been tutor at Eindhoven Design Academy and in 2015 was Practitioner in Residence at Central St Martins University, London.

Thomas Haemmerli
Thomas Haemmerli is a Jack-of-many-trades. He started as a revolutionary and was a total failure trying to overthrow Switzerland’s capitalist system. As a journalist he made himself a reputation for being gross and sneering. Once he learned the tricks of writing an art critique he started to throw together according stuff and declared himself an artist. His documentary about his deceased hoarder mom “Seven dumpsters and a corpse” provoked quite a stir. Now he is getting on people’s nerves with his rant on densified neighborhoods. After haunting cities like Saigon, Tbilisi, Mexico City and São Paulo he lives now as a saturated bourgeois and a would-be consultant in Zürich.


THU 10 OCT 19:30 LV ZAAL 1

Tickets at a reduced rate:
€6 standard
€4 student
€4 Club Fountainhead members

film • city • architecture 7 - 11 Oct. 2020
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