Theme AFFR 2021:More than Houses - AFFR

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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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Call for Entries AFFR 2021

Are you a filmmaker, film producer or film distributor? And have you completed a feature film, documentary, animation film or short about a topical issue related to the city, architecture, landscape or built environment somewhere in the world? If so,…
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Theme AFFR 2021:
More than Houses

AFFR2021 focuses on the huge challenge to build homes all over the world, with as theme: More Than Houses. The United Nations has calculated that over two billion homes need to be built this century to accommodate the rising population of the planet. In the Netherlands alone, the target for the next decade is to build one million new homes. That’s 100,000 units a year.

Theme AFFR 2021:<br>More than Houses

That figure proved difficult to achieve back in the 1960s, a time when much more space was available. But the challenge seems far more daunting today. How many can we build and at what price? Planners, architects and policymakers seem to concentrate on practical, mostly technical aspects concerning the feasibility of constructing huge numbers of affordable homes and the resulting effects on the environment.

Yet the construction challenge is about More Than Houses. It is also about how all these individual units connect to collective networks for transport, energy, water, sewage and internet. How can we respond to the growing tendency to view the home as an isolated cell?

Hooked up to the new agora on the internet, the home has become a virtual meeting place where occupants communicate through social media. The home as an isolated bubble.

Moreover, and corona has accelerated the process, we are seeing the contours of a new society that facilitates the individual’s every need. You no longer need to leave home for work, food or entertainment. In recent years this ‘stay-at-home’ economy has grown enormously in the US, China and Japan. That has had a dramatic effect on the appearance of cityscapes filled with deserted districts, and landscapes filled with anonymous distribution centres and new digital hubs.

What purpose do parks and squares serve as traditional shared spaces in an increasingly segregated urban landscape that emphasizes the individual more than the community?

With More than Houses, AFFR 2021 will explore the parallel worlds emerging behind the walls of our homes, and how they are shaping the society for which we are building.

film • city • architecture 6 - 10 Oct. 2021
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