The Houses We Were: Living in Rome from 1948 to 2018 - 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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Guilty Architecture

Since the announcement of AFFR 2020 in early March, the world has been hit by turbulent times like never before. But the relaxation of measures makes us hopeful of staging a coronavirus-free AFFR in October 2020. It will be a more compact version of the successful festival as we know it. We are working on new ways of presenting AFFR's...

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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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Film – City – Architecture

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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The Houses We Were: Living in Rome from 1948 to 2018


  • Fri 11 Oct - 14:45
  • Sat 12 Oct - 14:30


A cinematic ode to fifty years of social housing in Rome, compiled from hundreds of hours of archive footage. A unique film about the demise of a collective social sensibility.

With an introduction by Paul Meurs on Friday 11 October
Dr Paul Meurs (1963), partner and architect-researcher, grew up in Doorn, studied in Delft and continued his training in Sao Paulo. He is specialised in advising on transformation assignments in the existing city. Since 2006, Paul has been involved in the redevelopment of the Strijp R area in Eindhoven, and from 2009 to 2014 he worked on the continued development of Zaanse Schans. He is supervisor of the Doubling Oosterpark project in Amsterdam, the Zuiderziekenhuis hospital project in Rotterdam and of the residential areas De Oude Kooi and Zeeheldenbuurt in Leiden. He is a member of the Q team New Holland Waterline and an advisor to the Supervisory Board of BOEi (adaptive reuse and restoration of heritage). From 2006 to 2016 Paul Meurs held the chair of Heritage and Cultural Value’ at TU Delft. On behalf of the Cultural Heritage Agency and the Dutch embassies, Paul regularly travels abroad (Russia, Sri Lanka, India, Brazil) to highlight the innovative Dutch heritage practice and to offer guidance to students in respect of heritage assignments.

With an introduction by Harm Scholtens on Saturday 12 October
Harm Scholtens graduated in 1995 athe faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the TU Delft. Since 1995 he has been independently working as architect and model makerSince 1997 he has been teaching Architecture and the Built Environment at the TU Delft. He is also head of the department spatial design at the Willem de Kooning Academy. In 2018 and 2019 he was nominated for practical teacher of the year at the TU Delft.


  • Fri 11 Oct 14:45 - LV Zaal 4
  • Sat 12 Oct 14:30 - LV Zaal 4


Club Fountainhead Club Fountainhead
film • city • architecture 7 - 11 Oct. 2020
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