Ninke Happel - AFFR
4–8 Oct 2023
film • stad • architectuur

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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Learn more about the people behind the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam

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Postal and visiting address, contact details

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Architectenweb interviews AFFR interim director Marieke Berkers

Marieke Berkers has been AFFR interim director since 1 January 2023. An architecture historian with over twenty years of experience as an independent researcher and writer, Marieke became treasurer of the AFFR board back in 2016 - so she is…
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Ninke Happel

Ninke Happel

Ninke Happel studied architecture at TU Delft and took a minor in architectural psychology and art criticism at KU leuven. In 2007, she started the architectural collective Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven (HCVA) together with Floris Cornelisse and Paul Verhoeven. The firm works on a broad portfolio of public buildings, redevelopments, residential buildings and public interiors in the Netherlands and Belgium.

HCVA’s work is characterised by a precise interpretation of recognisable typologies and a predilection for an intense use of materials in which the tactile properties of materials play an important role in the experience of space. Design decisions, material choices and detailing are driven by the conviction that solidly constructed buildings can absorb changing needs so that they retain their relevance thanks to their usability and durability.

In recent years, HCVA has worked on the high-profile restoration and transformation processes of Museum de Lakenhal, the temporary housing of the Senate and the Council of State, the restoration and infill of Stadhuis Groningen and the restoration and transformation of the brick modernist residential building De Fierens. The office is currently working on the renovation of Aldo and Hannie van Ecyk’s Court of Audit and Museum Mayer van Den Bergh, a 1904 collection museum.

Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven actively participates in the architectural debate, teaches at various courses and gives lectures and guest critiques at home and abroad. Her fascination for alternative development and financing models for housing development also makes her the initiator of Het Rotterdams Woongenootschap, a cooperative association that initiates, builds and maintains housing projects for its members.

film • city • architecture 4 - 8 Oct. 2023