Terra Forma / House of Adaptation

60 minutes | 42 minutes · Ireland | Netherlands · 2023 | 2023

Double Feature

After a million years entirely devoid of life, the remote desert island of Ascension was engineered into a tropical paradise through a process of ‘terraforming’. By examining this unique scientific design process, TerraForma asks us to consider what transformation might mean for the fate of our planet. In a future when terraformed landscapes are more common, can human-engineered environments warp the very idea of what ‘nature’ means?

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House of Adaptation takes the viewers on a journey through the minds of the people that gave life to a climate-adaptive building. The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an NGO that was looking for a place for their headquarters, so the city of Rotterdam proposed a donation– a building that will float with rising sea levels. The film captures the primary stakeholders including politicians, designers, and builders.

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This screening will include a talkback immediately following the screening.

The talkback features special guests Kris Sorich, head of the Landscape Architecture Section in the Division of Engineering at the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Michelle Woods, Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Asset Management for the Department of Fleet and Facility Management and served as the Project Manager for the Chicago River Walk. They will share some stories and reflections from their work to build the Chicago River Walk.

About the film

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Director:Laurence Durkin and Kevin Brennan | Onur Can Tepe
Year:2023 | 2023
Runtime:60 minutes | 42 minutes
Country:Ireland | Netherlands
Language:English | English, Dutch
Note:English Subtitles

The ADFF:CHICAGO Short Film Program will be showing on a continuous loop in the Chicago Gallery and is free and open to everyone. Read about the short films here.

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