Jan 31 - Feb 4, the Chicago Architecture Center will transform our galleries into a temporary cineplex for the Architecture & Design Film Festival. The line-up includes 20 stories of creative vision, design innovation, and human relationships embodied in architecture across the globe.
Tickets are $20/film or $15 for CAC Members and includes a single film showing plus access to view all ADFF Short Films before or after your movie time. All showings will be at the Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E Wacker Drive. Please arrive 20-30 minutes ahead of your scheduled showtime.
The ADFF:CHICAGO Short Film Program will be showing on a continuous loop in the Chicago Gallery and is free and open to everyone. An eclectic assortment of shorts, they demonstrate a wide range of narrative techniques, each depicting a singular design story in very different ways. The films range from as brief as 2 minutes to as long as 15 minutes. Stay for a few or enjoy the entire program.
Anthropocene Mountain (2021) / US
Director: Tom Rossitier
A photographic and video meditation on the search for coexistence with Mother Earth. Critical action is necessary to address environmental change. Building on this understanding, the film explores the interdependence of cities, people, cultures, and wilderness.
Beloit College Powerhouse (2021) / US
Director: Spirit of Space
With light, life, and color, Studio Gang transforms a former coal-burning power plant into a student union centered on recreation and wellness. This resurrection reminds viewers of the bright future ahead.
Ex of In House (2019) / US
Director: Spirit of Space
An odyssey through the mind of architect Steven Holl, who based his Ex of In House design on a poem that posits the house as a monument gesturing towards the heavens.
For Everyone a Garden (2023) / Italy, Canada
Director: Giulia Magno
Architect and urban planner Moshe Safdie achieved worldwide recognition with Habitat 67, a pioneering housing project designed around the guiding metaphor “For everyone a garden.” Believing that green space, natural light, and fresh air are human rights, Safdie’s design philosophy still rings true five decades later.
Fossey Opening Video: Building a Permanent Home (2022) / Rwanda
Director: Thatcher Bean
Located at the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, The Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund serves as the new home for Dian Fossey's Karisoke Research Center. Over five years, the MASS Film team meticulously documents the process of designing the campus from conception to opening.
IN HARMONY (2023) / Germany
Director: Marcel Dambon
Working in concert with nature rather than against it, architect Stephan Maria Lang and a team of craftsmen create charismatic homes with a unique atmosphere.
Missing Footsteps (2023) / Portugal
Director: Daniel Sousa
Portuguese Cobblestone is one of the biggest symbols of the country’s culture, an icon of civic engineering, national pride, and a stone in the shoe of urban mobility.
NIX (2023) / Canada
Director: Katherine Knight, Anthony Von Seck
Artist Wanda Koop, designer Thom Fougere, and a team of snow experts build a temporary snow fort on the frozen Nestaweya River Trail in Winnipeg, Manitoba – a commission by Warming Huts: An Arts + Architecture Competition on Ice. The structure functions as an ethereal experience of light and weather and a work of land art.
Rock'n'House (2023) / US
Director: Alice Roth
Some might have found themselves between a rock and a hard place after finding a prehistoric glacial erratic in the middle of their land, but for architect Christian Wassmann, it was just what he was looking for. The omnipresent boulder becomes the central feature of Wassmann’s design for his family home.
Trusses (2022) / Belgium
Director: Jonathan Ortegat
A story of the construction of the Amal Amjahid, a complex built at the edge of the canal in Molenbeek, Belgium. Designed by the firm of Bogdan & Van Broek, the film follows one of the building’s four monumental metal trusses from manufacture to installation.