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Beyond architecture

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Gábor Fehér Film: 16 Acres (Richard Hankin, 2012, 95’) Thursday March 6 – 19:00OK What was the reason that public involvement could not succeed? What kind of personal and political interests slowed down progress? What was the reason that an architectural competition could not be enough? Why would we think at all it’s an architectural question per se? Why is the Ground Zero so different than any other site with the same parameters around the globe? Richard Hankin’s film rounds up the events, conflicts, and, of course, the emotions, which accompanied the much-needed answer to 9/11. It was evident that…

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Urbanization in Turkey

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Csaba Jelinek Films: Agoraphobia (Imre Azem, 2013, 53’) Sunday March 9 – 15:30 Overdrive: Istanbul in the New Millennium (Aslihan Unaldi, 2011, 75’) Sunday March 9 – 17:30 “They are changing the whole world. But they, the rich, they cannot take that all, that cannot be!” – says an old lady whose land and house, where she lived for the past fifty years, will soon be expropriated. We are in the suburbs of Bursa, in West-Turkey, where the interview was made, during a four-day study visit involving half a dozen urbanists familiarizing with city developments of Ankara, Bursa and Istanbul….

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Away from all suns!

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Samu Szemerey Film: Away from all suns! (Isabella Willinger, 2013, 77’) Sunday 9 March – 20:00 The short period of Russian Constructivism was a unique experiment to create a new architecture. The movement, which declined with the rise of Stalin’s cultural propaganda, set out to create the forms and spaces of modern society and the optimistic visions of progress. Its program was as radically new as its uncompromising aesthetics: housing compounds with kindergartens and canteens, public buildings with libraries and theatres showed the changing social roles of women, children and workers. This unprecedented heritage exists today mostly in ruins. Embedded…

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Japanese architecture before and after the bubble

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Balázs Irimiás Films: Nakagin Capsule Tower: Japanese metabolist landmark on the edge of destruction (Yamazaki Rima, 2010, 58’); Intercalary spaces (Damien Faure, 2012, 50’) Saturday 8 March – 21:00 The Nakagin Capsule tower is a landmark of Japanese architecture; even those know it, for which metabolism does not extend beyond their own diet. They might not remember its name, only the iconic 3D dominos hidden behind a highway in Tokyo. The movement that pinned Japanese architecture onto the world map – Metabolism – had the power of joint thinking, joint dreaming and joint vision of built environment, popping up during…

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Venice: the last days of a city

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Bálint Kádár Film: The Venice syndrome (Andreas Pichler, 2012, 80’) Sunday 9 March – 17:30 Venice is a strong brand today, a must-see destination, and big business. It is a must see place, and all are coming to see it. All those tourists rarely think about how a city of 200,000 inhabitants in its glory days can support 21 million visitors each year. It cannot. Today we reached the moment when the number of tourists arriving to Venice each day outnumbers the 58,000 locals still resident here. The danger is evident, if one recognizes that a city is not merely…

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The beauty of delusion

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Dániel Kovács Film: Precise poetry: Lina Bo Bardi’s architecture (Belinda Rukschcio, 2013, 55’) Satudray 8 March – 17:00 Architecture is the answer to all the problems of humanity. Lina Bo Bardi’s work is based on that theory. She is the same age as modernity: born in 1914, the year of the Werkbund exhibition, in Cologne. She started her career in her home country, in Italy. Though Precise Poetry is a film on her life’s work, directed by her sixty years younger German colleague, Belinda Rukschcio; it is focusing entirely on Bardi’s Brazilian works. Lina and her husband arrived to Brazil…

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One big step

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Réka Kovács Film: Space Metropoliz (Fabrizio Boni, Giorgio de Finis, 2013, 100’) Friday March 7 – 21:00 Talking seems to rule this film a bit too much! The voluble Italian speech of this many contributors puts our ability of reading subtitles to the test, and as the story goes on, we can sweat more and more about missing some important details. Because it is not only the words that flow, but the excellent thoughts and ideas of these people, one better than the other. Avoiding any bullshit, there is always a new twist, point of view or truth that keeps…

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Call for entries

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6th Budapest Architecture Film Days, March 2014 Deadline: 31th October, 2013. Do you have a film on architecture? The Budapest Architecture Film Days is now accepting submissions for its 6th edition to be held in Budapest in March 2014. We are looking for works in all genres, forms and lengths related to design, architecture and built environment. Entry is free. The mission of the film festival is to generate a dialogue between architectural practice that finds inspiration in cinema, and cinema borrowing its subjects from architecture and the city. For more information about the festival please visit www.kek.org.hu/filmnapok/en. For related…

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Gyakornoki felhívás

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A Kortárs Építészeti Központ gyakornokot keres, heti 1-2 napos rendszeres munkavégzésre a  Budapesti Építészeti Filmnapok 2014-es kiadásának megvalósításához, rugalmas időbeosztásban. Amit szeretünk: – nyitottság és rugalmasság – jó kommunikációs készség – magabiztos angol nyelvtudás – érdeklődés az építészet, design iránt Várható feladatok: – internetes adatgyűjtés, adatrendszerezés, fordítás – kommunikáció, kapcsolattartás filmforgalmazókkal – irodán kívüli feladatok (szórólapozás, plakátelhelyezés) – részvétel a kommunikációs és közönségkapcsolati feladatokban Honoráriumot nem tudunk fizetni, de a gyakornoki program során betekintést nyerhetsz a fesztivál működésébe, megismerheted a programszervezés és a kommunikációs munka rejtelmeit, és megnézheted az összes vetített filmet. Az elejétől fogva csapattagnak tekintünk és fontos, érdemi…

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May 27: Vacant Films: Torre David and Unfinished Italy

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KÉK presents the next event of the Spring Architecture Film Series: Vacant Films: Torre David and IUnfinished Italy May 27., 8pm, Müszi (1085 Budapest, Balaha Lujza tér 1.) Torre David 2013, 22 mins, colour, Venezuelan film with English subtitles R: Urban-Think Tank Torre David, a 45-story office tower in Caracas designed by the distinguished Venezuelan architect Enrique Gómez, was almost complete when it was abandoned following the death of its developer, David Brillembourg, in 1993 and the collapse of the Venezuelan economy in 1994. Today, it is the improvised home of a community of more than 750 families, living in…

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May 6: Small and Smart: Contemporary Slovenian Architecture on Film

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KÉK presents the next event of the Spring Architecture Film Series: Small and Smart: Contemporary Slovenian Architecture on Film May 6., 7pm, Kino (1137 Budapest, Szent István krt 16.) The Slovenian Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) in cooperation with the Institute for Architecture and Culture (ARK) prepared a series of short films on contemporary Slovenian architecture. The six films will be introduced by lectures of Jeff Bickert, the project’s curator (ARK) and Dr. Petra Čeferin (director of ARK). The features buildings: Terrace houses on Jurčkova Street, Ljubljana, 2099 – architect: Jože Peterkoč House D, Ljubljana, 2005–2008 – Bevk Perović…

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April 29: Christoph Draeger & Heidrun Holzfeind: Tsunami Architecture

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KÉK presents the next event of the Spring Architecture Film Series: Christoph Draeger & Heidrun Holzfeind: Tsunami Architecture 60 min, 2012, with English subtitles April 29, Toldi mozi, 7pm – in presence of the directors The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami was one of the worst natural catastrophes in history. While international attention has faded, post-tsunami challenges continue to have an impact on affected communities. In the winter of 2010/2011, Draeger and Holzfeind took a three-month trip to the five countries most affected–Thailand, Aceh/Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives and India– to investigate the current state of architecture built or reconstructed in the…

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April 15: Mission Statements – The Architecture of Diplomacy

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KÉK presents the next event of the Spring Architecture Film Series: 2011, 60 mins, colour, Dutch film with Hungarian subtitles D: Jord den Hollander In 1991 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands decided to promote national architecture abroad. All over the world new embassies were realised by prominent Dutch architects. After 20 years the Dutch government stopped the project for economic and political reasons. The Ministry of Foreign affairs declared on April 8th 2011: ?We will move away from the traditional image of an embassy as a building with a flag and a mission staff.? The film Mission…

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Greetings from Denver

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Design Onscreen–The Initiative for Architecture and Design on Film is honored to co-sponsor the 2012 edition of the Budapest Architecture Film Days.  We congratulate the team of enthusiastic Hungarian architects who have worked so hard to ensure that this year?s Budapest festival offers a stimulating mix of excellent design films from around the world. Design Onscreen is a nonprofit foundation based in Denver, Colorado and dedicated to producing, promoting and preserving great films on architecture and design.  Founded in 2007 by documentary enthusiasts Kirk Brown and Jill Wiltse, Design Onscreen?s documentaries include: Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island (2012);…

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This year’s themes

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Movement and architecture Dancing in the rebuilt Neues Museum and on the waving steel sheets of Frank Gehry, freerunning in Copenhagen and skateboarding in a run-down housing estate. Keeping off the grass in Eastern Hungary and jumping on the roof in the Hudson Valley. Starchitects, bloodthirsty pensioners, and a hidden camera. Why do Danish traceurs want to move to a playground and why don?t Józsa skaters just go back to theirs? Poetic images, graceful motions, the delicate play of the muscles. Take your skateboards and sod off or I?ll get my axe. Memories of modernism Did modernism really die on…

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Interview with Jord den Hollander architect, director and head of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR)

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How did you as an architect become a festival organizer? In 1999 in Rotterdam we organized a symposium on the topic of the image of the city. We showed the obvious films, like Metropolis, Blade Runner and we found out that there was lot of interest in the topic. I toke my chance and the year after we organized a very small event with only architectural films. We had about 8 documentaries and feature films. Since then we have grown immensely into an organisation that shows more than hundred documentaries and feature films. We also keep a database with many…

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Interview with Francisca Mu?oz, founder of Arquitecture Film Festival Santiago (AFFS)

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AFFS will be the first Architecture Film Festival in South America. Why did you decide to organize a film festival dedicated to architecture? What was your main objective? AFFS: The members of the collective AFFS of Chile have followed with great enthusiasm and admiration the development of the architecture film festival Rotterdam AFFR and the similar initiatives in Europe to start off this triggering event. As architects, we were interested in the discussion that was generated around these festivals and it seemed that film was an excellent platform to broaden the reflection on architecture beyond the academic and technical world…

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