September 28, 2016

Architecture & Design Film Festival Celebrates 8th Anniversary

A still from Workplace.

ADFF, the nation’s largest film festival devoted to architecture and design, returns for an eighth year to New York City. A series of preview events in September will precede the festival itself, which runs from September 28th through October 2nd.

“We have a cornucopia of timely topics and classic figures in the films this year,” says ADFF Founder and Director Kyle Bergman. The festival opens with Peter Rosen’s documentary Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future, which follows director of photography Eric Saarinen as he explores his father’s buildings shooting in 6K with what the ADFF calls “the latest drone technology.”

Interior Design is also participating in this year’s festivities. As part of the Short Films Walk on September 21st, the Luceplan showroom will feature Out of Office: Studio O+A, and the Foscarini showroom nearby will air CetraRuddy: Designing Skylines—both are abridged Hall of Fame films featuring the 2015 inductees. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Out of Office: Studio O+A will also air prior to the screening of Where Architects Live, debuting on October 1 at the Cinépolis Chelsea. Tickets are available for purchase here. The film will be screened again at 3:00 PM on October 2 at the same location; tickets for this screening are available here.

A still from The Architects: A Story of Loss, Memory and Real Estate.

This year’s festival boasts the world premieres of Workplace, a documentary about office design from Helvetica director Gary Hustwit; Tom Jennings’ The Architects: A Story of Loss, Memory and Real Estate, about United Architects’ unrealized design proposal for rebuilding the World Trade Center after 9/11; and the winning films from AIA’s second annual I Look Up Film Challenge. Also, Bergman notes, the festival will include “the first ever documentary about the great maestro of Italian design, Gio Ponti.”

ADFF will also host the US premiere of Francesca Molteni’s Where Architects Live, which explores the homes of architects including Shigeru BanMario BelliniDavid ChipperfieldMassimiliano FuksasZaha HadidMarcio KoganDaniel Libeskind and Studio Mumbai.

The poster for Where Architects Live.

Highlights of the preview weeks include early viewings at The Greene Space of graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister’s rumination on happiness, The Happy Film, on September 7th; The Architects on September 15th; and the short films 14+ Foundation and Designed to Heal on September 22. Each of these will be followed by a q&a with the directors, hosted by WNYC’s The Takeaway, John Hockenberry. Tickets can be purchased at

The 2016 Architecture & Design Film Festival will screen at Cinépolis Chelsea; tickets will go on sale on August 31st. 

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