Subject: ADFF Newsletter April 14, 2011


Dear Friend,

From May 5 – 9, The Architecture & Design Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center will be offering dozens of exciting films on architecture & design.  In addition to the films, the festival will host 5 panel discussions and 2 book signings and numerous Q&A's. For more information on everything that's planned for Chicago, please visit our website:


Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 846-2800 

Documenting Architecture

May 6, 5:30 – 6:30
Moderator: Zoe Ryan
Bjarke Ingels                    
                        Iker Gil

May 7, 3:30 – 4:30
Moderator: Kyle Bergman
Frank Flury
Hank Louis
Dave Sellers

Telling Stories
May 7, 5:30 – 6:30
Moderator: Geoffrey Baer
Jeanne Gang
Ultan Guilfoyle
Edward Lifson

Objects of Desire
May 8, 3:30 – 4:30
Moderator: Zurich Esposito
Obi Nwazota
Tim Parsons

Filming Architecture
May 8, 5:00 – 6:00
Moderator: Edward Lifson
Red Mike

CEU credits are available for all panels 



Book Signing - Yes Is More: An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution
May 6, 8:30 - 9:00

Bjarke Ingels has created an international reputation as a member of a 
new generation of architects that combine shrewd analysis, playful experimentation, social responsibility and humour. In 2004 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for the Stavanger Concert House, and the following year he received the Forum AID Award for the VM Houses. Bjarke appears in the film about parkour, My Playground and will participate on the panel discussion, Documenting Architecture (May 6th, 5:30-6:30pm), which will be moderated by Zoe Ryan.


Moderating the panel on Documenting Architecture
May 6, 5:30-6:30

Photo by: Randy Korwin

Zoe Ryan, Curator of Design at the Art Institute of Chicago,Ryan is a British writer and curator. Her recent exhibitions as curator at the Art Institute of Chicago include: “Konstantin Grcic: Decisive Design”

(2009) and “Graphic Thought Facility: Resourceful Design” (2008). Prior to working at the Art Institute, Zoë was Senior Curator at the Van Alen Institute (VAI) in New York where she organized numerous exhibitions including “The Good Life: New Public Spaces of Recreation” (2006). Zoë is regularly called upon as a lecturer, critic and juror and her writing on architecture and design has been published internationally.

Architecture Tour
May 7 & 8,  1:00pm  -7:00pm 

Festival attendees will soon have an opportunity to sign-up for a tour of Chicago's loop in Audi's all new A7. The Tour has been designed specifically for the Film Festival by The Chicago Architecture Foundation. 

Details soon to be announced on our website

An Evening of Short Films: 

In anticipation of Chicago’s first Architecture and Design Film Festival, the Graham Foundation and Architecture & Design Film Festival will partner to present an evening of short films followed by a discussion with filmmaker Jim Venturi. 

The Audi A7 Architecture Tour 

Tuesday, April 26
6:00pm -7:30pm 

Venue: Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, IL 


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Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects

Director - Edgar B.Howard & Tom Piper
Vincent Scully is probably the best-known living art historian in the United States today. Until recently he was still teaching at his alma mater, Yale University, where a wide variety of students were drawn to his undergraduate history of art and architecture courses.

Citizen Architect - Samuel Mockbee And The Spirit Of The Rural Studio

 Director - Sam Wainwright Douglas
Hale County, Alabama is home to some of the most impoverished communities in the U.S. It is also home to Auburn University’s Rural Studio, one of the most prolific and inspirational design-build outreach programs ever established. Citizen Architect is a documentary film chronicling the late Samuel Mockbee -- artist, architect, educator, and founder of the Rural Studio.

The Desert Castle

Directed by Eirin Gjørv

A brand new capital – in the middle of the desert! And an iconic building – a Taj Mahal or a Sydney Operahouse, that will be the gateway to the city and a symbol to the entire world! 

In this film we follow the Norwegian Architectural firm Snøhetta and its director Kjetil Thorsen in their bid for adventurous and ground-breaking architectural challenges in the Arab sands of Ras Al Khaimah.