Subject: ADFF Newsletter April 25, 2011


Dear Friend,

We couldn't hold an architecture & design festival in Chicago and not pay tribute to Mies Van der Rohe, who made his home in the windy city for 31 years after leaving Germany in 1937. ADFF will stage two unique events that put the spotlight on Mies' Farnsworth House (along with Johnson's Glass House).  The first will take place on May 3rd, when a film called Points on a Line will be shown during a cocktail reception at the Wright.  The second event will be a reading of The Glass House, a play by June Finfer, that will take place on May 7th at 1pm Gene Siskel Film Center.   Tickets to both are available on a first-come basis on our website:

and at the Gene Siskel Film Center Box Office
Gene Siskel Film Center

164 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 846-2800 

Tuesday, May 3
6:00pm - 8:00pm 


A cocktail reception for the 1st annual Architecture & Design Film Festival in Chicago will be hosted by Wright and will feature a looped screening of Points on a Line, a film by Sarah Morris. On display for the first time in Chicago is a 1964 work , Wall by Tony Smith, and the light Sculpture Fractal Cloud by Arik Levy.

Venue: Wright
1440 West Hubbard
Chicago, IL 


Saturday, May 7th
1:00pm - 3:00pm
A reading of the play
The Glass House 

By June Finfer
Directed by Evan Bergman
Featuring:   Harris Yulin
    Janet Zarish
    Chris Burns
                    Gina Nagy

Followed by a Q&A
with Architect Dirk Lohan 

The design and building of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson's Glass House is the backdrop for this penetrating drama that depicts an epic conflict between artist and patron. The Glass House explores classic themes of ambition, love and betrayal 
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N State Street, Chicago


Saturday and Sunday May 7 & 8
1:00pm  -7:00pm 

THE AUDI A7 Architecture Tour

You’re invited to experience the perfect fusion of style, luxury and technology while enjoying an exclusive driving tour of architectural masterpieces in the Chicago Loop. Sit back and appreciate the designs of some of the most talented architects while riding in the all new Audi A7 – a bold expression of progressive luxury. The Tour is designed and narrated by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and is being offered in conjunction with the 2011 Architecture and Design Film Festival. 

We hope you join us! Please note that you must be 25 years old to participate and are welcome to bring a guest. To register for this unique experience featuring the Audi A7, please click here or call 1-877-251-9200.

Free- No Tickets Needed

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 and film programs

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Twice Upon A Garden 

Director - Philippe Baylaucq

Created during the 1930s, not far from the 49th parallel, Les Jardins de Métis are unlike any other. Situated at the confluence of the Mitis, the legendary salmon river, and the majestic St. Lawrence estuary, they are protected by the site's unique geography and microclimate. This botanical paradise stems from the labours of Elsie Reford, who in 1926 decided to transform her Gaspé fishing camp into gardens. Today, they display some 3,000 species and varieties of indigenous and exotic plants along a kilometre and a half of pathways. Every year, tens of thousands of visitors come to see Elsie's gardens, which have constantly evolved over the past eighty years, as well as the International Garden Festival, which was founded by her great grandson Alexander, and which celebrated its 10th edition in 2009. A film on both the art of nature and the nature of art.

Eye Over Prague

 Director - Olga Spátová

The international premiere of a documentary dedicated to the late Czech architect Jan Kaplický, co-founder of London based internationally acclaimed practice Future Systems. The film featuring Brian Clarke, Eva Jiricná, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Václav Havel and the team Future Systems tells the story of Kaplický's last grand design. The project for the National Library in Prague called the Eye over Prague is radical, exciting and far enough ahead of its time to provoke a fair degree of controversy. For Kaplický, a Czech-born émigré, it also represents a triumphant return to his homeland, a vindication of his uncompromisingly forward-looking philosophy and, eventually, a tragically poetic ending to his remarkable career. After winning the international competition chaired by Zaha Hadid, the popular and much supported design met opposition from the Czech government and the local administration and the fierce battle began.

Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm

Directed by Laura Harrison & Elizabeth Federici
Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm is the first film to consider the work of the 1970s architecture collective Ant Farm, best known for its iconic land-art piece Cadillac Ranch. Radical architects, video pioneers, and mordantly funny cultural commentators, the Ant Farmers created a body of deeply subversive work that questioned the boundaries of architecture and predicted many of the ideas and technologies we take for granted today. Incorporating breathtaking archival video, new footage shot over ten years and animation based on zany period sketches, this film is about the joy of creation in a time when there were no limits.