Subject: ADFF Newsletter May 2, 2011


Dear Friend,

Now it's fast upon us!  Our opening night reception and the Chicago premiere of How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?  takes place on Thursday, May 5th followed by four exciting days of films, panel discussions, Q & A's and book-signings.  And don't forget to sign up for one of the architectural tours being offered by Audi from 1 - 7 pm on May 7 & 8.  The tours have been designed by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and a docent from CAF will take 2 guests on a 20 minute tour in an all new AUDI A7!

Sign-up at

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

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

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 



Geoffrey Baer is a multiple Emmy Award-winning producer and program host for WTTW Channel 11 (PBS) in Chicago. He is best known as the host and writer of WTTW's popular feature-length specials about Chicago architecture and history. He has been a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation since 1987 and is also s a board member of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Architecture and Design Society and an emeritus board member of Looking Glass Theatre Company.

Mr. Baer will be moderating the discussion Telling Stories on May 7, 5:30 – 6:30. Panelists include producer Ultan Guilfoyle and journalist and architecture critic Edward Lifson.

In honor of Mother's Day weekend, The mother of Visual Acoustics Director, Eric Bricker, will be in the audience to discuss the film.  

5/6 @ 9:15 pm Theater 3 (SCREEN@theWit)
5/8 @ 6:45 pm Theater 1

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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Contemporary Days:  The Designs of Lucienne and Robin Day

Director - Murray Grigor

Robin and Lucienne Day transformed British design after World War II with striking furniture and textiles that signaled a new era of modernist sensibilities for everyday living. Robin's revolutionary furniture designs introduced materials such as plastic, steel and plywood to homes, offices and schools. His stacking polypropylene chair endures as an icon and now graces a Royal Mail postage stamp. Lucienne's abstract textile designs brought accessible elegance into the homes of postwar British consumers. The Days' fresh design approaches, including their contributions to the Royal Festival Hall in 1951, helped fuel the artistic and commercial awakening that led Britain out of the devastation of World War II.

Citizen Lambert: Joan of Architecture

 Director - Teri Wehn-Damisch

A unique glimpse into the world of Phyllis Bronfman Lambert, renowned Canadian architect, urban activist, patron, and founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal, Citizen Lambert: Joan of Architecture plays on polarities biography versus autobiography, public image versus private persona, the view from outside versus the more intimate realm of self-reflection and in so doing, paints a vibrant portrait of a figure so often presented one-dimensionally in the press.

If you are interested in being a part of the team that is bringing this festival together, then please sign up -  here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
2) Enter your email address. VolunteerSpot will then send you a PERSONAL* signup invitation coded to your email address. (No registration required!) Please note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone or send spam emails.   

3) Go to your email inbox and open the invitation from VolunteerSpot – click "Sign Up Now" to choose your spots.