CPD Event : Wits School of Architecture + Planning : AAFF Screenings

We know that a lot of you were disappointed to find out that the Third Architect Africa Film Festival is only going to be taking place in September 2010, but we have put together two pocket-sized events so that you can still satisfy your architecture film addiction in 2009.

First up is the Mini Architect Africa Film Festival screening at the Architecture Student Congress on 27 September 2009 at the University of Pretoria.

And on 24 October you can catch another mini film festival at the 50th Anniversary of the John Moffat Building on Wits Campus.

Mini Film Festival at Student Congress

On Sunday, 27 September 2009, the Architect Africa Film Festival will host three film screenings at the Architecture Student Congress 09, at the University of Pretoria.

The screenings will be:

1. The winning short films from the Moving Spaces student competition, sponsored by the Cement & Concrete Institute;

2. A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil; and Barcelona Blueprint;

3. The Next Industrial Revolution; and Living in the Landscape.

The cost for tickets for the Sunday evening screenings is R150, and will include access to two film screenings, at 18h00 and 20h00 respectively, and a book launch. The screenings will be held in the Centenary Building on the UP campus in Hatfield.

As the event is CPD-accredited and seats are limited, booking through the Pretoria Institute for Architecture is essential. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Please RSVP by no later than 21 September 2009 to admin@pia.org.za .

The Architect Africa Film Festival is organised by the Architects' Collective, a non-profit organisation that strives to promote discourse and education in architecture and the built environment through cultural platforms and events.

More information on the films is available on http://archinet.co.za


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Cities should be a solution not a problem for human beings. The city of Curitiba has demonstrated for the past 40 years how to transform problems into cost-effective solutions that can be applied in most cities around the world.

A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil is an informative, inspirational documentary aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide. The documentary focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, seasonal parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world.

The film includes interviews from world renowned Curitiba's mayors Jaime Lerner and Cassio Tanigushi, as well as other brilliant minds who made Curitiba a world class model.

THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION is a new 55 minute film, produced by Earthome Productions to communicate the work and vision of architect William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart, two leaders in a growing movement to transform the relationship between commerce and nature.

McDonough and Braungart work with corporations with over half a trillion dollars in annual sales, companies like Ford and Nike, to redesign buildings, processes, and products to work according to nature's rules.

"When we follow nature's rules, growth is good," says Bill McDonough. "The question before us is not growth versus no growth, It is: what would good growth look like? And this is a question of intent, of design. What if we grow health instead of sickness, home ownership instead of indigence, education instead of ignorance?"

Using the stories of five projects that represent a revolutionary change in the direction of the human economy, THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION inspires people to:
reconsider their current efforts for the environment, reinvent their businesses and institutions to work with nature, redefine themselves as consumers, producers, and citizens to promote a new sustainable relationship with the Earth.

The Barcelona Blueprint : Video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwvJqJVHerk