By kristin


If you’re filling your calendar with Archtober events, make sure the Architecture & Design Film Festival is on your list! From October 16-20, the fifth edition of the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject is bringing over 25 feature-length and short films plus panel discussions, director Q&As, even a pop-up bookstore to Tribeca Cinemas.

If you’re picturing a lineup of dry documentaries about buildings, think again… The films take viewers around the world from Moscow to rural North Carolina, exploring universal topics of urbanism, historic preservation, studio culture and the creative process. A few offer intimate looks at the works of architectural luminaries such as Tadao Ando, Paolo SoleriLuis Barragán and Richard Neutra. Others address pressing issues such as scale and population including The Human Scale, based on the work of urban planner Jan Gehl, and William H. Whyte‘s 1988 classic film Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. There’s even an intriguing detective story about the connection between the Barolo Palace in Buenos Aires and Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Film still from ‘The Latin Skyscraper’, directed by Sebastian Schindel

Check out the full line-up of films to get your cinematic fix. Otherwise, you may have another chance when the festival travels to Los Angeles in March and Chicago in April. Happy viewing!

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