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Fri 03.01.2013

Architecture on Screen: Selections from the 2012 Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA)

AIA CES: 1.0 LU per film

When: 2:30 PM - 8:00 PM FRIDAY, MARCH 1

Where: At The Center   

The Center for Architecture will host the fourth annual ARCHITECTURE ON SCREEN, a series of international productions on architecture selected from the 2012 FIFA, on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, in collaboration with MUSE Film and Television.

Program Schedule

Introduced by Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter


Mendelsohn’s Incessant Visions
Director: Duki Dror (Israel)
71 min. / 2011 / English, German, Hebrew, Polish; English subtitles
Introduced by Debbie Irwin, voice of Louise Mendelsohn
The film melds the story of Mendelsohn’s many triumphs, from his rise as an architectural superstar in Berlin and his triumphant designs in the Middle East and America, to bitter disappointments in all the same places.

Interior Landscape
Director: Pierre Maillard (Switzerland)
82 min. / 2010 / French, English, Japanese; English subtitles
Introduced by Thomas Schneider, Consul, Head of the Culture and Education Department, Consulate General of Switzerland in New York
Filmed between 2007 and 2010, the documentary records the building of the Rolex Learning Center at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, the ‘‘library of the future,’’ combining a learning laboratory, a library, and an international cultural center. This distinctly innovative building, in the shape of a huge wave, sprang from the imagination of Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa from SANAA, winners of the 2010 Pritzker prize.

5:15pm Reception

Robert A.M. Stern: 15 Central Park West and the History of the New York Apartment House
Director: Tom Piper (USA)
24 min. / 2011 / English
Introduced by Tom Piper
Even during the 2008 recession, one new apartment building in New York continued to set the bar for real-estate prices: 15 Central Park West. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, this lavish 43-storey limestone-clad structure, stretching from 61st to 62nd Streets, is arguably one of the most luxurious buildings to be constructed in Manhattan in decades, offering its residents incomparable services.

David Chipperfield: Form Matters
Director: Michael Blackwood (USA)
58 min. / 2011 / English
Introduced by Michael Blackwood
When the Tuscan city of Pisa commissioned David Chipperfield to create a master plan that would bring new vitality to this historic place on the Arno, an exhibition of a selection of work produced by him in the last 25 years was also invited. Chipperfield chose “Form Matters” as a title for the exhibition, as form and matter are all-important key elements of the language of architecture. Chipperfield leads the way through the models, drawings and photographs of his designs, which were realized all over Europe, China, Japan, the United States and Mexico.

See Saturday's schedule

The Montreal FIFA has earned international acclaim as the premiere film festival for the arts. Taking place over ten days in March 2012, the 30th FIFA screened 232 films from 27 countries. Following the Montreal showings, the award-winning festival entries tour to other cities in Canada and abroad. The 31th FIFA will take place March 14-24, 2013. For more information:

Organized by: the Center for Architecture and MUSE Film and Television.

Sponsored by: Consulate General of Switzerland in New York

Price: $10 for AIA members; $15 non-members per day - PURCHASE A TICKET

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