Architecture & Design Film Festival at A’18!

Screenings, a Panel, & the AIA Film Challenge

Make plans to check out the Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) at A’18! The festival will debut the AIA Film Challenge seed film, Caño Martin Peña: A Blueprint for Better. This documentary short highlights the resiliency efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria slammed the island in 2017 and left more than 3 million American citizens without power, and kicks off the fourth annual AIA Film Challenge.

Puerto Rico

ADFF is also screening the feature-length documentary film BIG TIME. An intimate insight into the life of a genius mind and his struggle to maintain his own persona while making the world a better place to live, BIG TIME follows architect Bjarke Ingels over a period of six years while he is struggling to complete his largest projects yet, the New York skyscraper W57 and World Trade Center 2.


A’18 attendees can also attend a private screening on Saturday morning, followed by a Q&A with an esteemed panel. You’ll also receive two Learning Units for attending this session if you preregister. The other two screenings are open to the public.

All screenings will take place at Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 West 23 Street, at the following dates and times:

Thursday, June 21
Cost: $7
Films: BIG TIME & Caño Martin Peña: A Blueprint for Better

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Friday, June 22
Cost: $7
Film: BIG TIME & Caño Martin Peña: A Blueprint for Better

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Saturday, June 23
Cost: Free with your A’18 registration
Films: BIG TIME & special panel discussion, plus Caño Martin Peña: A Blueprint for Better

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Film Challenge

The AIA Film Challenge
The fourth annual Film Challenge invites architects and filmmakers to collaborate in telling stories of projects done in partnership with civic leaders and the community. This year’s Film Challenge theme will focus on civic engagement and the lasting impact that a collaboration between architects and civic leaders can have on communities. Don’t miss the seed film screenings at A’18!

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