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Sept. 28, 2022 – Jan. 29, 2023

September 2022 sees the return of Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) in cities throughout North America. Featuring a diverse range of films from around the world, this season explores design’s impact on the worlds of fashion, real estate, art, architecture, urban planning, and housing. Introduced by special guests, the films will be followed by Q&As with the filmmakers.


Bawa’s Garden is a road movie in search of the work of renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. The film follows a protagonist scouring the island for the ‘lost’ garden of Lunuganga.

Beyond the Life of Forms (U.S. premiere, ADFF:NY) is a story dedicated to two works by two great Italian architects of the twentieth century – Carlo Scarpa’s Brion funeral complex in San Vito d'Altivole and Aldo Rossi’s San Cataldo Cemetery in Modena.

Robin Hood Gardens is a story of complexity and contradiction in modern architecture. Built by British architects Alison & Peter Smithson, the controversial East-London council estate was not only unloved by its first residents in 1972 but also garnered divisive responses from internationally-renowned critics. Decades later, the brutalist building was demolished to pave the way for site redevelopment yet simultaneously exhibited at the Venice Biennale. In light of the estate’s 50th anniversary, the documentary offers surprising insights from residents and critics and presents a second look at the construction of the ostracized project.

For the complete list of films and speakers, visit ADFF.

2022-2023 dates and locations:

ADFF:NY | September 28-October 2

ADFF:Toronto | November 2-5

ADFF:Vancouver | November 9-12

ADFF:Los Angeles | January 19-22

ADFF:Washington D.C. | January 26-29.


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