DADo is back! The film society of the Robin Boyd Foundation, dedicated to films on architecture, design and urbanism, recently announced its 2017 program. This year’s offering features six films that explore the relationship between screen culture and the built environment, with an aim of promoting wider community appreciation and engagement with design. Accompanying every screening is a different guest speaker to kick off the conversation with their unique perspective on the film’s subject. Find out more about this year’s DADo program below.
Wednesday 17 May MODERNIST BIO Eero Saarinen: The Architect who Saw the Future 2016, Dir. Peter Rosen, 70 mins, English
Exploring the life and visionary work of Finnish–American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen (1910–1961), best known for designing National Historic Landmarks such as St Louis’s iconic Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center (Warren, Mich.) as well as New York’s TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy Airport, and modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip chair. [Trailer]
Wednesday 14 June – CONTEMPORARY ARCHI The Infinite Happiness 2010, Dir. Louise Lemoine, Ila Bêka, 85 mins, English. Conceived as a personal video diary, The Infinite Happiness looks inside the heart of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels’s ‘8 House’, an ambitious vertical village in the suburbs of Copenhagen. Read our interview with the directors. [Trailer]
Wednesday 19 July – EASTERN BLOC The Age of Kommunalki 2013, Dir. Elena Alexandrova, Francesco Crivaro, 68 mins, Russian with English subtitles.
Beyond the evocative facades, Saint Petersburg downtown – a unique world unknown to many visitors –hides itself in the world of Kommunalki. Almost 100 years after the October Revolution, people of all different ages and socioeconomic backgrounds live together in large apartments with shared facilities and communal areas. This documentary reflects on the modern meanings of ‘community’ and the socio-historic background of this particular case study. [Trailer] Guest Speaker: Dr Kate Shaw
Wednesday 16 August – ARCHI x FASHION Notebook on Cities and Clothes 1989, Dir. Wim Wenders, 81 mins, English | Japanese | French with English subtitles.
This self-described ‘diary film’ investigates the similarities between the director’s craft of filmmaking and that of fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, who revolutionised the fashion world in the early 1980s. [Trailer]
Wednesday 13 September – BRIT BRUTE NIGHT Saving Britain’s Past / The Barbican: A Middle Class Council Estate / Streets in the Sky 2010, produced by BCB UK, 28 mins / 2015, produced by the Architecture Foundation, 5:50 mins / 2015, Dir. Joe Gilbert, 7 mins
DADo presents a selection of three short films focused on Brutalism in the UK – from the controversially heritage-listed Park Hill flats in Sheffield to the Barbican to Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens of East London.
Wednesday 18 October – LOCAL LEGENDS NOVA the Film / Forced Out 2010, Dir. Isaac Niemand, 75 mins / 2017, Dir. Blue Lucine, 80 mins.
Highlighting the life and work of Australian legends of the built environment, this session includes a DIY documentary on new art by young artists at the Nova Contemporary Culture Festival, plus a character-driven documentary on the struggle to save the Sirius building and its residents in Sydney.
Artist, essayist and DIY map-maker Vanessa Berry takes us on an alternative tour of Sydney's lost and abandoned places in her blog, Mirror Sydney. Here, against the backdrop of a rapidly transforming urbanism, we bring you an excerpt from her new book of the same name – a timely meditation on place and time propelled by childhood memories and urban wanderings
Being able to work across our differences is crucial if we are to solve the housing crisis in Melbourne, says urban planning professor Carolyn Whitzman, of University of Melbourne. Whitzman's background in activism now underpins her work on solving Melbourne's housing crisis: she describes her research as trying to make social change happen through experiments in deliberative democracy
Our 8th print issue of Assemble Papers, ‘Metropolis.’, muses on the power of cities and their citizens to instigate and enact global change. AP editor Jana Perkovic shares her thoughts on the evolution of the issue, published in partnership with this year's MPavilion