Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Monday, July 30, 2018

American Institute of Architects Film Challenge (Contest): Blueprint for Better

The past few weeks has seen WTTW/PBS Chicago's premiere of the latest episodes in their occasional series, "10 That Changed America."

This year's episodes have been on streets, monuments, and infrastructure, the latter called "Modern Marvels." They are worth watching. If you get FIOS or Direct TV, you can probably watch the episodes on demand.  But they are also available online.

I didn't know that AIA has a program called "Blueprint for Better," promoting films which portray architects dealing with civic and social problems.
From the AIA press release:
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) fourth annual Film Challenge has gained one of TV’s strongest creative forces Marlene King (“Pretty Little Liars,” “Famous in Love,” “Now and Then”), today as a judge. The Film Challenge is a part of AIA’s “Blueprint for Better” campaign, an initiative that highlights the collaborative work of architects and civic leaders to solve some of the biggest issues facing cities today. King is currently adapting the Sara Shepard novel series “The Perfectionists” for TV at Freeform, which will begin airing in 2019. She also has several projects in development through her production company, Long Lake Media.

The AIA Film Challenge premiered in June with the organization’s new film, “Caño Martin Peña: A Blueprint for Better,” which depicts the rebuilding efforts of an architect and community leader in Puerto Rico following last year’s devastating Hurricane Maria that left more than three million people without power.

Similar to AIA’s film, participants in the Film Challenge should produce, shoot and edit a three to five-minute documentary to tell a story about architects working with civic and community leaders to make a positive impact on their cities and towns.

Submissions for the Film Challenge—due by 8:59 p.m. EST on Monday, Aug. 27—will be subject to two rounds of judging. The first round of winners will be selected by a panel of jurors from the media, architecture and film industries. A second round will be open for public voting to choose the “People’s Choice Winner.” Last year’s People’s Choice competition yielded more than 268,000 votes.

Participants will have the chance to win a $5,000 grand prize that includes distribution of the film through a multitude of channels, including screenings at the Architecture and Design Film Festival on Oct. 16 in New York in addition to travel and accommodations. The “People’s Choice Winner” will receive a screening at the Chicago Ideas Festival. Other finalists will be awarded a $500 prize.

Complete details are available on AIA’s Film Challenge website.

Films from previous Film Challenge finalists can be watched online.
-- StoryboardsCaño Martin Peña: A Blueprint for Better," Wired Films

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