The Architecture and Design Film Festival

Gene Siskel Film Center


It’s been a long time in the works but the Architecture & Design Film Festival is ready to make its Chicago debut on May 5th – 9th.   After the success of the first Architecture & Design Film Festival held at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City last October, the festival’s directors, Kyle Bergman and Laura Cardello, were anxious to bring the festival to the city they consider the country’s mecca for great architecture.

“We’ll open the Chicago festival on May 5 with the Chicago premiere of ‘How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?’” Bergman reported. “It’s about the British architect hailed as ‘the Mozart of modernism’ by Paul Goldberger.  Another exciting film that just won the Grand Prix at Montreal’s International Festival of Films on Art is receiving its U.S. premiere is “Antwerp Central,” is a lyricial, kaleidoscopic look at one of Belgium's most outstanding buildings. 

There will be 39 films in all, as well as panel discussions (free to the public), two books signings (Jeanne Gang’s and Bjarke Ingels’), numerous Q & A’s and 1 reading of a theatrical work called “The Glass House” by June Finfer about Mies Van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Johnson’s Glass House.

The five panel sessions scheduled, cover an intriguing range of topics, with notable professionals in the architecture and design fields, such as Zoe Ryan, Bjarke Ingels, Geoffrey Baer, Jeanne Gang and Edward Lifson.

Audi, the festival’s Official Automotive Sponsor, is hosting an Audi A7 20 minute driving tour of architectural masterpieces in the Chicago list.