Directed by Mike Dorsey
2012 / 46 min / USA
The Oyler House is "a beautiful film," Bergman told me, about a working-class man named Richard Oyler who grew up in Southern California, headed off to war and returned to work a government job.
Directed by Tufic Makhlouf Akl
2011 / 30 min / Mexico
Mexican architect Luis Barragán's own house is one of the most celebrated modern houses (it is on the UNESCO World Heritage list), albeit one that departs from what is usually considered modern.
Directed by Malachi Connolly
2013 / 64 min / USA
This film tells two stories: how modern architects like Walter Gropius were able to build modern, Bauhaus-esque cottages in conservative Cape Cod; and what happened to the houses after the land became part of Cape Cod National Seashore in 1959. Upon the death of the houses' owners, the buildings became National Parks property and very few remain.
Directed by Nathan Eddy
2013 / 8 min / USA
A couple of non-residential films in ADFF of interest (at least to me) include one on Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago. Preservationists fought the city and unfortunately lost a sculptural concrete building by the architect of the famous Marina City (aka "corn cob towers").
Directed by Andreas Dalsgaard
2012 / 77 min / Denmark
The influential Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl is at the heart of this film about what happens when the focus on building cities is the "life between buildings," per the title of one of Gehl's famous books. Gehl is responsible for much of the pedestrianization of Copenhagen's streets (pictured here), and he brought that same thinking to New York City to make areas like Times Square better spaces for people instead of cars.
Info: The Architecture & Design Film Festival, founded in 2009, takes place from October 16-20, 2013, at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St., New York City. The festival then plays in Los Angeles (March 12-16, 2014) and Chicago (April 24-28, 2014).