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Austin Rooftop Architecture and Design Film Series, 2016-17

Austin Rooftop Architecture and Design Film Series, 2016-17

By engaging a diverse cross-section of artists, architects, designers, and community members in meaningful dialogue about the built environment, The Rooftop Architecture and Design Film Series makes a vital contribution to the city’s cultural landscape.

The Architecture and Design Film Series is hosted on the rooftop of the Jones Center, an award-winning building designed by Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis Architects to consistently sold-out audiences.

The idea that a well-built environment enriches the quality of our lives is at the heart of the AFA mission.
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Oscar Niemeyer: Life Is a Breath of Air
March 2nd and 3rd 7:30 PM
This is the greatest icon of Brazilian modernist architecture, a man whose long life is inextricably linked to a century of change. The film will be followed by remarks from Fernando Lara, Associate Professor of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin, who is an expert on twentieth-century Latin American architecture and urbanism. (2005, 52 min.)

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

March 23rd and March 24th 8:15 PM
Troublemakers unearths the history of Land Art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s, featuring renegade New York artists who sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the American Southwest. Rare footage and interviews unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of storied artists Walter De Maria, Michael Heizer, Nancy Holt, and Robert Smithson, among others. (2015, 72 min.)


April 13th and 14th 8:15 PM
From the top of the Brutalist towers to the underground levels of the arts center, discover the personalities, lifestyle, and architecture that bring the Barbican to life. Europe’s cult architectural filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine bring you Barbicania, an intimate, lively filmic map of a month-long immersion in London’s Barbican Arts Centre and Estate.