Media Release: 101 minutes of design ideas for Winnipeg

Winnipeg, MB – HTFC Planning & Design will once again sponsor Winnipeg Architecture Foundation’s annual Architecture + Design Film Festival, with the screening of Watermark on May 4 at 7 p.m. at Cinematheque (100 Arthur St.).

Directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, Watermark is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use (length: 90 minutes).

“We are pleased this year to present 30 films from 10 different countries including 3 Canadian premieres. As a volunteer, non-profit organization, support from local design firms like HTFC is essential to presenting this range of international films – several of which will be presented free at Millennium Library, Winnipeg Art Gallery and local design businesses,” said Susan Algie, Director of the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation.

“This year, HTFC is hosting a series of tours and events to engage the public around the importance of planning and design in Winnipeg,” said Monica Giesbrecht, Principal of HTFC Planning & Design. “This outreach has been part of our commitment to continue to educate, entertain and excite citizens around the possibilities for great communities. Consider this your official invitation – we hope to see you there!”

Breakfast Coffee and a Movie! Start your morning with a selection of short films scheduled for public viewing on May 5 at 8 a.m. at HTFC Planning & Design’s office (115 Bannatyne Avenue). Light breakfast snacks and coffee served. The line-up includes:

A Poem in Glass and Steel

Source: Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

A Poem of Glass and Steel, directed by Ryan Clancy (length: 5 minutes)

Primarily known for being the largest collection of Mies Van Der Rohe designed homes in the world, Detroit’s Lafayette Park is usually the subject of architectural interest, leaving little said about its socioeconomic climate. This project narrates the experience of living in an iconic and rapidly changing neighbourhood. The area has been influenced by a grim past and faces an uncertain future, making this footage a valuable documentation of a fragile moment in time. As a result, “A Poem of Glass and Steel” questions the worth and sustainability of beauty and community.

Bishop Edward King Chapel

Source: Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

Bishop Edward King Chapel, directed by Nilesh Patel (length: 6 minutes)

Film is the viewing of images through light. Architecture is the interplay of built form in light. Can an architectural film present images of wood, light and stone that shape our religious and spiritual life? Ripon College is a 160-year-old Church of England Theological College in Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire. It was founded by Samuel Wilberforce, the son of William Wilberforce, who led the movement to abolish the slave trade.

Home Sweet Home

Source: Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

Home Sweet Home 2, directed by Alejandro Diaz, Pierre Clenet, Romain Mazevet and Stéphane Paccolat (length: 10 minutes)

A home escapes from its suburban foundations and sets off on an epic journey.

Now in its sixth year, the Architecture + Design Film Festival (A+DFF) presents critically acclaimed films focusing on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. The films cover a range of design-oriented topics from architecture and urban design to graphics and product design. A+DFF is the only festival in Canada devoted solely to architecture and design.

 About Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

The Winnipeg Architecture Foundation (WAF) is a registered charitable organization. Incorporated in November 1996, the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation is dedicated to advancing the awareness and appreciation of Winnipeg’s built environment through public education.

For more information about Winnipeg’s Architecture + Design Film Festival, visit:

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