#AAFF2016 Programme


In 2016, the Architect Africa Film Festival (#AAFF2016) has partnered with our valued sponsors – the SA Council for the Architectural Profession, the Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) at the University of Johannesburg, PPC Cement, Business & Arts South Africa, Saint-Gobain, Propertuity, the Paragon Group and Afritects – to bring audiences exciting and thought-provoking content on our dynamic and multi-layered built environment.

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In 2016, the AAFF film selection process was undertaken in two parts:

1. The theme ‘DESIGN is: UNIVERSAL | GLOBAL | LOCAL’ was articulated in three main tracks/topic sessions, and for each one of the tracks two or three pertinent films were identified and invited to be part of the programme:

Track 1: Architecture as Universal Language
Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form
The Regenerates

Track 2: Architecture as a language of Global Capitalism
Ecumenopolis:  City without Limits

Track 3: Architecture as Local Engagement
City Futures
Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist

2. A ‘Call for Entries’ was circulated locally through stakeholders and the media, and internationally through our partner festivals. The AAFF2016 selection panel comprising Professors Lesley Lokko, Lone Poulsen, and Jyoti Mistry, in collaboration with our curator Costanza la Mantia, then evaluated submissions based on watchability, technical execution, message, and relation to architecture. The successful entrants are presented in the following pages.

We hope that you enjoy this festival of architecture, city making and film!

AAFF2016 Selection Panel:

Lesley Lokko
Lesley Lokko is Associate Professor and Head of the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. She is an architect, academic and (incidentally) the author of nine best-selling novels. She was born to a Ghanaian surgeon and Scottish artist, grew up in Ghana and studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. She completed her PhD in Architecture at the University of London in 2007. She has taught at schools of architecture in the US, the UK and South Africa. She is the editor of White Papers, Black Marks: Race, Culture, Architecture (University of Minnesota Press, 2000) and has been an on-going contributor to discourses around identity, race, African urbanism and the speculative nature of African architectural space for over twenty years. She has been a visiting professor in the US, UK and South Africa and is a regular juror at international competitions and symposia. She is currently a member of the Aga Khan Master Jury 2016. 

Lone Poulsen
Professor Lone Poulsen graduated from the University of Natal, Durban with a Bachelor of Architecture (1979) and a Masters in Town and Regional Planning (1991). She practiced and taught in Durban until 1991 when she moved to Johannesburg and joined the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits University as a lecturer. Lone played an academic and leadership role at Wits where she was promoted to adjunct professor, and served as Assistant Dean for the Built Environment disciplines and Director of the Architecture Programme. She is currently the Director of the South African Institute of Architects’ (SAIA) Open Architecture programme, and a Director of the Architects’ Collective.

Jyoti Mistry
Jyoti Mistry has taught at New York University, University of Vienna and Arcada University of Applied Science Polytechnic in Helsinki. Jyoti Mistry’s filmography includes films, documentaries and film installations.  Her research areas include cultural policy, questions of identity and multiculturalism. Mistry has also worked as a photography and film curator. She sits on the editorial board of Wespennest (literary, arts and culture journal); and served on the executive committee of the board of the National Film and Video Foundation in South Africa from 2003-2006.

CPD Information

The South African Institute of Architects has assessed and validated this Category One CPD Activity. The AAFF2016 carries 0.2 Category One CPD credits per session.

To register your CPD credits kindly deposit your ticket stub together with your details in the CPD box at the theatre foyer. Please include the following details; full names, surname, SACAP registration number, telephone number and email address.