Film Challenge Winners

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the winners of the AIA Film Challenge 2019.

“It’s an honor to celebrate this year’s winning films, which spotlight architectural projects that are transforming communities through the power of design and collaboration,” said AIA EVP/CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA. “When civic leaders and architects work together, they can have an unbelievably positive impact on communities, clearly shown in each of the films that were submitted to this year’s competition.” 

Judges selected the film The EastPoint Project as this year’s Grand Prize winner. As a result of redlining and segregation, the east side of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has seen a lack of investment. EastPoint aims to be a catalyst, to encourage public and private developers to invest in the east side, and to inspire the community to envision what the neighborhood could become by rebuilding, rehabilitating, and revitalizing empty lots. The film will receive a $5,000 prize and a trip to Chicago, Illinois, for a screening and celebration during Chicago Ideas Week, among other prizes. 

The Runner Up is A Place of Second Chances, which presents the hopeful stories of two individuals who prove that the tide of recidivism can be reversed when prisons are designed to comfort and rehabilitate. A Building Shaped by Light: Austin Central Library is Third Place winner. The film highlights the new Central Library in Austin, Texas, which serves as a community gathering space in the heart of the community, and as the new Western portal to downtown. The People’s Choice award, Learning Organisms, Floral Collectives, tells how new technologies, such as 3D printing and AI robotics, can play a role in the future of the built environment. Like the Grand Prize film, the People’s Choice winner will receive a $5,000 prize and will debut at Chicago Ideas Week. Grand prize, runner up, and third place recipients were selected by a panel of judges, while the People’s Choice Award was selected through votes cast online by the public.

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