4th Annual ArCH Film Festival: Architecture Meets Life

Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley spent eight years filming the documentary Battle for Brooklyn. That’s not quite as long as Richard Linklater spent on Boyhood, but it’s still quite an investment. The film, which opens the 4th Annual ArCH Film Festival: Architecture Meets Life, is a look at the intense fight waged by the Prospect Heights community to save Brooklyn from private developers who want to build a basketball arena and more than a dozen high-rise buildings in the middle of a residential neighborhood. At the center of the fight is graphic designer Daniel Goldstein. The last homeowner in his building, Goldstein protested what he saw as the developer’s abuse of eminent domain in acquiring the land needed for the project. Battle for Brooklyn chronicles Goldstein’s transformation from the guy next door to passionate community organizer.

Ned Dodington, senior AIA associate, says, “Architecture touches every part of our daily lives. An awareness and appreciation of our built environment is vital to improving our quality of life...This year’s ArCH film festival addresses these quality-of-life issues head-on — it’s really a fantastic line-up.” Other films in the three-day festival are The Human Scale, a look at work by Danish architect Jan Gehl and other urban planners to transform major cities to a more user-friendly standard, and Biophilic Design, an examination of green architecture and the trend to create buildings that connect people to nature.

All films screen at 7 p.m. Battle for Brooklyn screens on August 21, The Human Scale on August 22 and Biophilic Design on August 23. Architecture Center Houston, 315 Capitol. For information, call 713-520-0155 or visit aiahouston.org. $10 to $20.
Thu., Aug. 21, 7 p.m., 2014

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