Looking for a reason to stay cozied up indoors as the temperature drops? The 2020 Architecture and Design Film Festival has you covered. Having moved online because, well, obviously, the 2020 ADFF is now accessible to anyone with an internet connection (so if you’re reading this, you should alright). While the compelling slate of films includes documentaries from all over the world, the can’t-miss feature – especially for Torontonians – is from our own backyard. There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace, by Toronto-based director Lulu Wei, chronicles the final days of the Honest Ed’s block. Told through the stories of community members who were forced to relocate amid a housing crisis, it’s a stark reminder that development in the name of progress often comes with little-discussed and very real costs.
Other can’t-miss films include Aalto, a look into the life and work of the Finnish master, Alvar Aalto; Charlotte Perriand, Pioneer in the Art of Living, covering the oft-overlooked collaborator of Le Corbusier; and Making a Mountain, which follows Bjarke Ingles Group’s building of the Copenhill power plant, a.k.a., the building with a ski slope. For more information, visit adfilmfest.com.