On the occasion of the upcoming Architecture & Design Film Festival first appearance in Athens, we talked to Thatcher Bean director of Made in Ilima which will be screening on April 28th at the Benaki Museum (Piraeus Building).
In the center of Equator Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Ilima community remains one of the most isolated in the world. They have coexisted with endangered wildlife in their surrounding forest for generations, but as the pace of development has increased, this fragile ecosystem has suffered.
They partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation and our architecture firm, MASS Design Group, in 2012 to create a new conservation focused primary school and community center. This film documents our collective building process – one aimed at leveraging local craft and ecological knowledge towards education, preservation, and beauty.
Can the design of a school and a community center serve as a example for improving education and society?
Have your own personal views of architecture changed after documenting the work of MASS Design Group?
I think one of the things this film illustrates best is what can be possible through architecture in very remote and logistically challenging contexts.
Title Made in Ilima
Duration 65 min
Director Thatcher Bean
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The first appearance of the Architecture and Design Film Festival in Europe, will take place on Greek territory, and more specifically in Athens at the Benaki Museum (Piraeus Building), and is the result of the collaboration between Archisearch.gr and Demand, two significant agents that have developed over the past few years, a continuous dialogue with the world of Architecture and Design.
ADFF: ATHENS 2018 will take place from the 27 th of April to the 29 th of April, 2018, and will complement the screenings of the films with several events. The Greek audience will have the opportunity to watch films that reflect the most contemporary and innovative instances of global architecture and design, to attend interesting discussions and to engage with distinguished guests, who are involved in the two fields at an international level.
Book your tickets here!