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I Look Up Film Challenge Winner: 20×10

We’re excited to share the stories behind the winning film in our 2016 I Look Up Film Challenge! Learn more about the Runner-Up, 20×10. Runner-Up: 20×10 Team: Patrick Higgins and Kurt Hanley, Filmmakers Location: Austin, Texas   AIA: How, if in any way, did this film challenge change your perception of architecture? Kurt Hanley: I 

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I Look Up Film Challenge 2016 Winners

Congratulations to our 2016 I Look Up Film Challenge Winners! With only one month to find stories, build a team, and execute, 47 teams completed beautiful and compelling short films about architecture for the 2nd annual I Look Up Film Challenge. They have all inspired us with what can happen when two storytellers – architects 

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Behind the scenes during the filming of An Architect's Story: Chris Downey.

I Look Up Film Challenge: Cast Your Vote

The production period for the second annual I Look Up Film Challenge has ended. With it, congratulations are in order to everyone who participated and to those who were featured. Architects and filmmakers across the country teamed up to tell stories of progress, and nearly 50 unique and inspirational films came across the finish line. 

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Help raise funds for the Louisiana Flood Victims

The I Look Up community expresses its deepest concern for all of those affected by the flooding that devastated Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the surrounding area on August 12-14. With more than 60,000 homes damaged and waterlines as high as 10 feet, this is a tragedy that requires our support as architects. In the public 

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I Look Up Film Challenge: Meet the judges

The second annual I Look Up Film Challenge is well under way. Talented filmmakers and architects are connecting to find and share stories of the surprising and inspiring ways architecture can change lives. Entries explore the theme of Architecture As A Solution. Architects do more than create spaces where we live, work, and play; they 

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How one film festival inspires people to create good design

What began as a small event in Vermont’s Mad River Valley has since grown into an annual event for the architecture and design community in New York and other cities around the world, attracting thousands of recurring fans and industry leaders such as Bjarke Ingels, Jeanne Gang and Charles Renfro. Founded by Kyle Bergman, AIA, 

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I Look Up Film Challenge: Designing a startup-friendly city

The is the second post in our I Look Up Film Challenge “Meet The Contestants” series. We’ve asked filmmakers across the country to tell stories about the power of innovative design.  Participant: MF Architecture Location: Austin, Texas AIA: What inspired you to “Look Up” and compete this year? MF Architecture: There is no doubt that Austin, 

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The architecture that keeps us safe

 By Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson Today, society continues to debate the role that architecture should play when it comes to security. There’s an abundance of abysmal examples: buildings buttressed by jersey walls, metal spikes, barbed wire, bars, and berms or surrounded by a phalanx of security; defensive architecture designed to function like a fortress or retrofitted 

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How Architects Can Fight Urban Food Deserts

One great paradox of America’s public health crisis is that in many urban communities, where food deserts limit access to affordable healthy food options, obesity rates are rising. Why is that? Inner cities and urban neighborhoods offer parks, playgrounds and public transportation; they feature smaller blocks with streets that supposedly encourage walking. And yet, obesity 

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