theme: Living Architecture - Planned Projects and Lived Spaces

Op drie zondagen in mei organiseert het Platform Latijns Amerikaanse Architecten Nederland (PLAAN) in samenwerking met het ABC het filmfestival LAAFF. Het thema van dit eerste Latijns Amerikaanse Architectuur Film Festival is ‘Living Architecture - Planned Projects and Lived Spaces’. In dit kader worden in totaal zes films getoond die de discrepantie laten zien tussen geplande architectuur-stedenbouw en de werkelijkheid van alledag die geldt in veel Latijns Amerikaanse steden. Een werkelijkheid waarbij vooral ‘niet-planmatige’ en ‘onprofessionele’ bouwactiviteiten de verschijningsvorm van steden bepalen. Op 10 mei staat de Argentijnse documentaire CONSTRUCCION DE UNA CIUDAD en de Chileense film ESPACIO MODULAR op het programma. Deze documentaire-films zijn allen Spaans gesproken met Engelstalige ondertiteling. Speciale gast op deze zondag is architect Mike Janga.

Organization: PLAAN, Platform Latin American Architects in the Netherlands -

Date: Sunday 3 / 10 / 17 May 2015
Location: ABC Architectuurcentrum, Groot Heiligland 47, 2011 EP Haarlem, The Netherlands, Tel 023 534 0584,
fees: € 7 and € 5 for ABC-friends (PIN possible, not for bar consumption)
Language:  All films are Spanish spoken with English subtitles


Sunday 10th MAY
13:30 Outset (bar is open) - 13:50 Introduction
14:00 ESPACIO MODULAR, 30 min. (Chili 2013)
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pause 20 min
14:50 CONSTRUCCION DE UNA CIUDAD, 87 min (Agentinië 2007)
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Debate with special guest architect Mike Janga
Networking, LatAm bites, wine, beer (only cash!)

“Construction of a City”  tells the gripping story of the birth of the city “Nueva Federación”, after the destruction of an ancient city for in place the construction of the Salto Grande Dam in the 70s. One day the bulldozers came in the name of progress and technological advances and destroyed everything; nothing remained of the city which was then buried under water. Compensated and resigned everyone moved to the New Federation, a city without trees, no birds, no club or bar to meet, uniform with low houses, all equal and of straight lines. Everything had happened behind closed doors; scattered neighbors, forced to relocate? Neighbors lacking linkage with the new place and missing spaces where to meet the other neighbors. The speakers are local people whose stories of life and uprooting give meaning to this documentary.

“Modular Space”. Valparaiso, world heritage city, is the most important tourist urban center in Chile, due to its unique architecture and its port identity. Today the city is transformed bringing along clear signs of deterioration. A modern residential logic prevails, restricting free access to sunlight, air, and sea view to its inhabitants, its plots are being sold to locals, Chileans and foreigners as high value property. Bautista Cofré and Nicole Ampuero recorded an urban phenomenon that pervades Valparaiso: tall buildings. Nicole Ampuero y Bautista Cofre decided to record the complicated issues of living against to a modern, big and tall building. Modular Space, is a documentary that builds with images a reality that affects hundreds of locals, as authorities granted building permits without discerning.

About special guest Mike Jenga, architect, Haarlem ( )
Mike Janga studied engineering at the HTS and architecture at the Technical University in Delft, under prof. Herman Hertzberger. In 1982 he established his own office where he designs for private and professional clients. Mike Janga was the initiator of the (international) exhibition ”Always On Tour” of architects from the former Dutch colonies. He received a number of awards and mentions: the contest “Temporary housing” in Almere; honorable mention for ”almshouse for the 21st Century ” in Haarlem and First prize for a restaurant at the Veerplas Haarlem (closed competition).

Next week:
Sunday 17th MAY
13:30 Outset (bar is open) - 13:50 Introduction
14:00 BARRAGAN, 29min (MX)
pause 20 min
14:50 74M, 67 min (CH)
Debate with special guest architect Lucas van Zuijlen
Networking, LatAm bites (empanadas de carne, Argentina), wine, beer (only cash!)

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