ARCHITECT's Ayda Ayoubi reports that the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) has launched its 10th season in New York during the city's Architecture and Design Month, known as Archtober. The six-day festival features more than 30 documentaries that profile the lives and work of influential architects and designers such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, Hon. FAIA, Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, Frank Gehry, FAIA, and Dieter Rams. The lineup also includes films focusing on projects that touch upon current social and political issues, including the impact of design on improving the life quality as well as redesigning prisons.

The ADFF:NY kicks off with the premiere screening of Basia and Leonard Myszynski's Leaning Out, a documentary about the life and work of Leslie Roberstson, the lead structural engineer of the World Trade Center, and will conclude on Oct. 21 with the premiere screening of Carlos Saur's Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light, a documentary about Piano's design process behind the Botín Center in Santander, Spain.

The first Washington, D.C., edition of the festival debuted this February at the National Building Museum, featuring more than 25 films about the lives and work of architects, designers, and activists including Rem Koolhaas, Hon. FAIA, Dries van Noten, and Jane Jacobs, as well as films that examined projects that have had substantial impact on the design of healthcare and community centers, such as Maggie's Centers and MASS Design Group's Lima Primary School.

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