Together with ArchDaily CAFx explores the intersection between film and architecture through an article series where film and non-discriminatory design solutions are the primary focus.
Short films are published regularly on an open-source online platform, and together provide a glimpse into how non-discriminatory design practices are adopted by people from around the world.
The experiences of filmmakers from diverse backgrounds present various interpretations of how inclusive or discriminatory spaces can affect different life forms, human and non-human, in different geographical contexts.
In the second article of the CAFx ArchDaily series, professors Natalie Mossin and Christine Mossin review the Film Mosaic: Leave No One Behind.
Growing Solidarity by Helen Brewer
While most of the films in the Film Mosaic address the topics of discrimination, inequality or exposure – issues that dominate many cities around the globe – the authors note that a number of filmmakers focus on humans' relation to nature:
nature is all outside, and as such it does not judge a person’s position as to inclusion in whatever insides comprise the urban environment. Nature is, in this specific sense, silent on inclusion.
The silence of nature opens mental spaces without any limitation. Living in cities means being constantly exposed to stimuli that endanger the experience of silence.
The Forgotten Echo by Hinda Rezgui
The authors emphasize that the differentiated experiences of nature shown in the films should not be universalized, even if points of connection can be found across cultures: "Nature is many things, as are we, the people that are part of it. Nature is also a disaster, chaos and destruction." More important is what stimulates nature and gives space for the coexistence of nature in urban built environments across the globe.
The Note by Siavash Eydani
Natalie Mossin is an architect specialising in sustainable innovation in construction. She is Head of the Institute at the Royal DanishAcademy – Institute of Architecture and Technology, President of Congress for the UIA World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen, 2023, Region 1Vice-President, UIA, and Chief Editor of the “An Architecture Guide to the UN17 Sustainable Development Goals” volumes.
Christiane Mossin holds a PhD in political philosophy from Copenhagen Business School where she is presently a lecturer and researcher. Her work explores political, legal and aesthetic aspects of societal transformations while building on interdisciplinary approaches at the intersection between political philosophy, law, literature and architecture.
About the 'Film Mosaic: Leave No One Behind' competition
The Film Mosaic open call looks for films addressing inclusive architectural or design solutions found in the built, planned and/or grown environment.
· max 3 min. long,
· deadline: 1st of March 2023
· prize: 1st: 2500€; 2nd 1500€; 3rd: 1000€
Films are received on a daily basis and published regularly on the Film Mosaic Platform. With the aim of facilitating the production of short films, since Summer 2021 Copenhagen Architecture Festival has been conducting film & architecture workshops with a focus on inclusivity and filmmaking in close collaboration with local partner institutions around the world.