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Vote for the People’s Choice winner!

The AIA Film Challenge 2021 films are in, and the public voting period for the People’s Choice award is officially open. Who wins? You choose! Watch the films, then vote for your favorites. How voting works One of the best things about hosting the AIA Film Challenge is giving a platform and a voice to […]

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Top 5 reasons to participate in the AIA Film Challenge

The chance at a $5,000 Grand Prize, screening at the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City, and distribution across all AIA and partner digital channels sounds enticing enough, but for our finalists, the reach extends far beyond that.

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Filmmaking best practices

Every year, the AIA Film Challenge receives an impressive roster of submissions—films that inspire us about stories that need to be told. We’ve compiled a list of tips and best practices, including advice on the new format, to help with your submission. Finding inspiration “Look for places where architecture and people intersect. Maybe it’s someplace […]

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AIA Film Challenge 2020 winners

The AIA Film Challenge 2020 invited architects, filmmakers, and storytellers to produce 60- to 90-second documentaries highlighting architects partnering with communities and civic leaders to design a healthy, sustainable, just world that improves peoples’ lives. Participants produced, shot, and edited documentary-style short films showcasing their Blueprint for Better story to win cash prizes, distribution at film festivals, […]

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AIA Film Challenge 2019 winners

The AIA Film Challenge 2019 invited architects and filmmakers to work together to highlight the ways architects have collaborated with civic leaders to build resilient and sustainable communities. Participants produced, shot, and edited documentary-style short films showcasing their Blueprint for Better story to win cash and experiential prizes, distribution at film festivals, and exposure on AIA’s online […]

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Reclaiming Space, Renewing a Community

Like the residents of many other one-time social and economic centers of African American life, the residents of Oklahoma City’s Eastside experienced redlining and segregation throughout the 20th century. In 2016, hoping to reignite interest in the historically marginalized part of town, local developer Sandino L. Thompson, activist and rapper Jabee Williams, and Jonathan Dodson […]

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A blueprint for better: Turning liquor stores into community health centers

When it comes to making a positive impact in the community, the architectural design process is key. During each phase, there is an opportunity not just to create something new or rehabilitate something old but to develop a place that improves the lives of the people who rely on it. Architecture is at its best […]

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