Design Onscreen Venice Bienniale 2012

Discover your passion for architecture and design through an engaging three-day program of sixteen films and in-person Q&As with world-renowned architects, filmmakers and designers. Click here for the latest updated schedule.

all films show at Teatro Piccolo Arsenale
Campo della Tana Venezia 30122 VE Italia

Sponsored by


The Festival Films



  • David Chipperfield
  • Peter Eisenman
  • Lord Norman Foster
  • Vittorio Garatti
  • Steven Holl
  • Jord denHollander
  • Rick Joy

Film Makers

  • Michael Blackwood
  • Jord den Hollander
  • Leonardo Baraldi and Eleonora Sarasin
  • Beniot Felici
  • Heather Purcell Leja
  • Mike Bernard
  • Gavin Froome


  • Bill Menking, Executive Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper
  • Emma O’Kelly, Editor at Large, Wallpaper
  • Mark Wigley, Dean of Columbia University School of Architecture
  • Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, London, England
  • Jord den Hollander, AFFR
  • Moshen Mostafavi, Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Giorgio Scianca,
  • Heather Purcell Leja, Executive Director of Design Onscreen


27-Aug 28-Aug 29-Aug
3:00 Peter Eisenman: The University of Phoenix Stadium (28 min) (2008)
Q&A Peter Eisenman; moderator Bill Menking
3:00 David Chipperfield: Form Matters (59 min) (2012)
Q&A David Chipperfield, introduction by Director Michael Blackwood; moderator Mark Wigley, Dean, Columbia University School of Architecture
3:00 Unfinished Italy (34 min) (2011)
Q&A Director Benoit Felici; moderator Georigo Scianca
4:00 How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?† (78 min) (2010)
Q&A Lord Norman Foster; moderator Deyan Sudjic
5:00 Mission Statements: The Architecture of Dutch Diplomacy (77 min) (2012)
Q&A Director Jord den Hollander
4:00 Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island (83 min) (2012)
Q&A Heather Purcell Leja, Producer and Executive Director of Design Onscreen
6:30 Antwerp Central (90 min) (2010)
Q&A Jord den Hollander, Founder, Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam
7:00 Rick Joy: Interludes (22 min) (2009); Steven Holl: The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art (31 min) (2008)
Q&A Steven Holl, Rick Joy; moderator Moshen Mostafavi, Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design
6:15 Unfinished Spaces (86 min) (2011)
Q&A Vittorio Garatti, Professor of Architecture at the Milan Politecnico and subject of the film; moderator Giorgio Scianca of
8:45 43 Collanna en Scena a Bilbao* (54 min) (2010)
Q&A Directors Leonardo Baraldi and Eleonora Sarasin
9:00 Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining the High Line & Lincoln Center (57 min) (2012)
Q&A with Cinematographer David Leitner and Heather Purcell Leja of Design Onscreen
8:30 Eames: The Architect & the Painter† (81 min) (2011)
Q&A with Emma O’Kelly, Editor-at-Large for Wallpaper magazine and Heather Purcell Leja of Design Onscreen
11:00 Coast Modern (56 min) (2012)
Q&A Directors Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome
11:00 The Gruen Effect: Victor Gruen and the Shopping Mall (50 min) (2009) 11:00 The Architecture of Carlo Scarpa (1996) (57 min)

* Distributed by GA&A Productions
† Distributed in Italy by Feltrinelli Real Cinema

Design Onscreen — The Initiative for Design and Architecture on Film is a non-profit foundation dedicated to producing, promoting and preserving high-quality films on architecture and design. Design Onscreen’s documentaries include: Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island (2012); Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne and Robin Day (2010); Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs (2011); William Krisel, Architect (2010), Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler (2009) and Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes (2009). These films have screened at museums–including MoMA, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the V&A, the Getty Research Institute, and the National Geographic Museum–and festivals around the world–including Montreal, Rotterdam, New York, Moscow, Newport Beach, Chicago, Cape Town, Eindhoven and Auckland.  Design Onscreen also produces first-rate architecture and design festivals in the US and internationally.

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