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The Winnipeg Design Festival

September 14 - September 17, 2016
266 McDermot Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0S8

The Winnipeg Design Festival attempts to cultivate and share Winnipeg’s rich community of talented and creative individuals; and the products of their creative processes of design and making. WDF also strives to build and cultivate interdisciplinary relationship and partnerships with industry and like-minded organizations that promote the value of good design of art, objects, architecture, and the greater built environment. The festivals events are the primary means of participation and interaction amongst participants and festival patrons, and may include lectures, installations, tours, and symposiums. WDF also wishes to be inclusive to a greater public audience, as a means of promotion, appreciation, and education of the design of the built environment.

The Winnipeg Design Festival vision is to create a sustainable annual festival with the goal of becoming a partner in the national and international design community; as well as become the must attend Design Event for both the public and creative community.

The Festival includes activities organized by many groups. The Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, in partnership with the Winnipeg Public Library will offer the following activities at noon, Carol Shields Auditorium, Millenium Library. For a full schedule, consult the website.

Concrete Loved/Unloved 

Brutalist architecture is a style which was particularly prominent during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The emphasis on harsh geometric forms and unadorned rough concrete and brick have resulted in very strong feelings of hate or love for these buildings. Come and learn about this architectural style and Winnipeg’s excellent selection of modernist buildings and designers.

September 14th, Susan Algie, Director Winnipeg Architecture Foundation will give a short talk on the history of concrete construction and design in Winnipeg. (45 minutes)

September 15th join us for a screening of the film “Utopia London”, a documentary about the design of a modern London after the Second World War. (82 minutes; General rating)

September 16th, WAF architectural historian Jeffrey Thorsteinson will give a talk about Brutalist architecture and its history, with a focus on Winnipeg and Canada.(45 minutes)

Architecture+Film Series

16 September  7 p.m.

The Infinite Happiness

Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street

Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine


1985, 85 minutes

Conceived as a personal video diary, The Infinite Happiness is an architectural experience. The film takes us to the heart of a contemporary housing development considered to be a new model of success. Inhabiting the giant “8 House” built by Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels in the suburb of Copenhagen, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine recount their subjective experience of living inside this experiment of a “vertical village” – named “Best residential building of the year” by the World Architecture Festival in 2011.

The Architecture+Film series is organized by the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation in partnership with OPEN and Regina Advocates for Design – RAD. Thank you to Canada Council for funding this three-city initiative. The film will play as part of the The Winnipeg Design Festival.

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