• Inspired Architecture: Permanent Camping
    Inspired Architecture: Permanent Camping

    By Jim Lounsbury

  • Engelen, 23 augustus
    Engelen, 23 augustus

    By André Schreuders

  • Exterior Day (Esterno giorno)
    Exterior Day (Esterno giorno)

    By Giulia Magno

  • Letters from the Middle-Ground
    Letters from the Middle-Ground

    By Vitika Agarwal

  • I want to Breath Sweet Air
    I want to Breath Sweet Air

    By Pamela Falkenberg and Jack Cochran

  • Villa Froeschle
    Villa Froeschle

    By Josua Graf

  • Architecture on the Edge: Nishizawa House
    Architecture on the Edge: Nishizawa House

    By Mario Novas and Kate Kliwadenko

  • 4.6 KM
    4.6 KM

    By Alexander Auris

  • Rodas

    By Manu Toro

  • Habitable Infrastructure: Science Fiction or the Future of the Countryside?
    Habitable Infrastructure: Science Fiction or the Future of the Countryside?

    By David Gak-Vassallo and Jeremie Mellul

  • just a car park
    just a car park

    By Joe Gilbert

  • Despot's Palace of Mystra
    Despot's Palace of Mystra

    By Ifigenia Dimitriou

  • Milano 20/21
    Milano 20/21

    By Maurizio Dalla Palma

  • Vertical Shadow
    Vertical Shadow

    By Felipe Elgueta and Ananke Pereira

  • Villas Pesqueras
    Villas Pesqueras

    By Claudia Crespo

  • Design Story: Lune De Sang
    Design Story: Lune De Sang

    By Sophie Hexter


    By Flavia Mazzanti

  • An Ode to Apollo
    An Ode to Apollo

    By Matthew J Simpson

  • EXELIOSIS ( Αtonement ) - Reconciliation with the nature.
    EXELIOSIS ( Αtonement ) - Reconciliation with the nature.

    By Pavlos Avagianos

  • As the first time
    As the first time

    By Zeca Day

InHabitats Competition:
The Selected Short Films

Twenty Short Films have been selected for the final phase of the InHabitats Competition.
On August 25, the five films to be screened over the three evenings will be selected from the following:


Habitable Infrastructure: Science Fiction or the Future of the Countryside?

Competition Winner

Habitable Infrastructure: Science Fiction or the Future of the Countryside?

By 2050 the world will reach 10 billion people , 70 precent of which will live in the large cities. Israel, a small and already dense country, is projected to go through an even more drastic
transformation by then. Even before the pandemic, concern of this future had already existed. The tech revolution allowed people to leave the office, and The City, behind. It allowed them
to piece themselves together anywhere in the world, nomadically.
What is the threshold that separates the countryside from the city, what is its future, and do we really have a choice?

Duration: 00:12:00 By David Gak-Vassallo and Jeremie Mellul


Second Selected Film


RODAS is an audiovisual project reflecting on the contemporary meaning of cohabitation. Poetics of the domestic formed with humor, magic and irony, articulating different moments of everyday life in a contemporary urban context.

Casa Rodas, projected by CIOestudio, is adaptable and progressive, capable of accommodating a great variety of uses with small variations, different ways of living and co-living. As a shared house the relationship between the public and private is central to the organization of the space. The shifting limit where the two meet reflects the relationship between its users.

Duration: 00:05:39 By Manu Toro

Vertical Shadow

Third Selected Film

Vertical Shadow

“Vertical Shadow” is a visual journey through the intimacy of migrant residents of a mega-building in Santiago. The pandemic forces them to spend their days locked in 17 square meters with 1.500 people.

Duration: 00:13:23 By Felipe Elgueta and Ananke Pereira

Exterior Day (Esterno giorno)

Fourth Selected Film

Exterior Day (Esterno giorno)

Inspired by a famous exchange of letters between Michelangelo Antonioni and Mark Rothko, “Esterno giorno” is an experimental love letter to Italian cinema.
Following in the footsteps of the characters played by Monica Vitti, the film retraces the geography of Antonioni’s vision, pushing the boundaries between subject and landscape, fiction and reality.
From the metaphysical squares of Rome’s EUR district to the smokestacks of industrial Ravenna, from the red desert of Wadi Rum to the pink granite cliffs surrounding La Cupola—the futuristic house in Sardinia designed by the avant-garde architect Dante Bini in the 1960s for Antonioni and Vitti, then real-life partners—, the physical spaces explored by the camera become psychological landscapes, states of mind, atmospheres.
The filmmaker poetically intertwines contemporary footage shot in Italy and Jordan with archival materials and excerpts from “Eclipse” (1962) and “Red Desert” (1964), creating an illusion of continuity between past and present.

In collaboration with Archivio Michelangelo Antonioni.

Duration: 00:08:00 By Giulia Magno

Engelen, 23 augustus

Fifth Selected Film

Engelen, 23 augustus

Situated in the suburbs of Den Bosch, the Netherlands, Engelen 23 augustus explores the felt implications of postmodern urban design. Is it desirable to design places which are highly functional, comfortable, stylised, controlled and isolated? Does this urban landscape mirror who we are? Inspired by 'Spheres' of Peter Sloterdijk.

Duration: 00:14:00 By André Schreuders

Letters from the Middle-Ground

Letters from the Middle-Ground

Letters from the Middle-Ground is an architectural response to the postcolonial concept of ‘cultural hybridity’ through a syncretism of British and Indian cultures. The film tells the story of the search for a spatial language, depicting the migrant’s experience of being rooted in many places at once.
The project is located at the Prime Meridian line in Greenwich, a landmark described as both the centre of world time, but also a political decision that labelled the East as ‘other’. The building deconstructs this line; it is a poetic antithesis to a world divided in two halves, creating a fertile third space where cultural hybridity is unleashed.
Given the abstract and undefined nature of hybridity, the building is shown in constant transition. The film’s protagonist experiments with different typologies of imagined hybrid spaces – spatially illustrating architectures that reference historical Indian architectural motifs and miniature paintings. The resulting architecture is a hybrid of Britain and India, the past and present, the real and imagined.

Duration: 00:06:39 By Vitika Agarwal

I want to Breath
Sweet Air

I want to Breath Sweet Air

“I Want to Breathe Sweet Air,” a film poem in three parts with acclaimed writer Lucy English, is a stunning and terribly beautiful visual indictment of careless land development and the impact of climate change on the natural environment, incorporating footage shot specifically for this project as well as footage from the vast library accumulated by Outlier Moving Pictures during six years of documenting environmental destruction.

Duration: 00:10:58 By Pamela Falkenberg and Jack Cochran

An Ode to Apollo

An Ode to Apollo

Chicago is an emblematic of the many virtues and pathologies of the urban condition. To inhabit the heaving industrial metropolis is to drown in myriad environmental stressors. Among them, noise pollution is increasingly cited as more than a bit-player in our collective state of psychological decline.
‘An Ode to Apollo’, is a centre for research in acoustics and musical production, platforming both creative and scientific studies of sound. In defiance of the unrelenting roar of the neighbouring elevated-railway, the facility is a prototype in how we might occupy such acoustically-challenged pockets of the built environment. Contained within this architecture of attenuation, a series of inhabitable music chambers celebrate and amplify the weird and wonderful dynamics of sound and space.
Mixed, mastered and committed to wax, the building's musical output floods streets of the broken city, shedding light on the wounds that conceived it.
"An Ode to Apollo" is my love letter to architecture and music, my appeal for their reconciliation, my attempt to transmute noise into signal, my effort to break the loop.

Duration: 00:04:08 By Matthew J Simpson

EXELIOSIS ( Αtonement ) - Reconciliation with the nature.

EXELIOSIS ( Αtonement ) - Reconciliation with the nature.

The story describes a woman's experience living in the nature that is her home, in a poetic way. It’s a dialogue of architecture with nature and the human soul. It shows how the environment can inspire and give humans a feeling of harmony redefining their spacetime.
The reconciliation with nature is like an atonement of the soul, hence the title of the film (Exeliosis is the greek word for the atonement).

Behind the story...
During my meeting with the residence’s owners, my first question was, “How did you end up from Tel-Aviv into such a small part of Greek land?”. Their answer is the script of this video. I felt through their descriptions just how much of a need they had to connect with the sun, sea and nature. To get away from their daily routine. And as it is known, Greece offers that to the full. 
Architecture converses with nature, man returns to nature. The result "atones" him from his compicated modern life. The musical element in the film symbolizes the way in which architecture together with nature compose a space that truly becomes our sanctuary. Besides, the musical form has always been close to architecture. (see Iannis Xenakis, William Newman)

Duration: 00:04:00 By Pavlos Avagianos

Villa Froeschle

Villa Froeschle

Treehouse purissimo: Removed from everyday life, the residents of Villa Froeschle move around in a green natural space on the upper floor - here, a quiet, loft-like living space spans over 20 meters in depth. As a central and connecting element, a 15-metre-long window facing the treetops runs through the open-plan room. The awareness of life in the centre of the villa resembles that of a modern treehouse. A sensitive mix of materials, different surfaces and a differentiated feel create a feel-good atmosphere inside the building. The architecture and the entire interior design were coordinated and designed by Anna Philipp.

Duration: 00:08:24 By Josua Graf

As the first time

As the first time

"As the first time" is an authorial record that tells a story of time, space and photography. The film walks the line between black and white, analog and digital, presence and remote.

By embracing the casualness and spontaneity of a conversation, some cameras and an analog voice recorder, we bring an innocent look at the individual and at the space. A character lends his subjectivity to record, in voice and vision, a monologue about shapes, colors and sensations in photography.

A narrated daydream brought to life a rehearsal of a visual, individual, abstract expression about the contrasts that involve us in this atmosphere.

Duration: 00:04:51 By Zeca Day



Nexum questions how we as individuals are psychologically relying on our inhabit spaces and how we as society are influencing and being influenced by our surroundings. The plot follows the everyday displacements of the protagonist through different urban, public and private spaces, and her way of interaction and exchange with them. A second parallel layer shows in a fictional way the impact of the different realms in the protagonists affective sensation, reflecting on how the interaction within diverse environments generate different psychological behaviours.

Duration: 00:05:00 By Flavia Mazzanti

Milano 20/21

Milano 20/21

Free of narration, the essay-style short film Milano 20/21 employs images, ambient sound and music to map how the perceptions of Milan, in Italy's industrial north, and its surrounds, changed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Recurring images of the city's Duomo cathedral, shot over a number of seasons, mark the passing of time in a film that otherwise follows a poetic 'narrative' thread free of hard and fast temporal or spatial signposts. Empty streets at night, vacant shopfronts, the wonder that arises from particular views of the city, construction sites and advertisements that morph into dreamlike images and a tentative sense, finally, of a re-emergence into a new reality, all are grist for the director's subjectivity.

Duration: 00:14:50 By Maurizio Dalla Palma

Inspired Architecture: Permanent Camping

Inspired Architecture: Permanent Camping

Located on a remote pristine mountain on a sheep station outside Mudgee, NSW, Australia. Situated at the edge of a ridge surrounded by large granite boulders and ancient dead trees, the building has panoramic views for hundreds of miles to the horizon.

Conceived as a retreat for one or two people, the building has a minimal 3x3m footprint providing shelter. The structure is a two storey copper clad tower; the sides open up on the ground level to provide wide verandahs to the north, east and western elevations. To the south a water tank and winches are located to operate the moveable verandah roofs. When not in use, these roofs close down to completely enclose the timber and glass interior protecting it from the elements in particular bush fires.


Internally, the structure is beautifully crafted from recycled ironbark providing a sleeping loft and small kitchen with a wood fired slow combustion stove.

Water is collected on the roof and a separate WC, also in copper clad hardwood, is located a short walk to the west. The structure is heavily insulated from both cold winds and searing daytime temperatures with multi layered walls all ventilated top and bottom allowing free air movement.

Duration: 00:15:00 By Jim Lounsbury

Architecture on the Edge: Nishizawa House

Architecture on the Edge: Nishizawa House

Nishizawa House by Ryue Nishizawa

Instead of disappearing and becoming compliant with the surrounding territory, the works of Chilean architecture are sharply man-made, rough, cosmic and oceanic. These breathtaking designs are built on salt blankets in the desert, on the edge of oceans, cradled amongst mountains, and grasping to an earthquake prone land.
Through truly stunning photography, Architecture on the Edge features some of the country's most engaging and celebrated buildings, and explores how Chilean architecture revels in pushing design to the very edge. The series includes Pritzker prize-winning architecture and architects from Chile.

Duration: 00:12:00 By Mario Novas and Kate Kliwadenko

Design Story: Lune De Sang

Design Story: Lune De Sang

Lune de Sang is a 146 hectare registered cabinet timber plantation located in the Hinterland of Byron Bay, some 25 kilometres due west of Australia's easternmost point.

Located within what is known as the Big Scrub, which was once a subtropical lowland rainforest covering approximately 90,000 hectares.

Conceived as relics in the landscape, the three complementary projects on the site offer themselves as deceptively simple concrete and stone carcasses; like ancient structures that have been rediscovered and made exquisitely habitable, but which may at some stage be reclaimed by the forest.

Duration: 00:15:00 By Sophie Hexter

Villas Pesqueras

Villas Pesqueras

“Villas Pesqueras” is a short documentary film that gives voice to a historically marginalized community. The film narrates the stories and struggles of the fishers from three traditional fishing villages around the island of Puerto Rico. The film is composed of three fragments, each one corresponding to a ‘Villa Pesquera’: the Villas of Puerto Real in Cabo Rojo, La Parguera in Lajas, and Las Croabas in Fajardo. Throughout the sequence, the split-screen is implemented to contrapose the cultural activity and spatial qualities of these places during the 1940s and 1950s found in Puerto Rican archival films, research excerpts, and shots taken of the current state of these places. Each fragment is narrated through the voices of the fishers interviewed, in which they highlight the importance of these spaces, their culture, and concerns with the legislation and climate change.

This film was written and produced as part of the research and theoretical arguments developed for the author’s Masters in Architecture dissertation titled “Villas Pesqueras of Puerto Rico: Documenting the coastal culture from the architectural discourse”, which argues that ‘Villas Pesqueras’ and fishers are vital elements for the identity and coastal culture of the island. Still, these communities are vulnerable to displacement due to current legislation policies and the effects of climate change. In this way, “Villas Pesqueras” makes visible the stories of local communities while proclaiming how these spaces have been ignored and part of our coastal culture is at risk of disappearing.

Duration: 00:09:50 By Claudia Crespo

just a car park

just a car park

Welbeck Street car park is a brutalist icon. A true one of a kind structure famous for its diamond-patterned facade. Despite this, the local council sold off the building in 2017 to make way for a luxury hotel. Demolition is now imminent.

Duration: 00:02:58 By Joe Gilbert

Despot's Palace of Mystra

Despot's Palace of Mystra

The Despot's Palace is the most emblematic monument of the castle-city of Mystras and one of the very few Byzantine palatial complexes to survive to this day - the only one to be found in Greece. Apart from its outstanding value from an architectural point of view, is bears witness to the historical and cultural processes that created it, during the last centuries of a politically declining but culturally flourishing Byzantine Empire.

The majestic complex was the seat of the administration of the Despotate for more than a century, from the late 14th century to the mid-15th century, hosting within its premises a bustling society and various public and private functions. The Emperors and members of the imperial family, arriving from the capital of the empire, the Despots and their consorts- either Byzantine or Western European princesses- but also members of the local or expatriate aristocracy, coexist with bureaucrats and public officials, clergymen, soldiers, scholars, artists and auxiliary staff, in a strictly defined hierarchy, forming a "court" that emulates that of Constantinople.

The project "Enhancement - Exhibition Tour" of the Despot's Palace has a human-centered approach and focuses on the people of the palace, seeking the traces of their presence. A path is therefore created around a basic narrative axis, through which visitors become the protagonists of the story, "watch" the marks of the people who lived there, follow their footsteps in the Despot’s apartments and immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the time.

​The short film follows a similar narrative course. Through a one-take shot, the spectator crosses the spaces of the palace and watches people of the time in successive roles. From the lower apartments, the cook and then the maid move upstairs, where the mistresses live. The narrative course culminates, as the "queen" of Myzithras enters the throne hall, to finally reveal that she is a visitor, who, traveling back in time, identifies herself with the people of the time. The aim of the film is to use a cinematic language in order to give life to the Despot's Palace of the Archaeological site of Mystras for a few minutes and to prepare the viewer for the digital exhibition that will be hosted inside the monument.

Duration: 00:05:00 By Ifigenia Dimitriou

4.6 KM

4.6 KM

Six queer people share a walk in the city. They don't know each other but through their experience, we get to know the different spaces that the route connects. It is 4.6 km long and passes by the center of Brussels where a theater, a church, a gay street, and a park are located.

Duration: 00:13:15 By Alexander Auris

InHabitats Competition Jury

Ugo Carmeni
Ugo Carmeni

Visual artist

Ugo Carmeni, visual artist trained as an architect, during his studies deepens the research on spatial perceptions and their application in the field of the art, with particular attention to the installation dimension. Colorism, space and time, orientation and disorientation become typical themes of his work.
Since 2012 he has collaborated with various international artists and architects as the photographic interpreter of their production in the context of the Venice Biennale. He therefore establishes relationships of important influence for his own artistic path that lead him, among others, to London, Paris, Madrid, San Francisco and New York, where he creates multi-year working arrangements with artists such as Sarah Sze (USA) and Marco Maggi (Uruguay).
At the same time, he exhibits his works in various international museums and galleries collaborating with curators among which Daniela Ferretti and Ziva Kraus.
Researcher in the field of spatial representation methods, with particular reference to pre-Renaissance maps, Egyptian cartography and proto-photographic methods. Activity undertaken with the degree thesis and also carried out in collaboration with the Egyptian Museum of Turin under the direction of Eleni Vassilika.
From 2014 to 2022 he collaborates in teaching at the IUAV University of Venice.
In 2019 he participates in the 58th Venice Biennale of Art, collaborating with Ferzan Özpetek on the realization of the short film Venetiká.
In 2020, during the months of lockdown, he develops his research in the field of film making realizing Intervallo, a short film premiered at Isola Edipo-Giornate degli Autori, collateral event of the 77th Venice International Film Festival.
In 2021, he signed 8 minute line, a video tribute to Marco Maggi with music by Sylvia Meyer shown in Houston at Sicardi Gallery and In Paris at Xippas Gallery.
He is currently working on several international projects, both editorial and expositive.
Olivier Cazin
Olivier Cazin


  • DNSEP (Master II) Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art(s) de Paris-Cergy
  • DNAP (Master I) Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art(s) de Paris-Cergy
  • Graduate - Graphic Design - L’Institut Supérieur d’Arts Appliqués
Professional Background
  • Jardinier Paysagiste / Gardener - Landscape designer
  • Jardinier Ville de Paris / Gardener
  • Graphic designer
  • Le geste final - (25mn) Production le G.R.E.C - avec Geoffroy Rondeau, Alexandre Michel, Miglen Mirtchev
  • I would like to be in America - ( 4,30mn) - vidéo - Production BBE
  • Une petite histoire de l’urbanisme - (10mn) - vidéo - Production BBE
  • SICTOM - (10x15mn) - vidéo - Production BBE et ENSAPC
  • Champions - ( 9,15mn) - vidéo - Production BBE et ENSAPC
Exhibitions (selected shows 2005 - 2012)
  • The Flesh / A Show - Berlin - curated by D. Mazières et Y.Geraud
  • Biennale de Belleville - Paris - curated by Patrice Joly, Muriel Enjalran, Judicaël Lavrador, Claire Moulène
  • Channel T.V - CNEAI - Paris-Chatou - curated by M. Mathé - France
  • Fluo brown / The final count ... - Palais de Tokyo - Paris - curated by J. Fronsacq
  • Braun Braun Braun - Ceaac - Strasbourg - curated by K. Detton
  • Communism of forms - Art Gallery of York University - Sao Paulo - curated by: E. Changur, F. Oliva, M.Rezende
  • Less is less, more is more and that’s all - CAPC - Bordeaux - curated by C. Laubard
  • This One Goes Up to 11 - Why+Wherefore.com /monkey town - New York - curated by S. Guthery, H. Mugaas, N. Weist
  • Looking at camera - Art in general - New York - Curated by H. Mugaas
  • Cine.mov - French Institute in Yokohama - / French Institute Tokyo - curated by A.M Morice and V. Godé
  • Spectrum city was the name - catalysts arts - Belfast • Vvork - Gallery West - Den Haag - curated by vvork.com
  • Marseille Artistes Associés - Musée d’Art Contemporain Marseille - On a proposal by Triangle France
  • Enlarge your practice - La friche - Marseille - curated by M.Villeneuve, C.Moulène, JM.Collard
  • Uni-super-blockhaus-total-parpaing - Oeen Group - Copenhagen - curated by Le commissariat
Astrig Chandèze-Avakian
Astrig Chandèze-Avakian

Producer at Aeternam films (Paris)

She previously worked for almost 6 years with the producer Julie Paratian at Sister productions (France). She was involved in the production of more than ten films noticed in major festivals including DEMONS IN PARADISE by Jude Ratnam (1st film, Cannes Official Selection 2017) and SHOULD THE WIND DROP by Nora Martirosyan (1st film, Cannes Official Selection and ACID Cannes 2020). With Aeternam, she is working with young authors and she is developing fiction and documentary films.

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm12165402/

Matteo D'Ambros
Matteo D'Ambros

Professor at IUAV

Matteo D’Ambros is an architect, PhD in urbanism. He teaches urban design at the IUAV University in Venice.
Founder of the environmental group Ground Action, he co-curated "Up! Marghera on stage" exhibited at the Padiglione Venezia of XV Biennale Internazionale di Architettura di Venezia, 2016. He is co-editor of the book titled “Roberto Burle Marx. Verso un moderno paesaggio tropicale”, Poligrafo edition, 2014.
Luka Skansi
Luka Skansi

Associate Professor, Politecnico di Milano

I am an architectural historian, since 2019 associate professor at Politecnico di Milano. I hold a Master of Science in Architecture from University IUAV in Venice, and a doctoral degree in History of Architecture and Cities from the School for Advanced Studies in Venice, obtained in 2006 with a research on pre-revolutionary Russia (1900-1917).
My research interests include Italian architecture and engineering of the 20th century, Russian and Soviet architecture, the architecture in ex-Yugoslavia. I wrote books, essays and articles on Carlo Scarpa, Aldo Rossi, Gino Valle, Pier Luigi Nervi, Myron Goldsmith, Jože Plečnik, Nikolaj Ladovskij, Moisei Ginzburg, Peter Behrens, Manfredo Tafuri, Vladimir Braco Mušič.
In 2009 I received a Bruno Zevi Honorable Mention Prize for a historical-critical essay on the architectural culture of late tsarist Russia. In 2012 I was a Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal, where I conducted a research on the teaching methods applied at the Vkhutemas – the renowned Soviet Avant-Garde school in the USSR in the 1920s. I was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana (Slovenia, 2011) and Belgrade (Serbia, 2013), and at the Art History department of the University Ca Foscari in Venice (Italy, 2014).
In 2018 I was honoured to receive the Plečnik medal for a contribution to the architectural culture 2018, given by the Chamber of Architects Ljubljana, Slovenia, for the research project "Streets and Neighbourhoods. Vladimir Braco Mušič and Large Scale Architecture", and for the curatiorial work on the exhibition at the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljublhana.
At the moment I am a member of the Teaching Committee of the School of Doctorate
Studies at the Faculty of Architecture IUAV in Venice and of the Doctorate School of the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade.