Here’s the AIA’s Documentary on Rural Studio, Kicking Off the 2016 “I Look Up” Film Challenge

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) launched their second annual I Look Up Film Challenge, where architects and other design professionals can produce short documentaries about the impact of architecture. This year’s challenge kicked off with a short film on Rural Studio, Auburn University’s design-build program. The documentary showcases the small town of Newbern, Alabama, and how the town’s been impacted through Rural Studio’s design and construction of a new fire station and library. The short film shows the program’s design process from early schematic drawings through the end of construction through a series of short interviews.


The deadline for registration for this year’s competition is July 10, while video submissions are due by August 14, and the winners will be announced in September. The winners will be awarded a cash prize and have their films shown at the Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York and Los Angeles, as well as the SXSW Eco Conference in Austin.

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