The film's subject is water, yet its theme is terrifying: H2Omx exposes Mexico city's ever increasing desertfication, whereby the nine million inhabitants are deserted in the desert. Can a megacity develop a sustainable water policy for 22 million inhabitants? Mexico city was never built in the near vicinity of water, however it was built on top of a lake. As its population demands a vast amount of drinking water, it is forced to supplement its own supply from regional districts. In addition, its sewage ends up in the agricutural streams. This film is an ecological case study of the valley of Mexico, which is struggling to cope with it's growing population.
18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite
19:00-21:00 Architecture of Labour
Museum is free of charge from 17:00-21:00
Het Nieuwe Instituut
3015 CB Rotterdam
Producer, designer and Workspacer Manuel Toledo curates a second film night especially for Thursday Night Live! From his fascination with architecture, culture and the creative industries, Toledo has established two international architecture film festivals in Santiago de Chile and London. The film H20mx (2014, Mexico) will be screened on 7 March in Het Nieuwe Instituut. With an introduction by Dr. ir. Heidi Sohn.
Manuel Toledo is a producer and independent designer from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. He has worked as designer for institutions, such as TU-Delft in the development of a sustainable house in The Netherlands, and for the Urban-Think Tank in Zürich (ETH-Z) and Caracas on architecture projects in India and The Netherlands. As of 2012 he is a co-organizer for the ArqFilmFest in Santiago, Chile, the first architecture film festival of Chile and Latin America. The festival's fourth successful edition has shown that its popularity is rising. After his Santiago experiences, Manuel founded the ArchFilmFest London, of which the first edition was held in June 2017. As chairman of the Encuentros 2015 conference in Rotterdam set the stage for the largest conference of international network of Chilean researchers, entrepreneurs and professionals outside Chile, to create a discourse concerning the sustainable future of Chile.
Dr. ir. Heidi Sohn is Associate Professor of Architecture Theory and leader of the Architecture Theory chair at the Architecture Department of the Faculty of Architecture, TU-Delft. She received her doctoral title in Architecture Theory from the TU-Delft in 2006 for her dissertation on Mexico City in post-structural thought. Her main areas of investigation include genealogical enquiries of contemporary theoretical landscapes; investigations on geopolitical and politico-economic conditions and implications of late capitalist urbanization, and more recently, explorations on the spatio-material and sociocultural impact of various phenomena such as bordering and movement. Her research is often inspired on Mexico City, her hometown. She is a licensed architect and lives in Amsterdam since 1999.
Before the Thursday Night you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:00 Het Nieuwe Café will serve a light vegetarian meal. Dinner vouchers are available for € 7.70 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link.
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