Watch how design made summer camp activities possible for chronically-ill & disabled children

The winning film showcases the design solutions that provide access to camp activities for chronically-ill and disabled children

New York – September 30, 2016 –
The grand prize winner of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) I Look Up Film Challenge is Arch 335: Rebuilding Medcamps.  Submitted by Brad Deal, Robert Brooks and Michael Tolar, the film explores the important work of the Design Build Studios of Louisiana Tech University to provide Medcamps of Louisiana, a non-profit organization that provides free summer camp to children with chronic illnesses and disabilities, with spaces for gathering, learning, and adventure. 

Filmed in Choudrant, Louisiana, the film demonstrates how design is improving access for children who might otherwise be unable to experience a summer camp, but also shows the impact on the Louisiana Tech University students involved with working with Medcamps.

With only one month to find stories, build a team, and capture a story, 47 teams completed beautiful and compelling short films about architecture for the 2nd annual I Look Up Film Challenge.

Second prize went to  20x10, a film about a radical approach to creating a community for the chronically homeless in Austin, TX and submitted by filmmakers Patrick Higgins and Kurt Hanley. It looks at how a micro-home design provides spaces for homeless individuals to personalize and establish roots.

Third prize went to  Build Back Better, filmed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and submitted by OPN Architects and filmmaker Sam Fathallah, which captures the Cedar Rapids community’s recovery process after the destructive flood that swept through the town in June 2008. Civic leaders turned to OPN Architects to help with the analysis of the flooded spaces and to conduct a city-wide public participation process to rebuild.

The announcement of the top three films was made at the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City.  These films will be screened at SXSW Eco on October 12 and again at the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando. Voting remains open for the People’s Choice Award until October 3. Watch the films and cast your vote now.

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