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We are proud to announce that we have curated a special screening of NUFF Films to screen during Ottawa’s Architecture Week.  The week boasts an amazing line up of events and activities about architecture and urbanism.  The NUFF event will take place outdoors so dress appropriately.  There will be free popcorn!

The line up* was curated based on OAW’s request for films about housing.  As many North American cities face varied housing crises, these NUFF films showcase different housing types, different community solutions to displacement, gentrification, and community development.

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Thursday September 13th, 7pm-9pm

7 Clarence St, Ottawa, ON K1N, Canada

*The line up is subject to change.

Title Description
Built to Last

A brief primer on New Urbanism, the movement’s vision for building places people love.

I’d Rather Stay

What makes a neighbourhood a good place to grow old? ‘I’d Rather Stay’ shares the intimate stories of five older adults, living in different Greater Vancouver neighbourhoods. From dense urban centres to car dependent suburbs, the film delves into their day-to-day lives and explores personal issues of mobility, vulnerability, and resilience. We begin to understand the love that these older people feel for their homes and neighbourhoods, and their real fear should they lose their independence.

Last Dance on the Main

While a row of historic buildings on Montreal’s St Laurent boulevard is being demolished by politicians and building developers, the local community resists.


The foreclosure crisis hit Cleveland particularly hard, and the city is still reeling from the urban blight that accompanies abandoned homes and neighborhoods. blight examines the efforts of Thriving Communities, an organization that helps struggling neighborhoods transform themselves.

Finding America: The Fresh Prince of Anacostia

Kymone Freeman, co-owner and programming director of We Act Radio in Anacostia, works to stop displacement as gentrification closes in on his Washington, D.C. neighborhood.

Kymone is a producer for Anacostia Unmapped, which seeks to make radio in Washington D.C. sound more like the people who live there. He was featured in the web series for Finding America, a public media storytelling project sharing untold stories from 15 communities across the US, including Anacostia.

Caroline Woolard Flips the Real Estate Script

How can New Yorkers hope to stay put in a city where rents make living all but impossible? Impelled by her own personal experiences, artist and organizer Caroline Woolard advocates for permanently affordable space in New York City, banding together with artists and non-artists alike to build a real estate investment cooperative. The organization’s goal is to use individual member investments to inject capital into projects that turn vacant municipal properties into sustainable community resources and work with private owners to stabilize existing businesses and community spaces. As Woolard declares at the cooperative’s first meeting at the Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village, “We believe that small businesses and community based organizations with permanently affordable space, can transform our streetscapes from empty retail corridors and abandoned warehouses, to vibrant streets filled with local culture and dignified workers.”

Arlington Passages: Natalie

Environmentalist, Realtor, Community Creator. Meet Natalie! A local entrepreneur strives to bridge connected communities with her life’s passions.

CNU25.Seattle: Pocket Neighborhoods Tour

In this short Ross Chapin and Karen DeLucas of Ross Chapin Architects takes on a tour of two Seattle area Pocket Neighborhoods, which are small clusters of houses or apartments arranged around garden courtyards, pedestrian streets and indoor atriums.

Seaport Views

Boston’s Seaport District is a hotbed of new construction on a former railroad yard. But the city’s political process — “parcellation” has led to a landscape of stand-alone glass towers, big roads, and a lack of human scale. This brief film examines the history, process, and effects — while questioning what makes a great city.

The Hangout

A abandoned lot is transformed into a public gathering space, with creative musical and light installations.

The Cardboard Artist

“The Cardboard Artist” is a short documentary about Calder Greenwood, an LA-based street artist who creates elaborate cardboard and paper mache installations throughout the city. Through exploring ephemeral art and coming to know one of its creators, this film reveals how there’s great beauty in realizing some things must come to an end.

The Northparker

Architect + Developer Jonathan Segal’s new mixed use building brings together craft beer, street tacos and modern design at the corner of one of the country’s hottest neighborhoods- Northpark, San Diego.

Borrowed Light

A short animation about a young boy who steals light bulbs from all over the city. At first the citizens are upset, but then when they see the star showers, they realize that sacrificing a bit for the collective good lead to something better. An analogy for tactical urbanism projects that adaptive public space for different uses.

Saga City

An animated short that tells the story of how a fictonal town, “Colvert,” addressed common problems of traffic congestion, sprawl, pollution, and economic down turn. The film gently touches on issues such as adaptive reuse, infill development, sprawl retrofit, mixed use development, transit oriented neighborhood design, regional planning, greenbelts, complete streets, and multi generational planning.