ByDesign [Online] 2020 – Ever the Land w/ Gathering Circle

This event took place on Mar 22, 2020

Sliding scale admission: $0–25

Please pay what you can; proceeds support our move to a virtual platform!

Showtime listed is Pacific Standard Time.



ByDesign Festival 2020 is STREAMING ONLINE! Northwest Film Forum’s physical space is temporarily closed in light of public health concerns around COVID-19, but community, dialogue, and education through media arts WILL persist.

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Sarah Grohnert
New Zealand
1h 30m


In New Zealand’s Te Urewera forest, the Maori tribe Ngāi Tūhoe wrestle with the Crown for autonomy in their ancestral homeland. Amid prodigious negotiations for settlement and stewardship rights, the Tūhoe embark on a landmark architectural project: a Living Building community center. To qualify as a Living Building, the structure must give more energy than it takes. The project would be the first in New Zealand and one of a small group worldwide, including the Bullitt Center in Seattle, which was named the most sustainable commercial building in the world.

The new community center would symbolize the tribe’s connection to the land and new hope for the future… however, not everyone is convinced that this symbolic gesture is worth the money. As the project moves along, a disconnect between the Tūhoe and the architects becomes evident. In these fragile moments, the power of architecture to bring people together shines through.

Screens with Gathering Circle

(Tracey Strnad, Canada, 2019, 10 min)

Indigenous architects and collaborators restore indigenous influence to a waterfront park with a welcoming canopy structure in Collingwood, Canada. The structure highlights ancient values and promotes the coming together of all people, which the designers hope generations upon generations after them will get to experience.

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