“La casa ausente/ The Absent House” to screen at the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival


Along with architect Fernando Abruña (the subject of the documentary), director Rubén Abruña (Puerto Rico) will present and discuss his film The Absent House at the 2016 Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival. The DREFF runs from September 13-18, and plays in 11 cities and more than 30 venues around the country [see previous post 6th Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival].

DescriptionLa casa ausente/The Absent House is the story of the first sustainable house in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The house is totally independent from the electric, water and sewer authorities. It derives its energy from the sun, it satisfies its water needs from the rain, and recycles all human wastes. In the process of presenting the house, the film also delves into the sustainable work of architect Fernando Abruña Charneco, a disciple of Buckminster Fuller, the Da Vinci of the XX Century. Abruña Charneco has designed many sustainable buildings, like La Casa Ausente, by doing more with less (which Fuller referred to as ephemeralization). Abruña Charneco also designed the first sustainable public school in Puerto Rico, and recently launched the prototype of a solar-electric car. Parallel to this work, he has engaged in futuristic architecture, designing for the next century, and subverting the concept of housing that modern society has traditionally embraced.

The director points out that the sustainable work of Abruña Charneco “confirms that we have to change our habits in order to cope with the challenges of climate change” and that considering that “40% of all gases that cause climate change come from buildings . . . architects have a crucial responsibility.”

For more information, see http://theabsenthouse.com/

Also see http://www.globalfoundationdd.org/project_dreff.asp

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