When the city of Chicago decided to build the largest public library in the United States, five teams of top architects and developers competed for the job. The instructions were to make it distinguished, make it work, make it on time, and make it for $140 million. The NOVA program Design Wars (1989, 50 min., DVD projection) examines the startlingly different approaches to the criteria and the range of responses within the special demands of the project.
This screening will be introduced by Lee Bey, executive director for the Chicago Central Area Committee (CCAC), a civic group composed of business and cultural leaders devoted to improving the architecture, transportation, cultural life and urban design of downtown Chicago. He is also a writer, lecturer, and critic specializing in architecture, urbanism, and the role politics play in the creation of the built environment. He writes an architectural photoblog called “Lee Bey’s Chicago” for public radio station WBEZ.and was on-air architecture contributor for Fox News Chicago from 2010 to 2012.
The screening is co-presented by the William H. Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lecture Series at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This is the first of a series of screenings that they’ll be co-presenting.
Black Cinema House
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