ReConnect 3.0 2022 AIA ILLINOIS CONFERENCE
SESSION TWO | RECONNECT CONFERENCE
THURSDAY, NOV. 3
A conversation with Alexander Shevchenko, urbanist and founder of ReStart Ukraine.
MONDAY, NOV. 21 | Social at 5 p.m., Presentation at 5:30 p.m. | Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology | Free | CE Approval Pending
An in-person presentation with a book signing at IIT. A discussion with Lee Bey and Blair Kamin following the publication of their new book “Who Is the City For? Architecture, Equity, and the Public Realm in Chicago.” Moderated by Reed Kroloff at IIT.
At the book's heart is its expansive approach to a central concept in contemporary political and architectural discourse: equity. Kamin argues for a broad understanding of the term, one that prioritizes both the shared spaces of the public realm and the urgent need to rebuild Black and brown neighborhoods devastated by decades of discrimination and disinvestment. "At best," he writes in the book's introduction, "the public realm can serve as an equalizing force, a democratizing force. It can spread life's pleasures and confer dignity, irrespective of a person's race, income, creed, or gender. In doing so, the public realm can promote the social contract -- the notion that we are more than our individual selves, that our common humanity is made manifest in common ground." Yet the reality in Chicago, as "Who Is the City For?" powerfully demonstrates, often falls painfully short of that ideal.
Pre-sales are available on Amazon. Copies will also be available for purchase from the IIT bookstore.
Reed Kroloff - Moderator
IIT College of Architecture dean and Rowe Family College of Architecture Endowed Chair
Reed Kroloff is a widely sought-after national commentator on architecture and design, whose writing has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Esquire and Metropolis, along with television credits for programs on PBS and the Sundance Channel. He currently serves as dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture.
Lee Bey - Speaker
Lee Bey is an editorial writer and architecture critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and the author of Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side. Previously former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley’s deputy chief of staff for architecture and urban planning, Bey has had photographs published in the New York Times and Architectural Digest.
Blair Kamin - Speaker
Blair Kamin is the author or editor of several books, including Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago and Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age. The Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic for 28 years, Kamin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1999.
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