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6:30PM  Friday, November 10, 2017

“Architectural Criticism and Political Acts.”

Blair Kamin is the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic of
the Chicago Tribune. A graduate of Amherst College and the Yale
School of Architecture, he holds honorary degrees from Monmouth
University and North Central College, where he serves as an
adjunct professor of art. Kamin has lectured widely and has
discussed architecture on numerous programs, from ABC’s
“Nightline” to NPR’s “All Things Considered.” He is the winner of
more than 40 awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism,
the George Polk Award for Criticism and the American Institute of
Architects’ Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement. He has
twice been a Pulitzer Prize juror. Kamin lives in the Chicago
suburb of Wilmette with his wife, the author and former Chicago
Tribune writer Barbara Mahany. They have two sons, Will, a
first-year student at Yale Law School, and Teddy, a junior at
New Trier High School.
Event description: What is the proper analytical lens for an
architecture critic? Should he or she focus on buildings as
aesthetic objects or view them in a broader framework that
accounts for the pragmatic realities of politics and business?
And is it enough to simply look at buildings? Or is all of
design, from a 6-by-12 inch license plate to President Trump’s
proposed 1,000-mile border wall, fair game? This keynote lecture,
part of a symposium marking the 50th anniversary of the Master
of Environmental Design program at the Yale School of
Architecture, will explore these tensions through case studies
that recount impactful critiques of the Trump International Hotel
& Tower in Chicago and an award-winning series of articles about
the problems and promise of Chicago’s great public space, its
lakefront.

Admission: Free
Sponsor: Poynter Fellowship in Journalism
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