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Blair Kamin lecture: Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultous Age

*Mini Grant*

Based on his new compilation of newspaper columns book, the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic surveys the period bracketed by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and this year’s opening of the world’s tallest building in Dubai. As the book reveals, the era was a “Dickensian construction zone,” marked by extreme oscillation between urban disaster and artistic triumph, repressive security measures and teeming public spaces, frugal energy-saving architecture and giddy design excess. Assessing everything from head-turning buildings by Frank Gehry to such ordinary structures as a McDonald’s, Kamin distinguishes the masterpieces from the mediocrities, in the process demonstrating the continued relevance of Frank Lloyd Wright’s sage remark: “There can be no separation between our architecture and our culture. Nor any separation of either from our happiness.”

*Seating is limited. Please make your reservations at 515.271.0313 or via e-mail. Specify "Kamin lecture" and include a name for the reservation, a contact e-mail address or phone number, and the number of seats requested.

This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Sun Oct 3, 2010 3pm – 4pm Central Time
Des Moines Art Center-Levitt Auditorium 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312 (map)