A Conversation with Chicago Architecture Critics Blair Kamin and Lee Bey: Who Is the City For? (A Virtual Library Event)

We are pleased to support the consortium of libraries presenting a riveting discussion with two of Chicago’s most celebrated architecture critics, Blair Kamin and Lee Bey. They will be sharing their new book, Who Is the City For? Architecture, Equity, and the Public Realm in Chicago. Learn about their views of Chicago that reach beyond its glamorous downtown and dramatic buildings to the city’s culturally diverse neighborhoods, including modest structures associated with storied figures of African-American history.

This event is free and open to the public. CLICK HERE to register

From his high-profile battles with Donald Trump to his insightful celebrations of Frank Lloyd Wright and front-page takedowns of Chicago mega-projects like Lincoln Yards, Pulitzer Prize–winning, former Chicago Tribune architecture critic, Blair Kamin, has long informed and delighted readers with his illuminating commentary. This new book pairs Kamin’s words with striking new images by photographer and architecture critic, Lee Bey, once his rival at the Chicago Sun-Times. In this work, their first collaboration, the critics highlight the shared spaces of the public realm as well as the urgent need to rebuild Black and brown neighborhoods devastated by decades of discrimination and disinvestment.

This event is presented in partnership with Glencoe Public Library, Highland Park Public Library, and Vernon Area Public Library.

Event date: 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Virtual Zoom Event
Who Is the City For?: Architecture, Equity, and the Public Realm in Chicago By Blair Kamin, Lee Bey (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Blair Kamin, Lee Bey (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9780226822730
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: University of Chicago Press - November 21st, 2022

A vividly illustrated collaboration between two of Chicago’s most celebrated architecture critics casts a wise and unsparing eye on inequities in the built environment and attempts to rectify them.