Two of Chicago’s most celebrated architecture critics, Blair Kamin and Lee Bey, discuss their vividly illustrated 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.
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, 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.
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Presented in partnership with Glencoe Public Library, Highland Park Public Library, and Vernon Area Public Library.