Sunday, April 26, 2009

Towns Go Boom for Good May 1st - Becker Takes On Pullman Wednesday, April 29th

Ok, it's already come back from the dead once. Don't expect a second resurrection. If you're reckless enough to really want to see the exhibition that I guest curated for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Booms Towns! Chicago Architects Design New Worlds, Friday, May 1st is your last chance. Read more about it from CAF here and from me here.

And to add insult to injury, this Wednesday, April 29th, from 12:15 to 1:00 P.M., I will be delivering this week's lunchtime lecture, Before Burnham: Private Planning and the Town of Pullman. George Mortimer Pullman (and, no, that's not a lost Baldwin Brother in the picture to the right) was Bill Gates, Donald Trump, and Citizen Kane rolled into the one, and the story of the self-named town he built in 1880's, the "perfect city" that mesmerized thousands of visitors to the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, is one of the great, tragic epics of American history. Even as I write this, I'm working to cram the vital highlights into a fast 40 minutes.

My talk will take place in the John Buck lecture hall of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, with the exhibition in the adjacent atrium, both in the beautiful Santa Fe Building, 224 South Michigan.

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