On May 17 2018, a series "Cinematic Visions. American Cities and Architecture in Documentaries" will travel to Ivano-Frankivsk. The "Teple Misto" (Warm City) platform (Ivano-Frankivsk) invited the film "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City" (2017) to be screened as part of a public program MetaLab and provoke a discussion thereon.
The event will take place at 7 pm in the MetaLab space at "Promprylad" (Ivano-Frankivsk, 23Ж Sakharova str.).
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) is an icon, a visionary writer who can be credited for almost single-handedly launching a powerful American urbanist movement whose principles continues to shape debates over the city today. A successful journalist during a time when women had little to no agency in professional architectural or city planning circles, Jacobs wrote the seminal work The Life and Death of Great American Cities. Her scholarship was complemented by a fierce street-wise activism that showed how engaged citizens can fight the power for better neighborhoods. This highly-praised documentary depicts the epic 1960s battle between Jacobs and the ruthless New York City "master builder and planning tsar" Robert Moses, a crucial battle that was to determine the future of lower Manhattan.
After the screening, everyone is invited to join the discussion with Peter Beiger and Olha Zarechniuk.
Peter Beiger is a curator of the film screening series "Cinematic Visions. American Cities and Architecture in Documentaries" run by the Center for Urban History. Peter is a Fulbright scholar 2018 to conduct research in Ukraine. Peter Beiger is an author, editor, and documentary maker from San Francisco. He explores architectural heritage and identity of Lviv.
Olha Zarechniuk is an architectural editor of the Lviv Interactive program and coordinates the "Cinematic Visions".
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