Film Screening: A Legacy of Mies and King at the American Institute of Architects DC

20.04.2018 - Events

What do you do with a library designed in the '60s by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and named after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? This was the question architect Francine Houben, creative director of Mecanoo, had to answer when she was commissioned to give Washington, D.C.’s central library a new future.

The documentary film A Legacy of Mies and King follows Houben as she investigates the past and present in order to design a world-class library of the future. Houben delves into the archives, meets contemporaries of Mies and King, speaks to current visitors of the library and participates in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march. During her quest, both the building's namesake and the original architect look over her shoulder critically.

A Q&A with DC Public Library executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will follow the screening.

Date: Wednesday, April 25th 2018, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: The screening will take place at the American Institute of Architects DC building at 421 7th St. NW. Registration is required. Please RSVP.

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