Douglas R. Friedlander
Our mission is to encourage awareness of and interest in the built environment and, through many different kinds of programs, to educate and inform the community about buildings and their designers.
THE VANISHING CITY
Wednesday, December 17, 2010 | 8:00pm
Discussion and Book Signing
The Architectural and Film Committees present The Vanishing City, a new documentary told through the eyes of tenants, city planners, business owners, scholars, and politicians. The Vanishing City exposes the real politics behind the alarming disappearance of New York’s beloved neighborhoods, the truth about its finance-dominated economy, and the myth of “inevitable change.”
Artfully documented through interviews, hearings, demonstrations, and archival footage, the film takes a sober look at the city’s "luxury" policies and high-end development, the power role of the elite, and accusations of corruption surrounding land use and rezoning. The Vanishing City recently won Best Short Documentary at the Harlem International Film Festival and Best Feature Documentary at the Williamsburg International Film Festival. It also garnished "Honorable Mention" at the Los Angeles International Film Festival.