Global Culture, Civic Competition, Social Impact: Building for the Arts in the 21st Century

Global Culture, Civic Competition, Social Impact: Building for the Arts in the 21st Century

Jean Nouvel | Louvre Abu Dhabi exterior | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | Photograph © Louvre Abu Dhabi, Mohamed Somji

Global Culture, Civic Competition, Social Impact: Building for the Arts in the 21st Century

A discussion with Arthur Cohen, Adrian Ellis, Victoria Newhouse, Joshua Prince-Ramus, and Annabelle Selldorf.

Twenty years ago, the Guggenheim Bilbao opened to widespread acclaim, generating a great deal of new tourism and an economic upswing in this Basque city. A worldwide scramble to duplicate the “Bilbao Effect” was set in motion, as cities everywhere sought to use investment in striking new buildings for culture to spur economic development. In 2017, bold new museums, theaters, and concert halls are being built in cities from Abu Dhabi to Warsaw to Harbin, and cultural projects remain a coveted commission for the world’s leading architects.

At the same time, recent research shows that the expectations and desires of cultural audiences are changing. Audiences are defining culture much more broadly and casually, and have less loyalty to traditional institutions. And the experience of many cities forces the question of whether investment in cultural buildings and complexes delivers what its boosters claim?

In an era of growing populism and resistance to globalization, is there a backlash against these symbols of global culture? How is this investment perceived more generally, in an era when many governments and economies find it difficult to generate broad-based economic opportunity? How does, and can, architecture respond? read more

Monday, December 4, 2017
7:00 p.m.
League Members: Free
Non-Members: $15
Reservations required //  tickets here


Tishman Auditorium
New York University Law School
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY

Use MacDougal Street entrance across the street from The Provincetown Playhouse (133 MacDougal Street)




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