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Archive for February 23rd, 2010

Two films play in Columbus this week, both with a little something in common, or at least in my opinion these films share something in common – design.

Tonight The New Metropolis – a film about America’s first suburbs that blossomed at the end of World War II.  Once the vast and affordable landscape of the American Dream, the first suburbs are now falling victim to the problems that urban centers faced decades ago.  The first suburbs are the new victims of urban sprawl.

The New Metropolis plays tonight (Tuesday 23rd) at the Drexel East in Bexley – 7:30p.  Admission is free and donations will be accepted to the Central Ohio Green Education Fund.

And this weekend at the Wexner Center comes the opportunity to see the Eric Bricker film about the architectural photographer Julius Shulman.  Visual Acoustics is a documentary about this legendary photographer.  While you may not be familiar with the name (I wasn’t) you will most certainly recognize the work of Mr. Shulman.

Visual Acoustics plays on both Friday and Saturday (26th & 27th) at 7p at the Wexner Center.

In both films we’ll see vestiges of utopian design – the built environment that would ideally transform American culture – some more successfully than others.

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