16 Acres

16 Acres

2012, 91 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Architecture/Design, Documentary

Friday, September 27 @ 4:30 pm
Colorado Premiere sponsored by CU Denver-College of Architecture & Planning.
Post-screening Q&A with Michael Jenson, Assoc. Prof. at CU Denver College of Architecture.

The rebuilding of Ground Zero in New York City is one of the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban renewal projects in history. The struggle has encompassed eleven years, nineteen government agencies, a dozen projects and over $20 billion. Politicians, developers, architects (including Daniel Leibskind and Norman Foster), insurance companies, local residents, and relatives of 9/11 victims all profess a claim to the site and are often in conflict with one another. According to The New York Times, "Where some saw lucrative real estate, others saw a graveyard. Where some saw Rockefeller Center or Lincoln Center or Grand Central Terminal, others saw Gettysburg." At the heart of the story is the dramatic tension between noblest intentions, the desire of everyone involved to "get it right," and the politics, hubris, ego and ideology that is the bedrock of New York City.

DIRECTOR: Richard Hankin

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