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New Deal Utopias: Talk by Jason Reblando

  • Dates: 22 Feb, 2018
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
Reblando talk

Thursday, February 22, 2018. Event starts at 6 pm.

$10 suggested donation at the door. Includes wine.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N Astor St  Chicago, IL 60610


Photographer Jason Reblando will lecture on Thursday, February 22, as part of MAS Context’s 2018 Spring Talks series. The event will take place at the Society of Architectural Historians.

The photography book New Deal Utopias offers an opportunity to reflect one of the most ambitious but overlooked federal programs in American history. During the Great Depression, the U.S. government constructed three planned communities – Greenbelt, Maryland; Greenhills, Ohio; and Greendale, Wisconsin, to house displaced farmers and poor urban dwellers. Collectively known as the “Greenbelt Towns,” the housing program embodied the hope that these new model communities would usher in a new way of American life based on cooperation, not individualism. As the design and philosophy of the towns were inspired by Sir Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City principles, New Deal Utopias focuses on the designed landscapes and built environments of the towns, meditating on the connection of “town” and “country.” .

Copies of New Deal Utopias will be available for purchase during the event. The book, published by Kehrer Verlag and designed by JNL Graphic Design, includes texts by Natasha Egan and Robert Leighninger Jr.

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
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