Panel Discussion: Architecture and Books: Spectacle

Architect David Rockwell discusses Spectacle (Phaidon Press, 2006), his new book about festivals and celebrations. A panel featuring the book’s designer Bruce Mau and moderated by design consultant Chee Pearlman considers the creation of spectacular, larger-than-life events through the eyes of producers and designers, and examines their value in bringing people together. Co-sponsored by the Municipal Art Society and the Architectural League of New York.

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