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Join Terreform and Proyecto Helicoide as we kick off the year with the launch of the long-awaited book, Downward Spiral: El Helicoide’s Descent from Mall to Prison, co-edited by Celeste Olalquiaga and Lisa Blackmore. This comprehensive volume of critical essays, testimonials, creative work, and archival photography follows the successful exhibition on El Helicoide that was held at the Center for Architecture last summer. A scholarly reference and an engaging tale of mid-20th-century petro-modernity, Downward Spiral establishes the contrast between the architects’ grand plans for a futuristic, drive-in shopping mall and the building’s ultimate use as a homeless shelter and, to this day, a prison.

Michael Sorkin, President, Terreform and Editor-in-Chief, UR (Urban Research)
Celeste Olalquiaga, Director, Proyecto Helicoide

Light refreshments will be served and copies of the book will be available for sale.


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Organized by
Center for Architecture
Wednesday, 1/17
6pm to 8pm
Center for Architecture
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