Author Nandini Bagchee examines three re-purposed buildings on the Lower East Side that have been used by activists over the past forty years. The Peace Pentagon was the headquarters of the anti-war movement, El Bohio was a metaphoric “hut” that envisioned the Puerto Rican Community as a steward of the environment, and ABC No Rio was appropriated from a storefront sign with missing letters by artists. These buildings are important components of struggles in New York City, providing a venue for political participation while existing as a vital part of the city’s civic infrastructure.
We will delve into the fascinating tension between insurgent activism and architecture, especially in light of more current perils of the real estate market.
Nandini Bagchee is an Associate Professor of Design and History at CCNY, CUNY and Principal of Bagchee Architects.
Co-Sponsored by the Loisaida Center and GVSHP
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