UPD: Blair Kamin “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Glory and Neglect of Harvard Yards Gates”

Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune architecture and 2013 Nieman Fellow Blair Kamin discusses one of the most heavily-used, but least-understood, aspects of Harvard’s common spaces: The 25 gates that enclose Harvard Yard. Why were the gates built? Who were their architects and patrons? How do they address the highly- charged issues of enclosure and exclusion? In an age that values transparency and openness, should these historic but restrictive portals be viewed as assets or anachronisms? The talk is based on the new e-book “The Gates of Harvard Yard.”


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