See how Francine Houben, creative director of Netherlands-based Mecanoo Architecten, had to consider the significance of a library designed in the sixties by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and named after Martin Luther King, Jr., when she was commissioned to give Washington, D.C.’s central library a new future. In this documentary film, follow Houben as she investigates the past and present in order to design a world-class library. Francine delves into the archives, meets contemporaries of Mies and King, speaks to current visitors of the library, and participates in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march. During her quest, both the building's namesake and the original architect look over her shoulder critically. A Q&A with DC Public Library assistant director of communications Martha Saccocio and Luuk van Wijlick, architect, Mecanoo Architecten will follow the screening. This event is presented as part of Architecture Month.
|This screening is presented in partnership with the DC Public Library.|
This program is free of charge, though pre-registration is required. There is a limit of two tickets per registrant. Walk-in registration based on availability.Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.
Renderings of current and future designs for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library. Courtesy of Mecanoo/Martinez & Johnson.