19 February 2013
6:30 PM - 8:40 PM
RIBA, 66 Portland Place London W1B 1AD
London Charity Premiere
16 Acres charts the rebuilding of ground zero, one of the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban renewal projects in American history. From the beginning, the effort has been fraught with controversy, delays and politics. The struggle has encompassed eleven years, nineteen government agencies, a dozen projects and over $20 billion.
This film is the story of how and why this historic project got built. At the heart of the story is the dramatic tension between noblest intentions, the desire of everyone involved to 'get it right', and the politics, hubris, ego and ideology that is the bedrock of New York City. What does it say about us as New Yorkers, as Americans?
With inside access to the project and these key players, 16 Acres tells the story behind the headlines. Who are these men and women? What motivates them? How will their personalities shape the project? And, ultimately, will it succeed?
The screening is followed by a Q&A with members of the documentary team and participants in the saga.
This premiere is being organised in support of the Portland to Portland Ride raising funds for Article 25, Architecture for Humanity and the ABS.
Portland to Portland