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CITY FUTURE: Professor Breugmann with Commissioner Reifman: Reception and Conversation

  • Rare Nest Gallery 3433 North Kedvale Avenue Chicago, IL, 60641 United States (map)


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Please join Rare Nest as we host Professor Robert Breugmann and Commissioner David Reifman in a discussion around the future of the city - held in conjunction with the exhibition Urban Studies.  

Robert Breugmann is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History, Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Breugmann is the author of numerous articles and books including The Architects and the City:  Holabird & Roche of Chicago 1880-1918, (University of Chicago Press, 1997), the controversial Sprawl:  A Compact History (University of Chicago Press, 2005), The Architecture of Harry Weese, (W. W. Norton, 2010) and most recently, Bob edited Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America (Yale University Press, 2018). 

David Reifman has served as Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development since 2015.  A native Chicagoan, Reifman is responsible for leading the department's Housing, Economic Development, and Planning & Zoning bureaus while fostering community-improvement projects and initiatives throughout the city. As Commissioner of DPD, he serves on the Chicago Plan Commission, Community Development Commission, and Commission on Chicago Landmarks, among other public agencies. He is also chairman of the board of the Chicago Development Fund.  Reifman has overseen unprecedented growth in residential and office construction, redevelopment of underutilized resources and has implemented major policy improvements in zoning variance.