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Land and Legacy: The Obama Presidential Center

With their founding philosophy “We want to leave good marks upon this earth,” Founding Partner Tod Williams, FAIA, will show how the Obama Presidential Center, now in construction, will do just that.

$18 (1 hr)

Category: Presentation, Talk, *Newly Added*, Annenberg Theater

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The Obama Presidential Center, currently in construction, will be an active campus and resource for Chicago’s South Side. While past presidential libraries have been centered on story-telling and enshrining past achievements, The Obama Presidential Center aims to be a welcoming place for story-making. In 2016, the New York based firm, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA), were selected as the designers of the Center following an extensive international competition.  
Their design creates a campus that’s integrated in the landscape, comprising a museum tower, forum building and library around a public plaza. Embedded in a 19-acre parcel of Jackson Park, the 325,000 square foot campus will reactivate the parkland with new topography and amenities, while integrating innovative sustainable solutions.
Throughout the firm’s nearly forty-year history, TWBTA has proven that being deferential to each landscape that they build in, and harnessing the power of the earth, leads to transcendent and enduring architectural solutions. Building on their founding statement “We want to leave good marks upon this earth,” Founding Partner Tod Williams, FAIA, will walk through the Center's key design features and share the firm's journey leading to this project of immense significance.  
TWBT’s work is committed to reflecting the values of non-profit, cultural, and academic institutions through an architecture that is serene and enduring. Prominent examples include academic building projects at Princeton University; the University of Chicago; the University of Pennsylvania; Haverford College; Bennington College; and the University of California, Berkeley. Some of their public and institutional projects include the Phoenix Art Museum; the Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, New Hampshire; the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia; and the Lefrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The firm’s current work includes the renovation of the David Geffen Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York; the U.S. Embassy Complex in Mexico City; and the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.


Things to Know
This event is for 
12 and older.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Handicap parking is available.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location
Annenberg Theater

Palm Springs Art Museum
101 N Museum Dr

Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: Obama Foundation

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