The Song Cave, in partnership with Pioneer Works, presents CHARAS: The Improbable Dome Builders, by Syeus Mottel, a fascinating account of six ex-gang members who broke ground to construct a geodesic dome on a vacant lot in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge after a 1970 meeting with the celebrated and revolutionary architect R. Buckminster Fuller. Originally published in 1973, this expanded edition acts as a record to highlight ways communities activate empty spaces before gentrification. CHARAS co-founder Chino Garcia, will be in conversation with Libertad O. Guerra, Director of The Loisaida Center, Michael Ben-Eli, early CHARAS adviser and founder of The Sustainability Lab and Matt Mottel, moderated by architect and Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture Professor Nandini Bagchee.
Presented by the Song Cave and Pioneer Works on September 22, 2018. Recording courtesy Blank Forms.