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When: Thursday, April 28, 2016
8:00 PM
Where: Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Ave
Iowa 50312
United States

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The Iowa Young Architects Forum, the Center for Image and Spatial Politics: DSM, and the AIA Iowa invite you to the first event in a series, a showing of the film "Christiania", on April 28th at the Des Moines Art Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Iowa Young Architects Forum and the Center for Image and Spatial Politics: DSM have curated four films that explore issues of economics, eviction, and the politics of housing.

Despite Des Moines’s steady growth since the 2008 Financial Collapse, and the many articles proclaiming Des Moines as one of the most affordable cities in the nation, we are still seeing overall increases in rental costs and a county-wide shortage of 10,000 affordable housing units amongst the city’s most vulnerable citizens. Whether it be tent cities along the Des Moines River or artist studios near Western Gateway Park, tennants are being priced out of the city as more urban space is devoted to luxury housing and corporate development. 

This film series offers stories from cities around the globe that are facing similar issues and struggling to find ways to make cities equitable again. 

Christiania tells the story of a squatter community occupying an abandoned military base in the center of Copenhagen, Denmark. Christiania was born in 1971 when youthful idealism and a severe housing shortage incited hundreds of young people to occupy 85 acres of deserted brick buildings, woods, ramparts and canals as their home. Finding it politically unpopular to evict the young settlers, the Danish government declared Christiania a short-term social experiment.

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