MAS Context Fall Talks 2021
Future Landmarks:
Strategies for Cultural and Architectural Preservation


Architectural historian Elizabeth Blasius, filmmaker and journalist Nathan Eddy, and architect Mark Pasnik lectured online on Tuesday, November 9 as part of MAS Context’s 2021 Fall Talks series.


Future Landmarks: Strategies for Cultural and Architectural Preservation

During this event, Elizabeth Blasius, Nathan Eddy, and Mark Pasnik each discussed the strategies they use to raise awareness, celebrate, and fight for significant structures of our built environment. Books, films, tours, writings and other initiatives have the potential to inform and change minds and policies. Whether with architectural or cultural significance (or both), these structures play an important role in the everyday life of the city and its residents.


This event is related to the digital screening of Battleship Berlin, a documentary by Nathan Eddy.


This event has been organized by MAS Context in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Chicago.



This event is a partner program of the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial.



Boston City Hall, 2012. © Iker Gil.


Elizabeth Blasius is an architectural historian and cofounder of Preservation Futures, a Chicago-based firm exploring the future of historic preservation through research, action, and design. Her work encourages people to consider placemaking through existing buildings and vintage communities, and explores the potential for historic preservation to examine more personal stories and bring them into the practice. She is an Adjunct Professor at the College of Architecture at IIT and is on the board of DOCOMOMO Chicago. | | @blaservations | @presfutures

Nathan Eddy is an award-winning American filmmaker and journalist specializing in architecture and urban planning issues. His first two films, The Absent Column and Starship Chicago, document the struggle to protect Chicago’s architectural heritage. In 2017, Eddy organized and led the successful protest movement to landmark New York City’s epochal postmodern skyscraper, Philip Johnson and John Burgee’s AT&T Building.

Mark Pasnik is an architect and principal of the multi-disciplinary firm over,under where he has worked on urban, architectural, and design projects in the Middle East, Central America, and throughout the United States. He is a codirector of the pinkcomma gallery, cofounder and curator of the Design Biennial Boston, and coauthor of the book Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston published by Monacelli Press in 2015. He serves as chair of the Boston Art Commission.

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