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News Sun Mar 30 2014

Roosevelt University Installs Multimedia Exhibit Honoring Real Estate Pioneer

Rooseveltexhibit-GB.jpg"Lifescape: A Video Portrait of Marshall Bennett," a multimedia installation honoring one of Chicago's real-estate pioneers, will open to the public Friday at Roosevelt University's Heller College of Business and Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate.

The installation and the institute honor Bennett, now 92, a major force in real estate development and planning in Chicago and around the world. "Marshall is a true legend in real estate and urban planning and development, not just in Chicago but on an international scale," says Jon DeVries, founding director of the institute.

The installation was produced by Bennett's daughter, author Bija Bennett, and features a video exhibit directed by noted video artist Lincoln Schatz with music recorded by cellist Ken Olsen of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Bija Bennett is an artist, performer, writer, and educator who integrates the arts, media, and consciousness. She is an internationally renowned yoga therapist, who has worked with Deepak Chopra and created YogaAway LLC, an international wellness brand for the hospitality and spa industries. She is the author of Emotional Yoga (Simon & Schuster) and Breathing Into Life (Harper Collins.) "Lifescape" is the first installation in her series of work on "The Dad Project," an art and film project about fathers and daughters. Her website is

Marshall Bennett and his partner Louis Kahnweiler formed their pioneering industrial real estate firm Bennett & Kahnweiler in 1946. The firm was considered to be an inventor of the modern industrial park. The team's first comprehensive planned industrial district was O'Hare Industrial Park in 1954. Other projects over the years included: Centex Industrial Park in Elk Grove Village, Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie, and Montbello Industrial Park in Denver. During his career Bennett has been involved in developing 26 industrial parks in seven cities. He is known for his philanthropy in the fields of medicine, science, the arts and global initiatives.

The permanent installation honoring Marshall Bennett will be open to students and the public at Roosevelt's new Wabash Building, 425 S. Wabash, 12th floor, during building hours starting Friday. A private reception will be held on Thursday to launch the exhibit. For more information, visit the institute website. For more information about the video portrait installation, contact Bija Bennett at or 312-202-1105.

Photo courtesy of Roosevelt University.

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Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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