Joseph Hillel has written, produced, and directed a number of documentary and fiction films, including the award-winning Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe (2004). Aimed at general audiences, his documentaries range in subject matter from the story of Haiti's revolution to the life of photographer Yousuf Karsh. As a look at Hillel's filmography makes clear, his primary focus is not architecture.1

However, his most recent documentary, City Dreamers, presents the lives and work of four pioneering women architects—Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, and Denise Scott Brown—who, for decades, have observed and transformed the urban environment. These women's careers span an era of extraordinary change in which they were active agents, encompassing the triumph of international modernism, the rise of historic preservation, and the emergence of environmentalism in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. All have had significant impacts on the cities...

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