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ADBC #1 — Public space, William H. Whyte and the High Line

Yesterday’s late afternoon thunder and lighting provided a very dramatic backdrop for the first installment of the Architecture and Design Book Club (ADBC), in which our special guest architecture critic Alexandra Lange led discussion on William H. Whyte’s the Social Life of Small Urban Spaces.

Superscript’s Molly Heintz kicked off the event, welcoming Alexandra who contextualized and introduced Whyte’s work. The lively Q&A that followed touched upon zoning, politics, public space, parks in NYC and the “special” status of the High Line. We had a great turnout, and guests included the Van Alen Institute’s Olympia Kazi, D-Crit’s Alice Twemlow, writer Mimi Zeiger, and Curry Stone design prize curator Chee Pearlman. Thanks to everyone who showed up — discussion was fantastic, and the High Line 23rd Street bleachers a perfect setting. Check out Paul Needham’s coverage of the event in the Huffington Post.

Stay tuned for details on ADBC#2 very soon… and some more pictures after the jump!

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