Monthly Archives: June 2014

Join Us July 1 for a Book Talk with Photographer Chris Payne

Beach at Dusk, North Brother Island, NY, NY

Beach at Dusk, North Brother Island, NY, NY. Photo: Christopher Payne

We hope to see you on July 1 for drinks and conversation with photographer and friend Christopher Payne.

Trained as an architect, Chris brings a keen awareness of design and context to his remarkable work that documents overlooked treasures in the urban landscape. He’ll discuss the making of his recently released and acclaimed book, North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City (Fordham University Press, 2014).

Tuesday, July 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm
HMA2 Architects, 1239 Broadway between 30th and 31st Sts., 16th Fl. PH
7:00-7:30pm Presentation by Christopher Payne
7:30pm Drinks reception and book signing

Located in the East River between the Bronx and Queens, this small island became home to infectious disease hospitals in the 19th century during a population boom in the city. But in 1963 North Brother and its buildings were abandoned, falling into disrepair as nature reclaimed the island. Still off-limits to the public, Chris Payne’s five-year photographic project reveals a forgotten piece of New York history. The publisher has already sold out of the first printing, but a few remaining copies of the first edition will be available at HMA2!

“Christopher Payne was drawn to this place, an island hidden in plain sight, a forgotten place just ten minutes from New York City. He is a former architect, trained to design buildings. North Brother Island, he writes, is a lesson in how they fall apart…And fall apart they do, picturesquely and spectacularly. The images in Payne’s book, North Brother Island, take their place in a visual lineage of ruins: from Giovanni Piranesi’s 18th century engravings of Roman ruins, though photographs of Dresden after the Allied bombing, Hiroshima, and Robert Polidari’s photographs of post Katrina flood ravaged interiors. Although there are no bodies, disease and death haunts these empty and disintegrating buildings.” Adam Harrison Levy, Design Observer

Hosted by HMA2 with Superscript.

Coalhouse from Morgue Roof, North Brother Island, NY, NY

Coalhouse from Morgue Roof, North Brother Island, NY, NY. Photo: Christopher Payne

 

Highlights of “Towards A New Avant-Garde” at the Venice Biennale

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Towards a New Avant-Garde, Superscript’s three-part conversation series during the opening weekend of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition— La Biennale di Venezia, brought together 40 talented young architects, writers, critics, to debate issues of identity, collaboration, and economics. Over the course of three 90-minute conversations, several key themes emerged, including the need of architects to engage the public directly, the importance of evolving new forms of communication and criticism, and the value of capitalizing on opportunities to be proactive. Here’s a snapshot of what the participants had to say:

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Gearing up for our event in Venice!

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We are truly excited to have a stellar group of special guests for Towards a New Avant-Garde, our a three-part conversation series during the opening weekend of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition— La Biennale di Venezia. Here are the talented young architects, writers, eminent critics, and researchers who will join us this Sunday, June 8:

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PRESS RELEASE: First Look at Towards A New Avant-Garde, an event and installation at the Venice Biennale

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Towards a New Avant-Garde:
At the 2014 Venice Biennale, an event and installation bring together the newest generation of Italian architects to debate issues of identity, collaboration, and economics.

Venice, Italy, June 2014 – Towards a New Avant-Garde, a three-part conversation series during the opening weekend of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition— La Biennale di Venezia, brings together a new generation of Italian and international architects, confronting their motivations and work with the legacy of the radical architecture movement of the 60s and 70s. The series, taking place on Sunday, June 8, is complemented by a live-edited installation that reflects both the conversation on site and one happening simultaneously online. Produced by the New York-based consultancy Superscript, the discussions will feature a group of talented and thought-provoking young architects, bringing them face to face with practitioners from an older generation and an international group of critics and provocateurs.

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