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Please Join Us May 1 for ADBC #6: The Power Broker with Julie Iovine

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We hope to see you for the sixth meeting of ADBC, the Architecture and Design Book Club, with our special guest, Wall Street Journal columnist Julie Iovine.

Thursday, May 1, 6:30pm
HMA2 Studio, 1239 Broadway between 30th and 31st Sts, 16th Fl. PH
6:30pm Introduction
6:45-7:30pm Discussion, Q&A
7:30pm Drinks reception

“For once Moses came into possession of power, it began to perform its harsh alchemy on his character, altering its contours, eating away at some traits, allowing others to enlarge. The potential had always been there, like a darker shadow on the edge of the bright gold of his idealism. With each small increase in the amount of power he possessed, the dark element in his nature loomed larger.” Robert Caro, The Power Broker

On Thursday, May 1 at 6:30pm join Superscript and architecture writer and critic Julie Iovine for a discussion of The Power Broker by Robert Caro (1974), an epic account of the rise and fall of Robert Moses, the man who forged the cityscape of modern New York City.

The first in Superscript’s 2014 readings on the theme of “Power,” we’ll talk about Moses’ monumental public works and his growing influence over the decades, as well as draw comparisons with how the city is shaped by the power brokers of today.

Haven’t read all three inches of TPB cover to cover? Don’t worry! The discussion will focus on the following chapters:

(Part IV: The Use of Power)
13: Driving
14: Changing
(Part VI: The Lust for Power)
29: “And When the Last Law Was Down…”
30: Revenge
40: Point of No Return

Pick up a copy of the book at The Strand or at your branch of the New York Public Library. Or, just come to listen in and socialize in HMA2’s penthouse studio with master of the universe views. Special thanks to our event host, Henry Myerberg/HMA2.

About Julie Iovine
Architecture critic, editor and author Julie V. Iovine came to architecture through studying Ancient Greek and hanging out at the Yale Art & Architecture building in New Haven. Iovine spent over a decade as a reporter covering design and architecture for The New York Times, and then served as Executive Editor of the Architect’s Newspaper from 2007 until 2012. Currently, she writes the architecture critic’s column for The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of several books including Michael Graves; Louis Kahn’s Esherick House; and Modern Americana on mid-century regional furniture designers.

About ADBC
Produced by editorial consultancy Superscript, ADBC is a free and public book club. We invite anyone to drop in and join our informal conversations in different venues around the city.
Follow us at @superscriptco
www.superscript.co

 

Collage based on photo by Arnold Newman. New York, 1959.

Our New Website Launches this Month!

We’re excited to unveil Superscript’s new website later this month. Designed by Saundra Marcel, creative director of the New York office of Real Art, the site will feature the full range of our work to date, from writing and editing to research, strategy, and programming, with collaborators like Pentagram, MoMA, the Museum of Arts and Design, Designers & Books, and more. You’ll also find all the latest Superscript news and upcoming events (Psst…don’t miss our next ADBC meet-up. Join the mailing list here for an invite). Click here for a full preview.

Stay tuned…!

ADBC #5: Zola’s The Ladies’ Paradise @MAD April 4

Superscript invites you to the fifth meeting of ADBC, the Architecture and Design Book Club, with our special guest Stephanie Murg.

On Thursday, April 4 join Superscript and art and design writer Stephanie Murg for a discussion of The Ladies’ Paradise by Émile Zola (1883), a novel set amid the the rise of the modern department store in 19th century Paris.

Basing his fictional emporium on spectacular Parisian stores like Bon Marché, Zola describes experimentation with all types of marketing methods—advertising, fixed prices, and, most notably, the dazzling displays that lured customers in from the street, pulling them, floor after floor, through a sea of goods ranging from the exotic to the everyday. We’ll discuss design themes related to consumerism, the modern city, and the rise of the middle class.

The conversation will take place in the second floor galleries at MAD, amid the current exhibition After the Museum: The Home Front 2013, which includes a related installation by Superscript, On Display. The April 4 event is free and open to the public (on Thursdays evenings MAD admission is free/pay-what-you-wish).

Need a copy of the book? Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Oxford University Press, we have several copies of The Ladies’ Paradise (trans. Brian Nelson, 1995) available to give away to guests. Email us at hello@superscript.co to arrange pick up while supplies last!

Guest: Stephanie Murg is a writer whose interests lie at the nexus of art, design, fashion, and capital markets. She edits the design blog UnBeige, lectures widely on design history and visual culture, and has a background in research for JPMorganChase (London), Harvard Business School, and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her writing appears regularly in publications such as Wallpaper*ARTnews, Art+AuctionThe Architect’s Newspaper, and Smithsonian.

Text: Émile Zola’s The Ladies’ Paradise.

Venue: The Museum of Arts and Design, 2nd fl. galleries, 2 Columbus Circle

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013

Time:
6:30pm Introduction
6:45-7:30pm Discussion, Q&A
7:30pm Drinks reception

Produced by editorial consultancy Superscript, ADBC is a free and public book club. We invite anyone to drop in and join our informal conversations in different venues around the city.
Follow us at @superscriptco
www.superscript.co

Special thanks to:

ADBC #4: Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book @ P! February 20

Wednesday, February 20

A special ADBC at P!

334 Broome Street, NYC

6:30pm-8:30pm

Join us for a conversation about design themes in Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book as part of P!‘s “Six Months of Copying” program.

In The Black Book, Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk weaves multiple stories of the city Istanbul, past and present, into a dream-like mystery that questions how we construct identity and memory. We’ll be focusing on selected short excerpts with copies available for sharing at the event (i.e. don’t worry if you haven’t read the text in advance!):

Chapter 2 (“When the Bosphorus Dries Up”)

Chapter 11 (“We Lost Our Memories at the Movies,” second half)

Chapter 18 (“The Dark Air Shaft”)

Chapter 33 (“The Mysterious Paintings”)

“This book may be a love song to Istanbul and a subtle allegory of deconstruction, but, above all, it is a celebration of storytelling, an art increasingly rare in a world of gossip and faddism.”–Jonathan Beckman, The Observer

About P!
P! is a multidisciplinary exhibition space located in New York’s Chinatown. Read more about “Six Months of Copying” here. @p_exclamation

About ADBC
ADBC is an informal event held in public spaces in and around New York City. Through selected readings, both fiction and non-fiction, we discuss issues related to architecture and design. Everyone—experts and passers-by alike—is invited to drop by and join us for an hour of conversation, debate, and refreshments. ADBC is produced by the editorial consultancy Superscript. Sign up for our mailing list here or follow us @superscriptco for updates.

Save the Dates! SS Spring 2013 events


 

 

Superscript is pleased to announce a busy line-up of spring events–we hope you’ll join us! In addition to our quarterly ADBC meet-ups, we will be hosting a series of events in conjunction with a “live-edited” installation at the Museum of Art and Design’s 2013 Home Front Series. More details below…

ADBC: The Architecture and Design Book Club
ADBC is an informal event held in public spaces in and around New York City. Through selected readings, both fiction and non-fiction, we discuss issues related to architecture and design. Everyone—experts and passers-by alike—is invited to drop by and join us for an hour of conversation, debate, and refreshments. Sign up for our mailing list here or follow us @superscriptco for  updates. Our spring ADBC events include:

Wednesday, February 20: A special ADBC at P! (334 Broome Street, NYC), 6:30pm-8:30pm
Join us for a conversation about Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book as part of P!‘s “Six Months of Copying” program. P! is a multidisciplinary exhibition space located in New York’s Chinatown. Read more about the program here, and check back for further information on our selected excerpts of The Black Book and the evening’s special guests.

Thursday, April 4: ADBC at the Museum of Art and Design (2 Columbus Circle, NYC), 6:30pm
As part of MAD’s 2013 Home Front Series: After the Museum, Superscript will host an ADBC featuring Emile Zola’s The Ladies Paradise, the story of the rise of the department store in 19th century Paris, and the modern marketing techniques that evolved alongside it. The selection relates to Superscript’s installation and event series “On Display,” which is part of MAD’s Home Front Series, more information below. Zola excerpts and special guest speaker to be announced–stay tuned!

 

ON DISPLAY: Installation & events for 2013 Home Front Series @ Museum of Art and Design
Superscript + HAO + Neil Donnelly

What can a stool, a room of robots, and Columbus Circle tell us about the Museum of Art and Design? Continue reading

Superscript named 2012 “American Influencer”

Superscript is excited to be part of Surface magazine’s “2012 Portfolio of American Influence”! In a feature on contemporary influencers in Architecture Media, Surface editor Spencer Bailey talks to Molly Heintz about Superscript’s Architecture and Design Book Club (ADBC). Check out a PDF of the feature in the November/December 2012 issue of Surface by clicking here, and subscribe to the ADBC mailing list here! Continue reading

Join us for ADBC #3 on August 23: Mark Lamster on W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz

Superscript invites you to the third meeting of ADBC, the Architecture and Design Book Club, with our special guest Mark Lamster.

On Thursday, August 23 join Superscript and author Mark Lamster for a discussion of W.G. Sebald’s text Austerlitz (2001), the story of an architectural historian in post-WWII Europe who finds the keys to his mysterious childhood memories through buildings, objects, and the urban landscape. “[Sebald] is an addiction and once buttonholed by his books, you have neither the wish nor the will to tear yourself away.”–Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

Superscript will be hosting the third edition of ADBC in the storefront lounge of WeWork’s landmarked building in Soho. We’ll have copies of the text available, but feel free to B.Y.O. Book! We also have several copies of Austerlitz available to giveaway to guests, courtesy of Random House. Be one of the first three to email a suggested reading for our next book club to hello@superscript.co, and you’ll receive a free copy of Austerlitz in advance of August 23 (copies available as of August 14).

Guest: Mark Lamster, author, Design Observer columnist, and Associate American Editor of The Architectural Review.

Text: W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz

Venue: The Lounge at WeWork Soho, 154 Grand Street @ Lafayette Street

Date: Thursday, August 23, 2012

Time:
6:30pm Introduction
6:45-7:30pm Discussion, Q&A
7:30pm Drinks reception

ADBC is a free and public book club. We invite anyone to drop in and join our informal conversations in different venues around the city.

Special thanks to:
Random House
wework 

Coming soon, ADBC #3: W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz with special guest Mark Lamster

Date and location to be announced soon, but get started on Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald, the subject of ADBC’s next meet-up. Joining us to lead the discussion will be author Mark Lamster, a contributor to Design Observer and author of Master of Shadows as well as a forthcoming biography of the architect Philip Johnson.

To be added to our ADBC mailing list, please send your name and email to hello@superscript.co, and follow us @superscriptco for updates!

ADBC, the Architecture and Design Book Club, is an informal event held in public spaces in and around New York City. With book selections ranging from Edith Wharton to science fiction, we focus on how design figures into and suggests new readings of a text. Each meeting features a leading thinker/critic as a special guest discussant. We invite everyone—experts and passers-by alike—to drop by and join us for an hour of conversation and debate.