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First Person: Celebrating Bronx Faces & Voices Feb 2!


Boy on Wall with Popeye Graffiti, 1980. Photograph by Walter Rosenblum.

Boy on Wall with Popeye Graffiti, 1980. Photograph by Walter Rosenblum.

Please join us on February 2 for a reading and conversation on Bronx Faces & Voices.

Monday, Feb 2, 6:30pm-8:30pm
HMA2 Architects, 1239 Broadway btwn 30th and 31st Sts., 16th Fl. PH

RSVP to programs@superscript.co

“[Bronx Faces & Voices] should be required reading for anyone interested in New York City or American history in the middle decades of the twentieth century.” Kenneth T. Jackson,  Columbia University

Edited by Emita Hill and Janet Munch, Bronx Faces & Voices presents the personal, uncensored stories of sixteen borough residents, an eclectic group of men and women who lived through a period of dramatic change in their urban environment.

These accounts, accompanied by the striking photography of Walter Rosenblum and Georgeen Comerford, chronicle the Bronx before, during, and after the troubled years of the ’70s and ’80s. Read about Bronx Faces & Voices in The New York Times (January 9, 2015).

The evening celebrates the publication of the book through readings presented by ID Studio Theater followed by a conversation on the Bronx then and now between the authors and award-winning documentarian Nina Rosenblum, moderated by writer and producer Adam Harrison Levy.

The event is part of First Person, a new conversation series produced by HMA2 + Superscript that features personal narratives about design and urban environments.





Monday, Feb 2, 6:30pm-8:30pm

HMA2 Architects, 1239 Broadway btwn 30th and 31st Sts., 16th Fl. PH

6:30-6:45pm Readings presented by ID Studio Theater
6:45-7:30pm Conversation, Q&A
Drinks reception following.

Please RSVP by January 28 to programs@superscript.co





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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


ADBC #3: Austerlitz and Architecture

On Thursday, August 23 Superscript welcomed guests to the third meeting of the Architecture and Design Book Club (ADBC) for a conversation about design themes in Austerlitz, the 2001 novel by W.G. Sebald. Special guest Mark Lamster led the discussion, which was hosted in The Lounge of WeWork Soho’s landmarked building.

The lively convo covered topics from the relationship between memory and  buildings to the role of photographs in fiction. Among the crowd were Iben Falconer of the architecture firm BIG, Curry Stone Prize curator Chee Pearlman, Project Projects partner Prem Krishnamurthy, SVA DCrit chair Alice Twemlow, and writer/producer Adam Harrison Levy. A big thanks to everyone involved and congratulations to our four winners (Leon Ransmeier, Jonathan Lerner, Alta Price, and Chee Pearlman) who, courtesy of Ella Maslin at Random House, each scored a complimentary copy of Austerlitz by suggesting great titles for future ADBC readings!

Special thanks to Avital Gottesman and Thanh Nguyen at WeWork for providing our cool storefront venue.

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