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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.

 

 

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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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Please Join Us Thurs, Nov 20 for a Conversation on Usonia Today

Detail of Frank Lloyd Wright's 1947 plan for Usonia, New York. Frank Lloyd wright Foundation.

Detail of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1947 plan for Usonia, New York. Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Please join us on November 20 for drinks and conversation with Roland Reisley, one of the founders of Usonia, NY, and the author of Usonia, New York: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright (Princeton Architectural Press).

Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s concept for modern American living, in 1947 a group of young families living in New York City established Usonia as a new cooperative community near Pleasantville, New York. Reisley and his wife Ronny commissioned Wright to design their house, where Reisley, now age 90, still lives today.

HMA2 hosts this rare opportunity to meet one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s clients and explore what the successes and challenges of Usonia can teach us about building sustainable communities today. HMA2’s Henry Myerberg, a recent member of the Usonia community, will join Reisley for an intimate conversation moderated by Superscript’s Kimberlie Birks, design journalist and writer for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Thursday, November 20, 6:30pm-8:30pm
HMA2 Architects, 1239 Broadway between 30th and 31st Sts., 16th Fl. PH 
6:45-7:00pm Presentation by Roland Reisley
7:00-7:45pm Conversation, Q&A
7:45pm-8:30pm Drinks reception

Please RSVP by November 17 to HMA2programs@gmail.com

Roland Reisley has been a member of Usonia Homes since 1950, and secretary, director, and de facto historian of the community for many years. He was a client of Frank Lloyd Wright in the design and construction of the Reisley House and the founding secretary and director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. He is an active photographer and the author of Usonia, New York: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001). Once a physicist, he is now retired.

Henry Myerberg, FAIA, is the founder of HMA2, an architectural firm launched in 1986. His firm creates engaging environments for libraries, schools, and colleges. Henry’s notable education projects include work for the American University of Central Asia, Bryn Mawr College, and Davidson College and library projects for the DC Public Libraries, the Library of Virginia and the New York City public schools.  Henry has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University and lecturer at Harvard University.

Kimberlie Birks is a New York-based art and design writer and a member of Superscript’s editorial team. Her writing has appeared in AbitareDomusAzureMetropolisDesign Bureau, and Architect’s Newspaper. She managed communications for the 2014 NYC environmental and public art campaign, The Water Tank Project, and most recently worked with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation on its website re-launch. She holds a BA in the History of Art from Brown University and an MFA in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where her thesis examined the importance of play and championed a new ludic urbanism.

Hosted by HMA2 with Superscript.

 

Living room of the Reisley House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Roland Reisley.

Living room of the Reisley House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Roland Reisley.

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