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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.