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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.
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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.

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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?

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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!

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We’re honored that ADBC and the partners of Superscript (all alums of SVA’s Design Criticism MFA program), are profiled as “Conversation Starters” in the Newsmakers section of SVA’s 2012 Annual. Thanks, SVA! Read the story here.

 

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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.

Check back soon for news on ADBC #4! More 8/23 photos after the jump…

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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 

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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.

 

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Superscript invites you to the second meeting of ADBC, the Architecture and Design Book Club, with our special guest — Paola Antonelli.

On December 7, join Superscript and MoMA’s senior curator of architecture and design Paola Antonelli as we delve into the world of Philip K. Dick’s classic text, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  Most famously the basis for the 1982 film Blade Runner (and the vast majority of science fiction imagery from the last thirty years), this 1968 novel popularized the idea of the cyborg and has had a lasting effect on dreams and fears concerning technology in the public sphere.

Superscript will be hosting the second edition of ADBC in a venue fittingly celebratory of this post-apocalyptic narrative, and invites you to drop by and revisit this science fiction classic. We’ll have copies of the text available, but feel free to B.Y.O.Book!

Guest: Paola Antonelli

Text: Philip K Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Venue: 15 Union Square West

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Time:
7pm Introduction
7:15-8:15pm Discussion, Q&A

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Yesterday’s late afternoon thunder and lighting provided a very dramatic backdrop for the first installment of the Architecture and Design Book Club (ADBC), in which our special guest architecture critic Alexandra Lange led discussion on William H. Whyte’s the Social Life of Small Urban Spaces.

Superscript’s Molly Heintz kicked off the event, welcoming Alexandra who contextualized and introduced Whyte’s work. The lively Q&A that followed touched upon zoning, politics, public space, parks in NYC and the “special” status of the High Line. We had a great turnout, and guests included the Van Alen Institute’s Olympia Kazi, D-Crit’s Alice Twemlow, writer Mimi Zeiger, and Curry Stone design prize curator Chee Pearlman. Thanks to everyone who showed up — discussion was fantastic, and the High Line 23rd Street bleachers a perfect setting. Check out Paul Needham’s coverage of the event in the Huffington Post.

Stay tuned for details on ADBC#2 very soon… and some more pictures after the jump!

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