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Oculus Book Talk: Szenasy, Design Advocate
When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Where: At The Center
Susan S. Szenasy, Hon. AIANY, longtime Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Metropolis magazine and metropolismag.com, will be engaging in a conversation with John Hockenberry, journalist and author. This program is part of an ongoing series of national conversations exploring issues of design advocacy and ethics while celebrating Szenasy, Design Advocate.
Szenasy, Design Advocate, is a collection of writings and talks from the past 30 years, released by Metropolis Books and distributed by ARTBOOK | D.A.P. This volume – the first published collection of Szenasy’s writings – brings together editorials, reviews, stories, profiles, industry event presentations, classroom lectures, commencement addresses and more.
Susan S. Szenasy is publisher/editor in chief of Metropolis, the award-winning New York City–based magazine of architecture, design and culture. Since 1986, she has led the magazine in landmark design journalism, achieving international recognition. A respected authority on sustainability and design, she served two terms on the boards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and the Landscape Architecture Foundation, the FIT Interior Design board, and the NYC Center for Architecture Advisory Board.
She has received two IIDA Presidential Commendations, is an honorary member of the ASLA and AIANY, and the 2008 recipient of the ASID Patron’s Prize and Presidential Commendation. Along with Metropolis magazine founding publisher Horace Havemeyer III, Szenasy received the 2007 Civitas August Heckscher Award for Community Service and Excellence. Szenasy was also the recipient of the 2014 Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award from the AIA New York Chapter. She holds an MA from Rutgers University and honorary doctorates from the Art Center College of Design, Kendall College of Art and Design, the New York School of Interior Design, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
John Hockenberry, journalist and author, is a four-time Emmy Award winner and three-time Peabody Award winner. He has written for publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and Wired. Since 2008, he has been host of The Takeaway, a morning news program co-produced by PRI and WNYC Radio. His books include Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence and A River Out of Eden.
Each month, the AIANY Oculus Committee presents a Book Talk at the Center for Architecture. Each Oculus Book Talk highlights a recent publication on architecture, design, or the built environment — presented by the author. The Book Talks are a forum for dialogue and discussion, and copies of the publications are available for sale and signing.
2014 Book Talk Series
Monday, January 13, 2014: Alexandros Washburn, The Nature of Urban Design
Wednesday, February 5, 2014: Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre, How to Study Public Life
Tuesday, March 11, 2014: Jean-Louis Cohen, Architecture in Uniform
Monday, April 7, 2014: Charles Montgomery, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design
Monday, May 12, 2014: Francoise Bollack and Kenneth Frampton, Old Buildings, New Forms
Monday, June 9, 2014: Hillary Brown, Next Generation Infrastructure
Tuesday, July 1, 2014: Mark Wigley and Michael Bell, Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering
Monday, August 11, 2014: John Massengale, Street Design
Wednesday, September 3, 2014: Susan Szenasy, Szenasy, Design Advocate
Monday, October 6, 2014: Casablanca Chandigarh: A Report on Modernization