The New York Architecture + Design Book Club, created by Head Hi and the forthcoming design journal Untapped, is a quarterly gathering for readers and creative people that takes place at Head Hi’s Brooklyn bookstore. It is a lively program series where experts, authors and readers can expand their minds and build connections with each other while discussing a recent architecture and design publication during an interactive, thought-provoking event, which is free and open to the public (an R.S.V.P. is required).
At each gathering, the author will briefly present their book to a special guest, outlining its main topics and the process of bringing the publication to life. This introductory presentation will be followed by a conversation, open to all attendees and participants and led by the book club’s organizers, that encourages discussion and insights around the book’s content and design, and its connection to the broader architecture and design community. Ahead of each event, Untapped will publish a review of the featured book, written by a leading design critic.
JOIN + GET THE BOOKS
Our next New York Architecture + Design Book Club gathering will take place in May 2023.
Stay tuned for more details about the event and selected title.
Our first title for the New York Architecture + Design Book Club debut event was Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place (Yale University Press).
Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place surveys the last 10 years of Burks’s global workshop-based practice, alongside a new commission of speculative works exploring ideas concerning domesticity in the wake of global crises.
Through photo essays, essays, and conversations, the book contextualizes objects in a concurrent exhibition of the same name, on view through March 5 at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, and their underpinnings in Italian Radical Design and the New Bauhaus while charting a future for design that is more collaborative and community-driven. Beyond a portfolio of work, the book presents critical perspectives from contributors such as fellow practitioner Patricia Urquiola, design historian Glenn Adamson, and curators Beatrice Galilee, Monica Obniski, and Michelle Joan Wilkinson, as well as the late cultural critic bell hooks, whose voices ground Burks’s industrial design practice within larger conversations about race, craft, and society.
Developed in collaboration with Chicago-based graphic designers Normal Studio, this is a design book for reading!
The book centers the industrial design and craft collaborations within Burks’s workshop-based design practice and offers an opportunity to reflect on the potential of design at a time when racial, social, and environmental justice remain in jeopardy. Topics explored include an overview of the designer’s practice—from the foundational architecture culture of Chicago (Burks’s birthplace) to his latest speculative project—the workshop-based collaborative ethos of his studio, Stephen Burks Man Made, and the politics of design. There is also a conversation between bell hooks and Burks, in which hooks brings her critical eye to design as it relates to the broader field of African American cultural production.
OUR EVENT GUESTS
Chicago native, Stephen Burks is one of the most recognized American industrial designers of his generation. Independently and through association with various non-profits, he has worked as a product development consultant in close collaboration with artisans and craftspeople in over ten countries on six continents. Stephen and his Brooklyn-based studio have been commissioned by many of the world’s leading design-driven brands to develop collections that engage hand production as a strategy for innovation including Cappellini, Dedon, Mass Design Group, Missoni, & Roche Bobois. Stephen is the only African-American to win the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Product Design and the only industrial designer to be awarded the prestigious Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Christian Nyampeta is an artist, filmmaker and writer living in New York and working in the Netherlands and Rwanda. He organizes programs, exhibitions, screenings, performances, pedagogical experiments, and publications, which are conceived as hosting structures for collective feeling, cooperative thinking, and mutual action. Nyampeta’s recent activities include participating in the 58th Carnegie International. Nyampeta sits on the Board of Directors at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, and he is a board member of November Magazine, also in New York.
READ THE BOOK REVIEW
Ahead of each event, Untapped publishes a review of the featured book, written by a leading design critic. Read the book review on Shelter In Place by editor and journalist Francesca Perry here.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
Head Hi is an organization dedicated to art and design specializing in publications and cultural programming with an espresso bar located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn by the Navy Yard. We feature a curated selection of publications from around the globe. Working with local and international artists, designers, publishers, community members and organizations in various fields, Head Hi is a space for exploration and interaction that hosts talks, book launches, art shows, music performances and other events.
Untapped is a new design journal that looks back to look forward. It spotlights people who combine vital yet overlooked or ignored lessons from the past with new ideas, with the aim of improving our lives. Launching February 7, 2023, the inaugural issue’s thematic question, “Are things moving fast enough?”, will be answered by creative minds from across industries in the form of roundtable discussions, essays, profiles, and first-person narratives. Untapped is an editorially independent initiative of the design company Henrybuilt.
MANY THANKS TO OUR DRINK SPONSOR