There’s No One There / Man-Made Lands

[Image: Art by Joe Alterio].

New Yorkers, stop by Studio-X NYC tonight, Wednesday, May 23rd, at 7pm for free drinks and the launch of Man-Made Lands, “a collection of seven stories and five real architectural and landscape proposals for cities around the world,” the first chapbook from Ninth Letter.

The chapbook, guest-edited by Scott Geiger and including work by Bjarke Ingels Group, James Corner Field Operations, Steven Holl, Will Wiles, and many others, explores, in Geiger’s words, “marbled boundaries: between cities and nature; between the infinity of the digital and the analog of every day life; between the past and our present, our present and many possible futures; between fictions we envision and the facts that we construct to transform lives.”

Geiger will also be interviewing contributors Seth Fried, Dong-Ping Wong, Archie Lee Coates, and Joe Alterio in a live conversation about the book, about the influence of fiction on architectural design (and vice versa), and on some speculative future possibilities for urban design here in New York.

[Image: The +Pool, featured in Man-Made Lands].

Even better, we’ll also be kicking off a small exhibition of new work by Joe Alterio, who some of you might recognize from, among other things, his work in The BLDGBLOG Book, where he and I collaborated on two graphic storyboards featured in the book’s inside covers. Tonight, Joe will be premiering several gorgeously screen-printed new posters, called “There’s No One There,” originally commissioned for Ninth Letter, as they go on display at Studio-X NYC.

Meet Joe, say hey to Scott, pick up a copy of Man-Made Lands, and enjoy our Manhattan views from the 16th floor at 180 Varick Street, Suite 1610; here’s a map. Hope to see you at 7pm!

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