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Szenasy, Design Advocate

Writings and Talks by Metropolis Magazine Editor Susan S. Szenasy

Edited by Ann S. Hudner, Akiko Busch. Foreword by John Hockenberry. Preface by Ann S. Hudner. Introduction by Akiko Busch.

Featured portrait of Susan S. Szenasy is reproduced from <I>Szenasy, Design Advocate</I>For more than 30 years, Susan S. Szenasy’s voice has resonated as an editor-in-chief, writer, teacher, moderator, filmmaker and lecturer. In all of these roles, her advocacy for ethical, sustainable, human-centered design has been her guiding light. Known for decades as the editor-in-chief (and now publisher) of Metropolis magazine, one of the most influential design magazines in the world, Szenasy has led the charge on issues ranging from universal design to emerging trends of consumer excess, from design for disassembly to the recovery of Lower Manhattan’s communities after 9/11, from design education to the social and environmental impacts of the buildings and products we manufacture. 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. Szenasy’s honest, thought-provoking and often challenging opinions are present in all of these pieces. So, too, is her ongoing commitment to informed dialogue, which has influenced and guided generations of design professionals, architects, journalists, retailers, manufacturers, legislators, educators and the next generation of designers.

Featured portrait of Susan S. Szenasy is reproduced from Szenasy, Design Advocate

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Communication Arts

Natalia Illyn

Unlike some collections of major design figures' work, SZENASY DESIGN ADVOCATE is neither a self-aggrandizing ramble into the minutiae of what often turns out to be a fairly ordinary life, nor is it a lavish portfolio review that serves to remind us that the person in question soars far above us in the star system that is contemporary design. Susan Szenasy does not make design. You'll rarely see a picture of her in the design press. But she has affected you in ways you may not realise.

Oculus

Annie Coggan

The book is a series of essays derived from Szenasy’s career. It is peppered with testimonials from peers that are often puffy self-testimonials of the writers’ contributions to Szenasy’s work. The resulting tone is strange. Too often, I felt the essays were perhaps too truncated or edited, particularly those derived from Szenasy’s editor’s letters in Metropolis. I enjoyed the photo essays and the collection of favorite Metropolis covers. These lend a balance to the text and establish that we are talking about the culture that Metropolis magazine has created through decades of powerful impact on the built environment. Hockenberry’s and Akiko Busch’s essays carry the poetic yet practical tone of the book, and when Szenasy speaks her mind, the level of clarity is breathtaking. The book is a celebration and homage to Szenasy’s life work at Metropolis and advocacy for design. I wondered if it was a signal of the closing of a chapter for her. The impression that I got from Szenasy’s feisty stance at the talk (Frank Gehry’s titanium façades: “He should know better”), her opinion that a client needs to be responsible for the social contract with the public when building, and her emotional plea for the public to demand design for end-of-life issues all lead me to believe that we will have much more of our “mother of the city” in Szenasy, which, conveniently, is the definition of “metropolis.

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“Susan is a force to be reckoned with.” —ROGER MANDLE

“Susan is the only one, among the major design editors, who has unabashedly made her magazine a forum for tackling grand challenges. What she chooses to publish in each issue cross-pollinates across all of the different design criteria—aesthetic, social, environmental.” —ANNA DYSON

Susan has an incredible way of supporting a singular design vision by sharing the creative journey, not just celebrating the shiny outcome. I think many other architects and urban thinkers would agree that Susan has inspired us with her insistence that architecture is more than buildings and form it is about people. —KATE LYDON

Susan channels her efforts toward making the debate around sustainability and universal design more constructive, and challenging people to take it further. —JOHN HOCKENBERRY

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Susan S. Szenasy and John Hockenberry to Speak at the AIA Center for Architecture

Susan S. Szenasy and John Hockenberry to Speak at the AIA Center for Architecture

Next Wednesday, September 3, Susan S. Szenasy, longtime Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Metropolis, magazine, editor of metropolismag.com and author of Szenasy, Design Advocate, will appear at the AIA New York Center for Architecture in conversation with journalist and author John Hockenberry, who contributes the book's Foreword.
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Metropolis Live! Susan S. Szenasy to Speak in Boston

Metropolis Live! Susan S. Szenasy to Speak in Boston

Monday, April 14: The Boston Architectural College and Design Museum Boston present Metropolis Live!, a conversation with Susan S. Szenasy, longtime Editor in Chief and new Publisher of Metropolis magazine and metropolismag.com. This event is part of a series of national conversations exploring issues of design advocacy and ethics while celebrating Szenasy, Design Advocate, published by Metropolis Books.
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