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DECEMBER 04. PASSIVE HOUSE CONSTRUCTION. Prominent NY City Architect Chris Benedict, R.A., will explain Passive House construction standards and the principles of super insulation, tight building and apartment construction and heat recapture/exchange. Passive House construction may be accomplished at the same costs as general construction methods and save from 70% to 90% of standard energy usage. Time: 9:30 am- 12:30 pm. Location: 50 Broad Street, Suite 1125, NYC 10004 DECEMBER 11. SITE VISIT/FIELD TRIP TO A (GREEN) PASSIVE HOUSE CONSTRUCTION SITE. NY City Architect Chris Benedict, R.A., will walk us through the construction site of the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen Council’s 100% affordable housing development and explain the construc-tion process in keeping with Passive House standards. We will also get a chance to understand up-close all the building systems, proper installation, maintenance & repair, including the Passive House (Green) aspects of the building envelope, mechanical, electrical, heating and heat recapture & redistribution, cooling and plumbing systems, orientation, etc. Please note new class time and location. This class will meet promptly at 10:45am at the site: 803 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn.
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Humans have domesticated plant and animals for agriculture for thousands of years. What is less well-known is that plants have also had a significant effect on human biology and evolution. Join anthropologist Fatimah Jackson to discuss the fascinating story of co-evolution between plants and humans. Learn how the new field of epigenetics is helping us understand how the interaction of plants and people over time has altered the course of human history.
The thoughtful and penetrating book critic and literary interviewer John Freeman reads from his new release How to Read a Novelist, which pulls together his very best profiles of the leading novelists of our time (many of them new or rewritten for this volume), sharing with us what he’s learned from such international stars as Salman Rushdie, Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, John Updike, David Foster Wallace, Amy Tan, Edwidge Danticat and Jonathan Franzen. He will be joined in conversation by novelist Jennifer Egan. Freeman, former president of the National Book Critics Circle and until recently editor of Granta, is one of the most significant voices on the literary scene today.
“First, entertain;” “I hardly rewrite at all;” and “I really don’t know where the voices are coming from,” are just some of the gems from the world’s best novelists and poets to be shared by John Freeman during an upcoming reading from his new book, How to Read a Novelist, on Wednesday December 4, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street, Manhattan. Drawn from the award-winning book critic’s collection of interviews with and reflections on prominent writers, Freeman’s new book offers insightful, perceptive, and empathetic scrutiny of such authors as Toni Morrison, Jonathan Safran Foer, E.L. Doctorow, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Haruki Murakami and, among others, A.S. Byatt. Through encounters with some of the most gifted writers of our time, Freeman explores with them their craft and their calling, their work habits and the little eccentricities of their lives, and triumphantly verifies that the art of the novel and the role of the novelist could not be more vital to our culture, commitments and self-knowledge. Notable among the writers in his book is leading novelist, essayist and pioneer of gay literature Edmund White, who will pick up on Freeman’s reading as they discuss the implications of Freeman’s book and its meaning for novelists and readers everywhere.
Chris Johnson will introduce the Question Bridge concept and video installation project, first created in 1996 for the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts. Chris will speak about both its origins and how it evolved into the current version that opened at the Sundance Film Festival last year and is touring major museums across the country.