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Parsons Presents The U.S. Launch Of Alphabet City’s “Water”

Parsons The New School for Design will be presenting the U.S. launch of Alphabet City’s latest publication, Water. Co-published by the MIT Press, each volume of the Alphabet City series invites writers and artists to address a single theme and from many perspectives, revealing its processes and possibilities.

On November 12, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Robert Kirkbride, Parsons Interim Product Design director and John Knechtel, Alphabet City director will host a reading featuring contributors Mei Chin, recipient of the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writer Award from the James Beard Foundation; Melissa Grey, composer; and Bhawani Venkataraman, associate professor of interdisciplinary science at Eugene Lang College.

Water tackles how this vital resource—a transportation conduit, industrial feedstock, and agricultural necessity—is coming under new pressures from the nano (migration of pharmaceutical molecules into the system) to the macro (dwindling supplies due to a ballooning global population and climate change).

The reading kicks off a 24-hour Infrastructure Slam, which brings together students from across the university to work in interdisciplinary teams to brainstorm solutions to issues threatening local, regional, and global infrastructures. The results of the slam will be exhibited at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center through November 22.