Libertine launches cities and power issue

by Steve Watson in November 2013
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Last night Libertine continued its ongoing experiment to bring magazine content into the real world, with an evening of talks (and some fizzy wine) to celebrate the launch of its third issue, themed around cities and power. Held at BDP architects in Clerkenwell, it brought together a broad group of thinkers and supporters to discuss subjects that span out of the new issue.

I couldn’t make it along, but editor Debbi Evans has shared some pictures to help show what went down.

Libertine Rachel Armstrong

Cover star, architect and TED luminary Rachel Armstrong kicked things off with her own brand of black sky thinking, which she defines as, “seeking to unearth insights and clarity in unusual places.”

Libertine Leo Hollis

Next up was historian and urbanist Leo Hollis, who spoke about why cities are good for you. Apparently there’s evidence they make you more polite, and one of the biggest influences on reducing violent crime has been the removal of lead from petrol.

Libertine Odette Toilette

And olfactory fanatic Odette Toilette finished up with an exploration of the relationship between scent and the city. She reckons that DKNY perfume, passed around on strips, is the essence of a city scent (albeit not a particularly pleasant one).

I think it’s a great idea to make the magazine real like this – I’d love to have gone and seen it unfold for myself. Fingers crossed there will be more Libertine ‘experiences’ in the future…



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