I am delighted to announce the New City Reader, a newspaper on architecture, public space and the city, published as part of the Last Newspaper, an exhibit running at the New Museum from 6 October 2010‒9 January 2011. Editorial work for the New City Reader will take place in the Museum gallery, starting at 11 tomorrow, October 5.
Produced as a collaboration between myself/the Netlab and Joseph Grima, the New City Reader will consist of one edition, published over the course of the project with a new section produced weekly by alternating guest editorial teams within the museum’s gallery space. These sections will be available free at the New Museum and—in emulation of a practice common in the nineteenth-century American city and still popular in parts of the world today—will be posted in public throughout the city for collective reading.
The New City Reader kicks off today with the City section, a massively detailed graphic produced by the Netlab recounting the 1977 New York City blackout and its effects on the failing city to reveal the interdependence of infrastructure, information, and social stability. If the challenges of that era map to the difficulties facing both the country and the city today, the New City Reader will inquire into these parallels.
Each issue of the New City Reader will be guest edited by a contributing network of architects, theorists, and research groups who will bring their particular expertise to bear on the sections.
You can also follow our tumbelog at newcityreader.tumblr.com.
– Joseph Grima
– Kazys Varnelis
ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR
– John Cantwell
– Brigette Borders
– Daniel Payne
– Pantea Tehrani
– Momo Araki
– Alexis Burson
– Leigha Dennis
– Kyle Hovenkotter
– David Benjamin & Livia Corona
– Program for Media & Modernity
– DJ N-RON & DJ/rupture
– Jeannie Kim & Hunter Tura
– Michael Meredith, MOS
– Frank Pasquale & Kevin Slavin
– School of Visual Arts D-Crit
– Robert Sumrell & Andrea Ching
– Geminidas & Nomeda Urbonas, Nugu with Saskia Sassen
– Eyal Weizman, Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London