The New City Reader
The New City Reader is 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 to 9 January 2011. The format of the New City Reader is inspired by the dazibao, the Chinese practice of affixing newspapers in public space for them to be read collectively. Editorial work for the New City Reader took place in a purpose-designed office in the New Museum gallery in full public view.
Produced as a collaboration between Joseph Grima and Kazys Varnelis/Columbia University NetLab, the New City Reader consisted of 14 weekly editions guest-edited by a contributing network of architects, theorists, and research groups. Each issue addressed a single section of a typical newspaper (such as Sports, Finance or Obituaries). The sections were available for free at the New Museum and—in emulation of a practice also common in the 19th-century American city before newspapers became cheap and abundant—were posted in public throughout the city for collective reading. A second edition of the New City Reader was published in Istanbul to coincide with the first edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial.