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This cartoon is a collaboration for The New City Reader: A Newspaper of Public Space, a project created by the hyperactive and always brilliant (he’s a rather handsome guy too) director of the NetLab, Kazys Varnelis, and the also eminently able Joseph Grima, former director of the Storefront for Art and Architecture and current editor of Domus. The New City Reader is a performance-based editorial residency designed as as part of the Last Newspaper, an exhibit running at New York’s New Museum from 6 October 2010‒9 January 2011. It will consist of one edition, published over the course of the project with a new section (Editorial, International News, Business/Economy, Politics…) 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 permanent staff and list of impressive guest editorial teams can be found in Kazys Varnelis’s original launching announcement at Varnelis.net, which I have cannibalized to write this post.

A taste of the newspaper itself can be found in The Last Newspaper Blog, in its tumblr. Blog or in its Twitter account.

Some other information can be found in this entry at manystuff.org, and the original press release can be found here.

Kazys can be found in the cartoon.

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On a completely unrelated note, I’d like to recommend Aude-Line Duliere/Clara Wong’s Monsterpieces: A Retrospective of Retro-perspective, an exercise on un-learning architecture history with essays by Antoine Picon, Spyros Papapetros, Timothy Hyde, Monica Ponce de Leon, Jonathan Solomon. The book speculates on the future state of post-occupancy of contemporary architectural icons, creating a retrospective of future archeological studies.
It will be presented on Monday 25.10.2010 at 6.30pm in a Book launch, reception and discussion panel with Liam Young, Penelope Haralambidou, Oliver Domeisen and Ben Campkin at the AA Bookshop in London.
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Mohsen Mostafavi and Sanford Kwinter, “On Conjecture”: http://sorcerer.design.harvard.edu/gsdlectures/f2008/onconjecture2.mov

From the Archives of Trays: http://72.167.142.101/index.php (enhanced version)

Sanford Kwinter: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://farm1.static.flickr.com/180/417104691_6d9992cd00.jpg%3Fv%3D0&imgrefurl=http://flickr.com/photos/katriarchy/417104691/&usg=__W_xcxGKHH3APydPyO_HbPuWtMlE=&h=500&w=450&sz=220&hl=en&start=10&sig2=sCb08mmVDoIbr3qZS8Ot_w&um=1&tbnid=5ckGydVrHrkpwM:&tbnh=130&tbnw=117&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsanford%2Bkwinter%26hl%3Den%26um%3D1&ei=Lrk3SuqSAszMlQeU4JTpDQ

Mohsen Mostafavi: http://www.harvardclubofjapan.org//public_img/events/539w.jpg

and… Alan Altshuler: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/people/faculty/altshuler/images/idlarge.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/people/faculty/altshuler/pub.html&usg=__edvw35LM_WtnFbbJYLItknz3LQY=&h=216&w=252&sz=76&hl=en&start=4&sig2=V2OlMchuNX4xfEpdrVsAOw&um=1&tbnid=fVheIgsIMtMboM:&tbnh=95&tbnw=111&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dalan%2Baltshuler%26hl%3Den%26um%3D1&ei=Abo3SpyrCoOFlAfavMjpDQ

phairstyles 2-process

For those of you that wonder how these things are done, here you can have a hint of the process from pencils to finished cartoon. 1. On top:  Breakdowns/pencils on sketching paper. 2. Inks ontop of blue lines printed on a thicker paper. 3. Final drawing with grey halftones added with the computer.

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