Best Reads of the Week

Art, Design and Architecture Reads From Around the World

This week, we read about the future of cities and academic approaches to urbanism, the promising Applied Design exhibition at MoMA, and two gripping Retrospectives that opened on February 20,  in Paris’s Centre Pompidou and in London’s Tate Modern.

How Will Our Future Cities Look?
By Jane Wakefield, BBC
Greenification, technology and crowd-sourcing are discussed as the three major themes or solutions for the cities of the future.

Learning to Read the Contemporary City
By Andrew Wade, Urban Omnibus
On academic approaches to urbanism and how cross-cultural comparison and direct observation can help students understand the different elements at work in the field.

Pac-Man at MoMA: It’s No Game
By Ermanno Rivetti, The Art Newspaper
Senior curator of architecture and design, Paola Antonelli, discusses her views on design’s position in today’s art-world. The exhibition Applied Design will feature at New York’s MoMA from tomorrow until January 31 2014.

Eileen Gray Freed From Seclusion
By Alice Rawsthorn, The New York Times
On the misperceptions of Gray’s life and work, which ‘the Pompidou retrospective goes a long way toward correcting’. Until May 20.

Lichtenstein: A Retrospective – Review
By Laura Cumming, The Guardian
On Tate Modern’s homage to Roy Lichtenstein’s work, which will run through May 27.

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