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Michael Kimmelman

New York (United States of America)


Michael Kimmelman

Essayist and journalist

An essayist and journalist, Michael Kimmelman is the architecture critic for The New York Timeswhere he fortnightly writes articles focused on urbanism, public space, housing, design, and new architecture. In 2007, he moved to Berlin where he embarked on a stage as a correspondent writing the column “Abroad”, a section in which he covered political, social and cultural affairs in Europe and the Middle East. After returning to New York, he has contributed towards encouraging debate on urbanism and architecture and, in particular, about the uses of public spaces, changes in the urban fabric, preservation of old buildings and the impact of climate change in present-day cities. 

Apart from his work as a journalist, he has written several books on architecture, among them City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares around the World (Harper Collins, 2016), and The Olympic City (Versions Publishing, 2013). His latest journalistic project for The New York Times has been the series of articles “Changing Climate, Changing Cities”, in which he has analysed the urban effects of climate change in such different cities as Jakarta, Mexico City and Rotterdam. He is also a faculty member of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where he teaches a master's program in architecture and urban design. 

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    "The Great Empty"

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    • Interviews

    «Public space is a place to play out who we are as a society»

    Kimmelman draws attention to the symbolic nature of public space and emphasises the importance of ordinary spaces which are often unappreciated even though they are a true magnet attracting community life.

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    The Cities We Need

    With the threat of climate change and the exponential growth of cities, Michael Kimmelman, art and architecture critic of The New York Times, calls for a twenty-first-century model of the city that is more responsible with its environs and towards the people who inhabit it.