Cities on the Edge: Michael Kimmelman – Architecture Critic of The New York Times

Sat 7 Jul 18, 7pm–8pm

Past program

NGV International

Great Hall
Ground Level

Booked out

Join Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic of The New York Times, for a talk about the challenges and opportunities facing cities around the world.

With more people living in cities than at any other time in history, we have become an urban species. But as cities continually expand, with populations in megacities expected to reach 100 million by 2050, there are intense challenges ahead.

Will cities rise to the occasion, or slip further into chaos? What are the glimmers of hope on the horizon, and what are the signs of grave danger?

Join us for an exploration of urban existence and the ingredients we need to mix correctly for cities to remain livable, tolerant and productive human ecosystems

Includes an opportunity to view MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art from 8–9.30pm.


Michael Kimmelman is the architecture critic of The New York Times. His work has often focused on urban affairs, public space, infrastructure and social equity as well as on new buildings and designs. Michael was the paper’s chief art critic; and, based in Berlin, created the Abroad column, covering cultural and political affairs across Europe and the Middle East. He has twice been a Pulitzer Prize finalist, most recently in 2018 for his series on climate change and global cities.


Ewan McEoin is the Hugh D.T Williamson Senior Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the NGV and is responsible for commissioning, collecting, and examining  the practice and potential of design and architecture. The department delivers a range of programs focused on the future capability and trajectory of design – including Melbourne Design Week each March.

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