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Ideas City

IDEAS CITY is a biennial Festival in New York City that includes conferences, workshops, an innovative StreetFest around the Bowery, and more than one hundred independent projects and public events that are forums for exchanging ideas, proposing solutions, and accelerating creativity. For the most recent IDEAS CITY Festival, which took place in May 2013 and centered around the theme of Untapped Capital, participants focused on the resources that are under-recognized or underutilized in our cities. Two hundred and forty cultural partner organizations and sixty-five thousand visitors participated in the four Festival platforms:

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2013 IDEAS CITY StreetFest in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Photo: Benoit Pailley


The Conference is dedicated to the exploration of Untapped Capital. It will focus on four areas where Untapped Capital can be found and put to productive use: Ad Hoc Strategies, Waste, Play, and Youth. Each topic will be discussed, questioned, and analyzed by a moderated panel of experts and innovators. The Conference commences with a keynote address by Joi Ito and culminates with a VSP (very special panel) to be announced on

Click here to view a list of panelists who have participated in the IDEAS CITY Conference.


IDEAS CITY Workshops, organized by the New Museum and partner organizations, invite the public and select practitioners to engage in discussions and hands-on learning. This ranges from rethinking unused spaces in the city and considering how artists could provide vital consultation for commercial development, to building bicycle generators.


Artists, architects, poets, technologists, historians, community activists, entrepreneurs, and ecologists share their ideas of Untapped Capital and invite participants to actively shape their city. This innovative, minimal-waste event takes place around the Bowery and in Sara D. Roosevelt Park.


Tapping the energy and talent of the downtown community, hundreds of cultural, educational, and civic organizations present site-specific, collaborative and interactive projects, exhibitions, and performances that investigate new forms and concepts to engage the public. Many activities take place in public space.


IDEAS CITY: São Paulo, October 25–27, 2013

IDEAS CITY Festival New York, May 1–4, 2013

IDEAS CITY: New York, May 11, 12, 14 & 19, 2011

IDEAS CITY Festival: New York, May 4–8, 2011

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Founding Festival Director Lisa Phillips, New Museum
Founding Festival Co-Director Karen Wong, New Museum
Festival Manager Corinne Erni, New Museum
Director of Special Projects & Curator at Large Richard Flood, New Museum

Conference organizers Richard Flood, New Museum, Lisa Phillips, New Museum, Rosalie Genevro, The Architectural League

Conference coordinators Nick Marmor, Evie Tilney

StreetFest Manager Annie Wachnicki, New Museum
StreetFest Producer Q+A Events and Production / Jody Kuh
StreetFest Task Force Aimee Good, Drawing Center; Tamara Greenfield, Fourth Street Arts Block; Cassim Shepard, The Architectural League

Festival Website Manager Ayano Elson, New Museum
Festival Fellow Erika Anderson, New Museum
Festival Intern Sarah Brown, New Museum

Special thanks to the website designers at Kettle; the creative team at Anomaly; the designers NeoNeo; Lucas Borrás, Director, and Carlota Santamaria, Creative Director, IDEAS CITY 2013 promotional video; the PR team—Andrea Schwan, Gabriel Einsohn and Hyatt Mannix, Serious Business PR; our conference logistics team from Overland and; and The Standard Hotel.


View IDEAS CITY 2013 sponsors here.


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