For the last IDEAS CITY Festival, which took place May 1-4, 2013, and centered on 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:
2013 IDEAS CITY StreetFest in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Photo: Benoit Pailley
The Conference was dedicated to the exploration of Untapped Capital. It focused on four areas where Untapped Capital can be found and put to productive use: Ad Hoc Strategies, Waste, Play, and Youth. Each topic was discussed, questioned, and analyzed by a moderated panel of experts and innovators. The Conference commenced with a keynote address by Joi Ito and culminated with a Mayoral Panel.
A dozen IDEAS CITY Workshops, organized by the New Museum and partner organizations, invited the public to engage in discussions and hands-on learning. Workshop topics ranged from rethinking unused spaces in the city to considering how artists can provide vital consultation for commercial development to building bicycle generators.
Artists, architects, poets, technologists, historians, community activists, entrepreneurs, and ecologists shared their ideas of Untapped Capital and invited participants to actively shape their city. This innovative, minimal-waste event took 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 presented site-specific, collaborative, and interactive projects, exhibitions, and performances that investigated new forms and concepts to engage the public. Many activities took place in public space.