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:
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 ideas-city.org.
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.