The inaugural IDEAS CITY Global Conference was held in Istanbul in October 2012, exploring the topic of Untapped Capital.
View from SALT Galata
The four-day conference, organized by the New Museum in conjunction with the first Istanbul Design Biennial and the Audi Urban Future Initiative, kicked off on October 11 with a keynote by Amanda M. Burden, Commissioner of the New York City Department of City Planning (read more about her introduction here). It was followed by panels on October 12, featuring artists Pedro Reyes and Burak Arıkan, Yancey Strickler (Cofounder, Kickstarter), Marc Kushner (Architect; Cofounder, Architizer), Selva Gürdoğan (Architect; Cofounder, Superpool), urban blogger Yaşar A. Adanalı (read his Six Degrees blog post here), and author Suketu Mehta, among others. On October 14, the workshop session IDEAS CITY: Istanbul World Café, organized in collaboration with SALT, a cultural and research center, hosted some fifty local practitioners, including architects Cem Kozar and Ömer Kanıpak, artists Ahmet Öğüt, Metehan Özcan, and Gülsün Karamustafa, urban photographer Ali Taptık, author and sociologist Eda Yücesoy, and Gila Benmayor (Hürriyet Columnist), among others (read more about the event here). The conference concluded with a panel on October 19, featuring Ligia Nobre (Co-curator, São Paulo International Architecture Biennial 2013; Codirector and Curator, SP Lab/Studio X GSAPP Columbia University, São Paulo) and Mark Wigley (Dean, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University), among others.
View the complete IDEAS CITY: Istanbul program here.
The next IDEAS CITY Global Conferences are planned for São Paulo, Brazil, (in October 2013) and Delhi, India.
Like the IDEAS CITY Festival in New York, the Global Conferences are dedicated to the proposition that arts and culture are essential to the quality of life in the cities of the future. The Global Conferences also expand the network of thought leaders worldwide and serve as the foundation for identifying urgent issues to develop during the subsequent New York Festival.