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Future City Speed-Dating Workshop by W.I.R.E.

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Copresented by the City of Zurich, University of Zurich, and IDEAS CITY

W.I.R.E., a Zurich-based think tank, and the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY join forces to explore topics challenging our urban centers in a unique, high-energy, speed-dating workshop with thought leaders from a variety of sectors including urbanism, education, government, business, art, architecture, design, technology, science, and community organizing. The event is part of the Zurich Meets New York Festival as well as the “Curating the Future” project of W.I.R.E. and the City of Zurich. The Speed-Dating Workshop is copresented by the City of Zurich, the University of Zurich, and IDEAS CITY. The Mayor of Zurich and the President of the University of Zurich will be in attendance.

IDEAS CITY explores the future of cities around the globe with the belief that arts and culture are essential to the vitality of urban centers, making them better places to live, work, and create. Founded by the New Museum in 2011, IDEAS CITY is a major collaborative initiative between hundreds of arts, education, and civic organizations. It provides an important platform for artists, architects, designers, urban planners, cultural critics, sociologists, technologists, and community leaders to exchange ideas, locate problems, propose solutions, and engage the public’s participation. ideas-city.org

W.I.R.E. is an independent think tank based in Switzerland, which analyses global developments in the fields of business, society, and the life sciences. The focus of their work is on the interfaces between markets and technologies, as well as between social and political trends. The aim is to critically examine established points of view, to create transparency, and to develop new concepts and ideas through publications and international events. On the basis of an interdisciplinary research approach, W.I.R.E. acts as a laboratory for the exchange of ideas and information between theory and practice, and as a platform for new networks between players from business, society, research and politics. thewire.ch

Zurich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity, May 16–23, 2014, highlights the contemporary relevance of visionary movements and ideas born in Zurich and their impact on American culture. Building on the upcoming centennial of the Dada movement and Zurich’s role as a twenty-first-century hub for artistic and scientific innovation, the festival features twenty-five events at venues across the city, and is presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, the City of Zurich, ETH Zurich, and the University of Zurich. zurichmeetsnewyork.org

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