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Friday 05/29/15 7PM-12AM


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Pitching the City and Late-Night Screening

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Hundreds of urban enthusiasts gathered at St. Patricks Cathedral for the inaugural Pitching the City in 2013

The invisible undercurrents of urban life will come alive throughout the Lower East Side and Little Italy as IDEAS CITY takes over a basilica and a former gym, ending just before the break of dawn.

Municipal Art Society and Architizer
Pitching the City
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
The Municipal Art Society and Architizer have teamed up for a second time to bring you Pitching the City 2015, IDEAS CITY Festival’s high-profile anchoring event that offers a platform for fresh urban ideas. Five innovative projects will be pitched to a live audience and esteemed panel featuring Majora Carter (StartUp Box), Shohei Shigematsu (OMA), Scott Anderson (Control Group), and Michelle Mullineaux (Blue State Digital). WNYC correspondent and event emcee Ilya Marritz (WNYC) will moderate feedback sessions after each pitch, and the event will culminate in a live audience poll for the favorite project. Help us identify the next best urban idea!

Projects to be pitched this year include Docklands Surf Park Melbourne, East River Skyway, Open Lobby, The Underline, and NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative.

The event is FREE but registration is required.

SCREENING: The Dent by Basim Magdy
9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Introduction by Lauren Cornell
The New Museum will screen the lush experimental film The Dent (2014) by Basim Magdy (b. 1977, Assiut, Egypt) on loop, from 9 p.m. until midnight. Shot in 16mm film across Europe, North America, and the Middle East, The Dent tells of a small town’s futile bid to host the Olympics, while considering how aspirations for progress are often thwarted by bad human behaviors: violence, fear, paranoia. With vivid scenes of local life—stadiums, construction sites, and parades—synced to a lilting, melodic score, The Dent has a universal feel, as if the “small town” could be any place, even somewhere in New York City.

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Categories: Architecture & Design

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