Capital Knowledge: IDEAS City Festival Touches Down in NYC Capital Knowledge: IDEAS City Festival Touches Down in NYC

Capital Knowledge: IDEAS City Festival Touches Down in NYC

by Laura Feinstein

May 9, 2013

Taking place throughout downtown NYC, IDEAS City’s main base will be at the New Museum on the Bowery, where events like artist-led workshops by Burak Arikan and Nicolas Paris will focus, respectively, on networking as a medium for special mapping (Arikan), and architecture as a model, education as a system, and drawing as a tool (Paris).

One particular event we’re curious about is Pitching The City: New Ideas for New York. Featuring some of the most recognizable names in New York media and politics, the event is co-hosted by the Municipal Art Society and “Facebook for architects” Architizer, and hopes to offer a platform for fresh ideas that use New York’s untapped capital in new and inventive ways. The founders of LowLine, +Pool, New Lab NYFi, and the Hudson River Powerhouse will have the chance to pitch their ideas (in front of an audience of real New Yorkers) to a jury that includes’s Nick Denton, NY1’s Pat Kiernan, Nazli Parvizi of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, Christopher Sharples of SHoP Architects, Megan Sheekey of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and designer Yeohlee Teng. To further illustrate the remarkable democratization of this bid to mold NYC, at the end audience members will be asked to vote with their mobile devices on their favorite project. The winner will then receive editorial assistance in launching a campaign, as well as the opportunity to present their proposal at the annual MAS Summit for New York City in October.

In all, the conference promises to be an exciting opportunity to witness collective action and conceptualization in real time. Regardless of any genuine outcomes that may emerge from panels and workshops, IDEAS City promises to be an illuminating and thought provoking four days.

IDEAS City Conference May 1 - 4 at the New Museum, 235 Bowery New York, NY; In partnership with The Architectural League of New York, Bowery Poetry Club, Cooper Union, The Drawing Center, NYU Wagner, and the Storefront for Art and Architecture

Images courtesy of IDEAS City/New Museum

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Capital Knowledge: IDEAS City Festival Touches Down in NYC