IDEAS CITY: Istanbul
October 11, 12, 14, and 19, 2012
IDEAS CITY: Istanbul will be a three-day conference featuring a series of workshops organized by the New Museum, in conjunction with the first Istanbul Design Biennial and the Audi Urban Future Initiative (AUFI) Awards.
The conference will be a primary resource for identifying key issues around this year’s overarching festival theme of Untapped Capital, while further developing an active network of international colleagues.
IDEAS CITY: Istanbul will kick off the three-day conference with a keynote by Amanda M. Burden, New York City Planning Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Planning Commission.
On October 12
the first discussion“Structures and Networks” will include panelists Burak Arıkan (Artist), Aslı Aydıntaşbas (Columnist, Milliyet), Adam Greenfield (Founder and Managing Director, Urbanscale), Yancey Strickler (Cofounder, Kickstarter), and Anthony Townsend (Research Director, Institute for the Future). The panel will be moderated by Marc Kushner (Architect; Cofounder, Architizer). The second discussion,“Collaboration and Exchange,” will include panelists Yaşar A. Adanalı (Urban blogger: Mutlukent (Happy City) andReclaim Istanbul), Rupali Gupte (Founding Member, Collective Research Initiatives Trust), Selva Gürdoğan (Architect; Cofounder, Superpool), and Suketu Mehta (Author; Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University). Artist Pedro Reyes will moderate.
On October 14
the workshop session IDEAS CITY: Istanbul World Café, organized in collaboration with SALT, an Istanbul-based organization that explores critical and timely issues in visual and material culture, will explore the themes discussed at the panels with regional students and practitioners. Participants will include architects Ömer Kanıpak (Professor, Istanbul Technical University), Yelta Köm (Cofounder of IPWT—In Public/ Projects/Publicity/Party etc. We Trust), and artists Ahmet Öğüt, Metehan Özcan, and İz Öztat, in addition to Merve Arkunlar (Editor, Timeout Istanbul), among others.
On October 19
the event will conclude with a panel discussion “The Ten Commandments: What Ten Considerations Do Architects Need to Embrace for the Urban Future?” The discussion will include panelists Christian Gärtner (Curator and Board Member, Stylepark AG), Ligia Nobre (Codirector and Curator, SP Lab/Studio X GSAPP Columbia University, São Paulo), Mi You (Curator and Writer), and will be moderated by Richard Flood (Director of Special Projects and Curator at Large, New Museum) and Mark Wigley (Dean, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University).
IDEAS CITY: Istanbul is the festival’s first international satellite event. Additional international programs are planned for São Paulo, Brazil, and Delhi, India in subsequent years.
Formerly known as the Festival of Ideas for the New City, IDEAS CITY was founded by the New Museum as a major collaboration between dozens of downtown arts, education, and community organizations to harness the power of the creative community and imagine our collective future. This ambitious initiative is built upon the core belief that arts and culture constitute a driving force behind the vitality of urban centers worldwide.
The theme for IDEAS CITY 2013 is Untapped Capital. As the world’s resources continue to be endangered, depleted, and destroyed, we all need to imagine new solutions and develop innovative approaches and practices. Rather than focusing on deficits, IDEAS CITY 2013 will encourage intensive examination of surplus resources that may be under- recognized or underutilized: Untapped Capital. There are many ways of thinking about what might define “untapped capital,” ranging from people and raw materials, to ideas, networks, varied resources, and modes of communication. The topic of Untapped Capital provides a touchstone for alternative thinking about new methodologies, new solutions, and new goals.
IDEAS CITY 2013 “Untapped Capital” will take place in downtown New York from May 1–4, 2013.