The Festival Of Ideas For The New City is a multi-day event being held May 4-8 in New York City to both creatively imagine the future of cities and to enable the ideas that will help shape them. The festival takes shape in three forms; first is a series of conference discussions, including notable mayors of transformative cities, design thinkers and socially-minded urban architects. Second is a minimal-waste street festival where innovative grassroots organizations will model their products and practices over the course of the festival. The third element of the festival is a series of artist projects featured throughout the city that reflect and inspire the themes of the festival, sparking new innovation among thinkers interested in changing cities for the better.
The organizers explain the project:
Among the questions to be addressed through Festival programs are: What makes the city worth living in? How can we encourage and preserve the positive qualities of the city? How can technology be used to improve city life? Are there places or elements of the city that can be re-purposed and re-imagined to serve new needs and populations? When we talk about sustainability, what do we mean? And, what can each of us do to contribute to a healthy, diverse, equitable, tolerant, innovative and fun place to live? Above all, how are the creative arts crucial to the above and how can they move conversation forward?
Watch a video explanation below: