LOWER EAST SIDE — IDEAS CITY, the biennial festival founded by the New Museum in 2011, is coming back for another round of brainstorming on how to create a better urban space.
This year's festival, themed “Untapped Capital,” will feature four days of conferences and workshops starting May 1 that celebrate the possibility of identifying cities’ neglected resources — like un-developed spaces, youth, and artists and other creative professionals — for their potential to revamp the ways in which cities are designed and run.
Joi Ito, the director of MIT’s Media Lab, will deliver this year’s keynote address.
The four-day festival will also include a lineup of workshops as well as a street festival on the Bowery where artists, architects, writers, activists, entrepreneurs, ecologists and other thinkers will take their ideas for urban improvement.
Over one hundred organizations will also present interactive projects, exhibitions, and performances on the street throughout the weekend.
Centre-fuge has coordinated a rotating lineup of artists to paint a trailer on E 1st Street since mid 2011.
IDEAS CITY runs from May 1st to May 4th. For tickets and more information, go to the website.