Ideas City: Art, Culture and Revolutionary Environmental Ideas

More and more these days, we are seeing the convergence of arts and culture mixed with revolutionary ideas about sustainability, urban planning and technology. An example of this phenomenon is the second installment of IDEAS CITY, a biennial festival – founded by the New Museum in New York City – that explores the future of cities around the globe, with the belief that these are actually essential to the vitality of urban centers. To exchange ideas, propose solutions, and accelerate creativity, the New Museum collaborates with hundreds of arts, education, and community organizations. This year’s theme will be the ever-thought-provoking notion of Untapped Capital which is aimed at examining resources that are under-recognized or underutilized in our cities – including its cultural sphere.


Photo © KIKE CALVO. To see a selection of Kike´s Canvas Art Prints you can click on the image.

The four day festival consists of conferences, workshops, projects and an innovative StreetFest. The conference that hosts significant speakers from different backgrounds will explore Untapped Capital in relation to the following areas: Ad Hoc StrategiesWastePlay, and Youth. Workshops 
engage visitors and help them understand how to rethink unused spaces in the city, how artists can provide vital consultation for commercial development, and how to build bicycle generators. By involving the audience, new forms and concepts will be investigated through collaborative and interactive projects that tap the energy and talent of the downtown community.

For the StreetFest, artists, architects, poets, technologists, historians, community activists, entrepreneurs, and ecologists create works and share their ideas on actively shaping their city, with the public. IDEAS CITY will take place in New York City from May 1 – May 4. 



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Meet the Author
Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can travel to Colombia with Kike: