Envisaging L'Aquila
edited by Alessandro Coppola

StreetFest Competition

The Festival of Ideas for a New City is a major new collaborative initiative between scores of downtown organizations, from large universities to arts groups and community organizations, working together to affect change. The Festival is a first for New York and will demonstrate the power of the creative community to imagine the city of the future. The Festival will serve as a platform for artists, architects, designers, and other thought leaders to exchange ideas, propose solutions, create new problems, and invite the public to participate in improving urban life.

The Festival of Ideas for a New City will take place during the weekend of May 7-8, 2011, and will include panels, roundtables, symposia, and workshops; an innovative outdoor “street fair”; and dozens of projects, performances, and events, opening simultaneously at multiple downtown venues. The Bowery will serve as the spine of the Festival, with Cooper Union and the New Museum acting as anchors and hubs for conversation, discussion, learning, and action.

For the occasion of the first Festival of Ideas for a New City in New York City, Storefront for Art and Architecture jointly with the New Museum and New York City’s Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) are launching the StreetFest competition for the design, management, and construction of temporary outdoor spaces that produce new ways for collective gathering and city engagement.

Registration Deadline January 14, 2010
Competition Submission Deadline February 6-7, 2011
Winner Announcement Mid-February, 2011
Design-Management-Construction period Mid-February-May1st

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