Win Tickets to the IDEAS CITY Conference Next Week in NYC

Courtesy of The New Museum

Next week, the New Museum in New York will kickstart the annual IDEAS CITY Festival on Thursday, May 28th. Themed after Italo Calvino‘s “The Invisible City,” the three-day event will “explore questions of transparency and surveillance, citizenship and representation, expression and suppression, participation and dissent, and the enduring quest for visibility in the city” through a number of platforms, such as panels discussions, poetry slams, mobile art installations, workshops, exhibitions and most notably the transformation of City’s Bowery neighborhood into a “temporary city of ideas.”

Interested in attending? Five of our readers have the chance to win tickets to the festival’s opening conference. Enter the sweepstakes below for a chance to watch a screening of Mannahatta: Studies for an Opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, listen to Bjarke Ingels discuss the relevance of literary speculation, and much more (the full conference schedule).

All those who will be in on May 28th are eligible to participate. Follow the instructions to enter below.

Video: New Museum / SANAA / Great Spaces

Ever likened SANAA’s to Lady Gaga?  We didn’t think so!  So, check out this video by Great Spaces and prepare to see the museum in a new light.   Toward the end of the video, it was mentioned that only after won the Pritzker, did some people truly take notice of the museum.  Have you visited the New Museum on the Bowery prior to the Pritzker, or have you been influenced to see if after ’s won?   And, for more info on the museum, be sure to reference our previous articles.

World of Giving book launch


When we interviewed Jeffrey Inaba at the last year, he told us about his research on altruism, which was the base for his new book “World of Giving”.

In place of the pursuit of personal wealth, World of Giving presents a mindset revolving around generosity. It paints a picture in which giving animates all levels of human interaction, acknowledging that each and every one of us gives. From helping out an acquaintance to donating to a valued cause, we all provide in acts big and small that benefit the immediate recipient and often others as well. In this important exploration of the sentiments of our time, the authors describe the basic motivations for why we give in reference to examples such as local volunteering, philanthropy and the flow of aid through foundations, governments, multinationals and NGOs. The book details the process of working toward a greater good and shows that a gift transforms at numerous junctures as it circulates from giver to receiver. Articulating these intricate relationships, World of Giving offers an understanding of the actions that build bridges between goodwill and need, intention and realization.

World of Giving is by Jeffrey Inaba and C-Lab in collaboration with Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, and Lars Müller Publishers.

The book will be launched in a party at the New Museum on November 12th, from 630-830p, with Richard Flood (Chief Curator, New Museum), Mark Wigley (Dean, Columbia GSAPP), Lars Müller (Founder, Lars Müller Publishers) and Jeffrey Inaba ( author of World of Giving and Director of C-Lab).

Exhibition at the New Museum: “Urban China: Informal Cities”

“Urban : Informal Cities”, is the latest exhibition to open in the New Museum in New York. The exhibition is a physical manifestation  of the magazine Urban China, the only magazine devoted to issues of urbanism published in and about China.

Also, on this exhibition “Urban China Bootlegged by C-Lab for Volume“, a special and limited-edition project produced specifically for the exhibition. The magazine, formulated as a bootleg, borrows content from Urban China and will be celebrated at the exhibition opening today.

The theme of the bootleg is crisis, which is unfortunately apt by the destruction of the TVCC building in Beijing yesterday. Thanks to Dana Karwas () for the info. For more details on the exhibition, you can go to the official website of the New Museum.