1. IDEAS CITY: Istanbul 2012: Structures and Networks Panel Discussion

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    The inaugural IDEAS CITY Global Conference was held in Istanbul in October 2012, exploring the topic of Untapped Capital. Read more: ideas-city.org/global/view/istanbul PANELISTS Burak Arıkan, Artist Burak Arıkan is an artist working with complex networks. He takes obvious social, economical, and political issues as input and runs through an abstract machinery which generates network maps, performances, and predictions to make inherent power relationships visible and discussable. He is the founder of Graph Commons platform, dedicated to providing “network intelligence” for everyone. Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Columnist, Milliyet Aslı Aydıntaşbaş is a columnist for the turkish daily Milliyet, focusing mainly on turkish politics and the Middle east. she has also been a regular contributor to numerous publications in Turkey including the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes, the New Republic, and salon.com. she has worked as a Washington and New York correspondent for SABA, a leading turkish newspaper, as well as NtV between 1997–2004, covering the Clinton and Bush administration, the United Nations, and the Iraq war. Aydıntaşbaş participated in former President George W. Bush's 2004 trip to Turkey and traveled with Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister tayyip erdoğan during official visits between 2004–08. Adam Greenfield, Founder and Managing Director, Urbanscale Adam Greenfield, Founder and Managing Director of Urbanscale, is an advocate for the human-centered design of technological systems. He was Nokia’s head of design direction for service and user interface design. He is the author of Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing (2006), Urban Computing and its Discontents (2007, with Mark shepard) and the forthcoming The City is Here for You to Use. He teaches at New York University’s Interactive telecommunications program. With his wife, artist Nurri Kim, Greenfield is also cofounder of Do projects which, since 2010, has conducted innovative systems/Layers “walkshops” in cities around the world, a series of walking tours dedicated to investigating the ways in which digital networks gather information from and return information to the street. Yancey Strickler, Cofounder, Kickstarter Yancey strickler is cofounder of Kickstarter, the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. His writing has appeared in New York magazine, Pitchfork, Spin, and the Village Voice, among other publications. He lives in New York City and has personally backed more than 650 Kickstarter projects. Anthony Townsend, Research Director, Institute for the Future Anthony townsend is Research Director at the Institute for the Future where he conducts forecasts on urbanization, mobility, and ubiquitous computing. He has worked extensively with national and local governments and international development organizations on issues of e-government, technology-based economic development, and innovation. He teaches at New York University's urban planning program. Townsend was a co-founder of the pioneering community network NYCwireless. His first book, Smart Cities: How Technology Giants, Citizen Hacktivists and City Hall Are Battling Over Our Future will be published by W.W. Norton & Co. in 2013. Moderator: Marc Kushner, Architect and Cofounder, Architizer Marc Kushner, AIA, is a partner in the New York-based architecture firm Hollwich Kushner and CeO of Architizer, which he cofounded in 2009. Architizer is a revolution in the way architects communicate their work; it is the first crowd-sourced database for architecture online. since its inception, Architizer has started a fundamental re-evaluation within the profession of how architecture is consumed, and remains the fastest growing platform for architecture online. Kushner teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate school of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and lectures on the topic of social media and architecture across the country.

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    • IDEAS CITY: Istanbul 2012: Collaboration and Exchange Panel Discussion

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      The inaugural IDEAS CITY Global Conference was held in Istanbul in October 2012, exploring the topic of Untapped Capital. Read more: http://www.ideas-city.org/global/view/istanbul PANELISTS Yaşar A. Adanalı, Urban blogger Mutlukent (Happy City) and Reclaim Istanbul Yaşar A. Adanalı is a PhD candidate at stuttgart University, Department of International Urbanism. His research focuses on democracy and the city, urban governance, and urban transformation. For many years he has been working as a development specialist in Istanbul as well as in various cities in south America, Africa, and the Middle east. Adanalı also keeps two urban blogs, Mutlukent (Happy City) and Reclaim Istanbul. Adanalı has recently been awarded the Urban Planning Journalism Award (2011) given by the Turkish Chamber of Urban Planners. Rupali Gupte, Founding Member, Collective Research Initiatives Trust Rupali Gupte is a founder/member of the Collective Research Initiatives trust (CRIt), an assistant professor at the KRVIA, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and environmental studies, Mumbai, and a partner at RRarchitecture101, a design firm. Her practice lies at the intersection of architecture, art, and urban research. Her works include, among others, studies of postindustrial landscapes and housing types in Mumbai. Selva Gürdoğan, Architect and Cofounder, Superpool selva Gürdoğan is an architect and a cofounder of superpool, an Istanbul-based design practice. superpool has completed projects including “Open City: Istanbul” exhibition (2009), Mapping Istanbul book (2008–09), and “Becoming Istanbul” exhibition in 2011. Most recently, superpool has been commissioned by the Audi Urban Future Award 2012 to study mobility in Istanbul in 2030. Suketu Mehta, Author and Associate Professor of Journalism, New York University Suketu Mehta is the New York-based author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. He has won the Whiting Writers Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta is Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University. He is currently working on a nonfiction book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he was awarded a 2007 Guggenheim fellowship. Born in Calcutta, Mehta moved to Queens, New York, as a teenager. Yasemin Nur, Artist and Cofounder, Atılkunst Yasemin Nur is on the faculty of Mimar sinan University. she is also one of the members of the artist collective Atılkunst along with fellow artists Gülçin Aksoy and Gözde İlkin. Since 2007, Atılkunst has been working with “surplus of Agenda” that functions as a weekly email devoted to manipulation and speculation concerning the previous week’s political/social/local/global agenda. Moderator: Pedro Reyes, Artist Pedro Reyes is a Mexican artist who crosses the boundaries in the worlds of design, film, architecture, and pedagogy. Operating on the interplay of architecture, design, language, and video, his works take on a variety of forms—from penetrable vinyl sculptures, such as “Capulas” (2002–10), inspired by organic or mineral formations that are both artworks and usable structures, to the Urban Genome Project (2010; cofounded with Joseph Grima), and “Baby Marx” (2009–present), a video production based on the nineteenth-century debate between socialism and capitalism. Reyes recently made an off-site project for the Guggenheim Museum, New York, called “sanatorium” (2011–present), a utopian “temporary clinic” designed to offer topical treatments for urban illnesses.

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      • IDEAS CITY: Istanbul 2012: Amanda Burden Keynote Address

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        IDEAS CITY: Istanbul kicked off with a keynote by Amanda Burden, Commissioner of the NYC Department of City Planning. Under the Bloomberg administration, Commissioner Burden has spearheaded the largest planning effort in NYC since 1961. Her talk directly addressed IDEAS CITY’s 2013 theme of “Untapped Capital,” building an argument that emphasized how our Manhattan-centric focus was finally yielding to a larger framework, which includes all five boroughs—underutilized assets that would become a key factor in accommodating the predicted one million additional people who will call New York home by 2030. In tandem, the city must leverage its robust public transportation system that connects the boroughs. “So we focus on what we call transit-oriented development,” Burden explained, “Our goal, laid out in PlaNYC, is that 95 percent of all new development be located within a ten-minute walk of a subway stop. Today, we have already achieved 87 percent.” Read more: http://bit.ly/16xhAgM

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