Festival of Ideas: The Networked City Panel Discussion

Date & Time

START: 4:00 PM May 5, 2011
END: 6:00 PM May 5, 2011


Join experts as they discuss the idea of New York as a “networked city,” one of the four main themes of the Festival of Ideas. The networked city is the efficient city. Virtually all urban systems are networked, from the streets to the water supply to security and surveillance—and new networks, mostly virtual, are superimposed on our lives every day. Does this interconnectedness make us more vulnerable as well as more effective and efficient? A panel of media theorists and technology visionaries consider the impacts and implications of our networked lives:

Adam Greenfield
Managing Director of Urbanscale, an urban systems design firm, Greenfield is former head of design direction and user interface for Nokia. He is the author of Everyware: The dawning of the age of ubiquitous computing, and the forthcoming The City is Here for You to Use.

Natalie Jeremijenko
New-media artist and engineer Jeremijenko is an Associate Professor in Visual Art/Computer Science/Environmental Studies at NYU, where she develops strategies that employ new technologies to track and remediate environmental changes.

Anthony Townsend
Research Director of the Institute for the Future, a nonprofit research group, Townsend researches the impact of new technologies on cities and public institutions. He is a member of the National Foreign Trade Council’s Global Information Forum Brain Trust.

McKenzie Wark
Chair of Culture and Media Studies and Associate Dean at the New School’s Eugene Lang College, Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto and Gamer Theory.

Moderator: Joseph Grima
Editor-in-Chief of Domus magazine, Grima is an architect and former director of the Storefront for Art and Architecture. He teaches at Moscow’s Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design and is the co-founder (with Pedro Reyes) of the Urban Genome Project, dedicated to “map the code on which cities are written.”

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here or in person at New Museum visitors desk during museum hours.

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