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IdeasCity Athens will take place September 19–24, 2016 and will feature an intensive five-day residency program with forty Fellows, culminating in a public conference featuring internationally acclaimed speakers from the fields of art, architecture, design, policymaking, and urbanism.

Following an open call for participants in the residency program, IdeasCity Athens received over fourteen hundred applications from fifty-four countries, and forty emerging professionals were selected. The five-day residency will bring together emerging practitioners working at the intersection of community activism, art, design, architecture, and technology in cities around the world. IdeasCity Fellows will live and work in the Athens Conservatory and will transform the space into a multifunctional hub of cultural activity.

IdeasCity will observe Athens from the perspective of two key forces that are defining cities today: the flow of humanity and the flow of capital. As a primary flash point in the rapidly escalating refugee crisis, Athens is facing unprecedented challenges in the recent history of Western civilization, yet the city also represents a destination, a center of hope and survival, and a place where one can conceive new realities.



Founding support for IdeasCity
Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David B. Heller & Hermine Riegerl Heller

Global Social Engagement Partner of IdeasCity
LUMA Foundation

IdeasCity Athens’s presenting partner
NEON

International Support for IdeasCity Athens
Stavros Niarchos Foundation