IDEAS CITY DETROIT

Floyd collaborated with IDEAS CITY & the New Museum to help bring the IDEAS CITY conference to life in Detroit.
Starting from the premise that art and culture are essential to the future vitality of cities, IDEAS CITY provides a vital platform for designers, artists, technologists and policymakers to exchange ideas, identify challenges, propose solutions, and engage the public’s participation. IDEAS CITY brings together thinkers and practitioners from design, art, architecture, urban planning, technology, science, business, sociology, education, and civic and governmental institutions, and fosters collaborations between them.

40 fellows from around the world are spending one week living in the previously abandoned Kiefer Hospital in the New Center Neighborhood of Detroit. Floyd provided special edition galvanized Utility Sets that will move from Detroit on to the next IDEAS CITY conferences in Athens, Arles, & New York. The Fellows set up tables in their workspace using a few found materials from the renovations done on their live/work space in the Kiefer.

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Sleeping Pods for the Fellows designed by architecture firm Family based on the OpenStructures principles by Thomas Lommée commissioned by Atelier LUMA.
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The Herman Kiefer Site, Detroit.


IDEAS CITY culminated in a day long free public conference at the Jam Handy that featured many internationally acclaimed speakers from the fields of art, architecture, design, policymaking, and urbanism, including Rembert Browne, Theaster Gates, dream hampton, Walter Hood, and Amanda Williams, among others.