SMU presents New Cities, Future Ruins
New Cities, Future Ruins is a four-year curatorial initiative inviting artists, designers, and thinkers to re-imagine the extreme urbanism of America’s Western Sun Belt. Fast-growing symbols of opportunity and entrepreneurialism, the region's cities are sprawling agglomerations in delicate ecosystems, marked by resource overuse, dramatic demographic change, and political struggle that particularize and illuminate global crises of rapid urbanization. Suburban in texture, they are 21st-century spaces that resist creative traditions inherited from the industrial city.
The convening of New Cities, Future Ruins is a hybrid conference and festival that will feature artists’ projects, tours, and events throughout the city, as well as talks, roundtable discussions, screenings, and workshops.