An event this week in Indianapolis aims to connect creative thinkers with unique ideas about city-building. The We Are City SUMMIT will focus on how “underground” quality of life efforts including urban farming and arts and culture programs can complement traditional development ideas. In a Studio(i) interview, Butler University Center for Urban Ecology Director Tim Carter discusses how Thursday's event can help more people become involved in the city-building process.

August 20, 2013

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — “We Are City SUMMIT”, presented by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., will reemerge this summer with an eclectic mix

of national and local speakers who work and play in the trenches and front

lines of city-building. The second annual SUMMIT is designed to amplify

city improvement conversations throughout Indianapolis and challenges local leaders to think innovatively and act boldly. The half-day conference,

scheduled for August 22, will celebrate smart, unique and bold

city-building with discussions, presentations and interactive projects.

“The We Are City SUMMIT imports new ideas and methods for city-building to the Indianapolis community and vice versa,” said We Are City Co-Founder John Beeler. “By combining and juxtaposing different ideas and methods, we think we can bring new insights to Indianapolis' challenges such as sustainability, education, quality of design and social justice.”

Individuals with an interest in creative city-building are encouraged to

register now for the SUMMIT. Attendees will engage in interactive projects,

touching specifically on how central planning efforts converge with

subterranean place-making activities such as urban farming, arts and

culture, pop-up arcades, and more.

What: We Are City SUMMIT 2013, presented by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Who: Local presenters include Adam Thies (Dir. of Department of

Metropolitan Development, Indianapolis, Ind.), Imhotep Adisa (KI EcoCenter,

Indianapolis, Ind.) and Brian Staresnick (URBN DSGN, Indianapolis, Ind.).

Visiting speakers include Michael Seman (Denton Music Scene, Dallas,

Texas), Susannah Drake (dlandstudio, New York, N.Y.), Kunal Gupta (Baby

Castles, Brooklyn, N.Y.), Kt Andresky (The Yes Farm, Detroit, Mich.),

Justin Moore (Department of City Planning/Columbia University, New York,

N.Y.) and Sara Zewde (Asakura Robinson Company, Houston, Texas).

When: August 22, 2013 from Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, Ind.

Tickets: Admission is $15 for students, $20 for a regular ticket ($25 for

day-of registration), and $50 for patrons. The patron-level ticket includes

a signed copy of We Are City IMPORT resident James Reeve's ‘Bureau of

Manufactured History’. Tickets are available at

The SUMMIT is made possible with the generous support by the following


– TITLE: Indianapolis Downtown Inc.

– GOLD: MailChimp, Visit Indy, Eskenazi Health,The Kinetic Project, Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University, Indiana History Center

– SILVER: Flashpoint HR, SmallBox, Ratio, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute

– BRONZE: IndyHub, TechPoint, URBN DSGN, ASLA, CENTRIC, two21 LLC

For more information about the SUMMIT and a complete schedule of events,


*About We Are City*

We Are City is a joint effort founded by the Center for Urban Ecology at

Butler University and The Kinetic Project. The mission of We Are City is to

inspire heightened conversation about city-building in Indianapolis, and to

celebrate people and projects that exemplify smart, unique, and bold

city-building. In addition to the SUMMIT, We Are City produces the

BRIEFING, a bi-weekly email digest that highlights city-building news, and

has created a residency program called IMPORT to introduce thinkers and

creators to Indianapolis.


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