New Cities, Future Ruins is a curatorial initiative inviting artists, designers, and thinkers to re-imagine the extreme urbanism of the Western Sun Belt. 


El Paso/Juarez. Photo: LandSat

New Cities, Future Ruins launches with a convening November 11-14 in Dallas, TX. (Public programming commences November 12). 

A hybrid conference and festival open to the public, the convening will feature artists’ projects, tours, and events throughout the city, as well as talks, roundtable discussions, screenings, and workshops.

The convening is the critical opening event of New Cities, Future Ruins, a four-year curatorial initiative inviting artists, designers, and thinkers to re-imagine and engage 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.

Looking East Over Unbuilt “Ascaya” Lots, Black Mountain Beyond, Henderson, NV, 2010. Photo: Michael Light