The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile laboratory which will travel to nine major cities worldwide over the next six years. The project has already started in New York and addresses issues of contemporary urban life through programs and public discourse – a great thing considering the fact that people living in a city can bring their own ideas, experience and create forward-thinking solutions for city life. Let’s see what the founders of this project say about it:
Part urban think tank, part community center and public gathering space, the Lab is conceived to engage the public in cities around the world and through its website and online social communities. On its website you can find out information about events that are happening at the Lab in NYC (for example, today at 1 pm people will be attending “Building your own community supported kitchen“), watch lectures and read the blog which discusses various themes around architecture and urban environments.
There will be 3 thematic cycles traveling to three cities around the globe over the next years starting with the topic Confronting Comfort. In New York, Berlin (spring/summer 2012) and Asia, the BMW Guggenheim Lab will explore how people can easily explore an urban environment and find balance between notions of modern comfort and the urgent need for environmental and social responsibility.
This idea worth spreading could be implemented by young architects and urbanists all over the world by giving the community the chance to express itself and decide upon factors in improving the quality of life in the city. Once you get more creative minds in the same place, ideas and possible solutions pop up:
If you know any information about something similar happening in Vienna, Austria or anywhere around the place you live, please comment below. Also, don’t forget to share: it might reach the people who will build cities of the future 😉