Closing Week at BMW Guggenheim Lab New York

BMW Guggenheim Lab

Join us at the BMW Guggenheim Lab for the final days of the Lab’s run in New York before it moves on to Berlin in spring 2012. This week, Lab team member Charles Montgomery, a journalist and urban experimentalist from Vancouver, will present events that illustrate the relationship between the design of our minds and the design of our cities.

Highlights include Urban Interventions, in which Montgomery will demonstrate how we can reconfigure public space and systems to maximize flexibility, comfort and hospitality, and The Nature of the City, a conversation between evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson and BMW Guggenheim Lab Advisory Committee member Nicholas Humphrey about how urban systems can bring out the best in us and how we respond to unconscious cues in the built landscape. Participate and share your ideas on what a pro-social New York City could look like.

The Lab closes in New York on Sunday, October 16. Join us for a day of events celebrating our time in the East Village—your last chance to be a part of this free urban experiment.

Events include:

 10–11:30 am

 Yoga Local Yoga Series

 12–5 pm


 2–3:30 pm

 What’s Next: New York, Berlin, Mumbai

 6–10 pm

 Dance Showcase

 7:30–9 pm

 Closing Celebration*

*RSVP is not required, but space is limited.

The Lab has hosted a diverse range of programs and events that both challenge the way we think about the theme Confronting Comfort and consider solutions to problems facing our cities today.

Our Sunday Salon Series, created by artist and Lower East Side resident Clayton Patterson, showcased local history in a unique way, examining the influence of hip-hop in the neighborhood, community medical services, the legacy of Warhol’s Factory, and the dramatic social changes in the Lower East Side and their effect on local artists and creativity. The inaugural Urban Design Week festival launched at the Lab with the unveiling of An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York, a publication based on the By the City/For the City project that presents a collective portrait of how we might imagine the city’s future. Sharon Gannon and David Life, co-creators of Jivamukti Yoga, showed how yoga can not only help us find comfort but also provide it for others. Buoyant local storyteller Justin Vivian Bond invited participants to share their best, worst, funniest, and most memorable neighborhood experiences in his lively Neighborhood Stories. Neuroscientist Paul Zak, psychologist Emanuele Castano, and Kio Stark of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program designed a party to get even the most hardened New Yorker to show some love at the Lab’s Love Night. Colin Ellard, research psychologist at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and author of You Are Here: Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon, but Get Lost in the Mall, measured the effects of the city on participants’ brains and bodies. And Lab Advisory Committee member Juliet Schor shared insight on a growing trend that is helping households to live low-impact, high-satisfaction lives.

Stay tuned as the Lab transitions from New York to Berlin. The Lab will travel to nine major cities worldwide over six years. Led by international, interdisciplinary teams of emerging talents in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, and sustainability, the Lab addresses issues of contemporary urban life through programs and public discourse. Its goal is the exploration of new ideas, experimentation, and ultimately the creation of forward-thinking solutions for city life.

Read our Lab | log for continued discussions and insights on environmental and social responsibility issues that extend beyond the physical site of the Lab. Follow us on Twitter @BMWGuggLab and Facebook for the latest updates and information. Next stop: Berlin!


BMW Guggenheim Lab, New York City. Design architect: Atelier Bow-Wow. Photo: Kristopher McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York


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