Blog Series To Explore Trends From BMW Guggenheim Lab New York

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Lab | Log, the blog and travel diary of the BMW Guggenheim Lab, has launched an eight-week series called “Lab Notes I: Trends from the New York Lab.” The series will feature Guggenheim curators Maria Nicanor and David van der Leer, journalist Christine McLaren, author Jon Cotner, and a prominent array of guest bloggers—artists, scientists, and journalists—who together will examine four themes that emerged during the Lab’s remarkable ten-week run in Manhattan’s East Village.

The Rise of Open-Source Urbanism (January 11–23): Leaders in the fields of design, urban planning, and architecture have begun using crowdsourcing to create more livable and responsive cities. Guest bloggers: artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, author and editor Mimi Zeiger, and research psychologist Colin Ellard.

Emotional Cityness (January 25–February 6): Are there solutions to social fragmentation in cities? We'll examine the value of social interaction and how innovative design can promote stronger relationships among urban dwellers. Guest bloggers: Paul J. Zak, founding director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and professor at Claremont Graduate University, architecture and design writer Gideon Fink Shapiro, and photographer Eric J. Henderson.

Fast-Changing Citizenship (February 8–20): Contemporary urban life requires continuous shifts in life and work styles. Can increased awareness of these transformations better equip citizens to influence political processes and the physical organization of urban spaces? Guest bloggers: Alex Gilliam, a national expert on K–12 design education, and Rosanna Flouty, an education professional who oversaw public programming for the BMW Guggenheim Lab New York.

Retrofitting Urban Life (February 22–March 5): How can existing physical and organizational structures be reimagined to better support contemporary urban life? Guest bloggers: June Williamson, associate professor of architecture at the City College of the City University of New York, and author and editor Mimi Zeiger.

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