The BMW Guggenheim Lab Concludes Its Stay in Mumbai
The BMW Guggenheim Lab has concluded six weeks of free programs and projects exploring the urban challenges and conditions of Mumbai. Presented in collaboration with the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, the Mumbai Lab operated at six sites throughout the city from December 9, 2012, through January 20, 2013, making programming and participatory studies available to a diverse range of audiences and communities. 23,861 visitors of all ages engaged in 165 programs over 29 days, including design projects, surveys, tours, talks, workshops, and film screenings.
Several projects are designed to continue after the Lab closes, including a research project and a visual survey examining Mumbaikars’ perception of privacy and its relationship to public space. The results of the studies, which were developed in collaboration with Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research (PUKAR) and the Design Cell at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidji Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA), will be made available in the coming weeks. Among the design proposals developed by the Mumbai Lab is Landlink, a project that explores ways to retrofit existing water pipe infrastructure. In addition, an international design competition in collaboration with Mumbai Environmental and Social Network (MESN) and administered by Lord Cultural Resources was launched to reimagine the Kala Nagar Traffic Junction, one of the busiest transportation hubs in Mumbai. Elements of the winning entries will be considered for implementation in the coming years.
The physical structure for the Mumbai Lab, designed by Tokyo-based architects Atelier Bow-Wow with Mumbai-based firm SDM Architects, will remain after the Lab’s run in Mumbai. An L-shaped structure made primarily of bamboo for the plaza at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum will remain at the museum and be used as an informal gathering space for visitors.
Major themes that emerged in Mumbai and in the Lab’s two previous locations, Berlin and New York, will be explored in an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City this fall. Further details on the exhibition will be announced in the coming months.