BMW Guggenheim Lab Publishes New 100 Urban Trends and Announces Exhibition

100 Urban Trends

Today, the BMW Guggenheim Lab announced the publication of 100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab New York and 100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab Mumbai. Complementing the Berlin Lab trends published in November 2012, the New York and Mumbai editions round out a series of glossaries showcasing the most talked-about urban trends from the Lab’s three global stops to date. The three glossaries, which include such terms as “Glocalism” and “Retrofitting Infrastructure,” have been written by Lab curator Maria Nicanor, curatorial assistants Amara Antilla and Stephanie Kwai, and the Lab’s resident writer, Christine McLaren, and can be accessed online in a dynamic interactive feature designed by Collective Assembly. Downloadable versions of the glossaries, designed by graphic designers Sulki & Min, are also available on the BMW Guggenheim Lab website.

“These glossaries are meant to further the conversations started by the Lab and spark analyses of these three cities and comparisons of the respective urban environments,” stated Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. “Integral to these glossaries is the concept of cities as hubs for ideas, and how the Lab has captured some of the prevailing thoughts citizens and experts alike have about their cities.”

Participatory City: 100 Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab, opening at the Guggenheim Museum on October 11, 2013, will explore key experiences and discoveries from the New York, Berlin, and Mumbai Labs. Architects, academics, designers, artists, and other invited guests from fifty cities around the world will submit drawings, sketches, short videos, or digital renderings that respond to and illustrate fifty of the trends featured in the glossaries. Another fifty trends will be represented by examples from Lab programs and projects.

“The aim of the exhibition is to take the temperature of three particular cities during a particular period of time—New York, Berlin, and Mumbai between 2011 and 2013—and to understand the ideas city experts and non-experts discussed for the present and future of cities,” said Lab curator Maria Nicanor. “This exhibition allows us to bring together many of the learnings from each of the distinct cultures and communities that the Lab has engaged with, and the discoveries we made that tied these different cities together.”

As part of this exploration, Lab | Log, the BMW Guggenheim Lab’s blog, today launches an article series that will focus and expand on one or two urban trends each week.

The Guggenheim will announce additional details about the exhibition this summer.


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