BMW Guggenheim Lab

The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile laboratory that 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 BMW Guggenheim Lab will address 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 urban life.

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Over the six-year migration of the BMW Guggenheim Lab, there will be three distinct mobile structures and thematic cycles. Each structure will be designed by a different architect, and each will travel to three cities around the globe. The theme of the first two-year cycle of the BMW Guggenheim Lab is Confronting Comfort, exploring notions of individual and collective comfort and the urgent need for environmental and social responsibility. Cycle 1 of the BMW Guggenheim Lab launches in New York from August 3 to October 16, 2011, before continuing on to Berlin and Mumbai. The Berlin presentation will be organized in collaboration with ANCB Metropolitan Laboratory, and the Mumbai presentation will be organized in collaboration with the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Cycle 1 will conclude with an exhibition presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2013. Two additional two-year cycles will follow, each with a new mobile structure and theme, concluding in the fall of 2016.

Part urban think tank, part community center and public gathering space, the BMW Guggenheim Lab is conceived to engage public discourse in cities around the world and through the BMW Guggenheim Lab website and online social communities.

The public is invited to attend free programs developed by the BMW Guggenheim Lab (BGL) Team in each BMW Guggenheim Lab location. In addition, the BMW Guggenheim Lab website and social communities will provide opportunities for participants around the world to engage in the ideas and experiments generated by the BGL Team.

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Theme

The theme for Cycle 1 of the BMW Guggenheim Lab is Confronting Comfort. In New York, Berlin, and Asia, the BMW Guggenheim Lab will explore how urban environments can be made more responsive to people’s needs, how people can feel at ease in an urban environment, and how to find a balance between notions of modern comfort and the urgent need for environmental and social responsibility.

Location and Programs

NEW YORK

Opening Dates
August 3–October 16, 2011

Location
33 East First Street
(between First and Second Avenues)
New York City

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Hours of Operation

Wednesday 1–9 pm
Thursday 1–9 pm
Friday 1–10 pm
Saturday 10 am–10 pm
Sunday 10 am–10 pm
(Closed Monday and Tuesday)

Programs
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Programs will include unconventional tours exploring the urban fabric, hands-on experiments and how-to workshops, film screenings, and community-based discussions.

Admission
Free (some programs require online RSVP).

 

BERLIN
Opening
Spring/Summer 2012

 

ASIA
Opening
Winter 2012/13

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