Rachel joins BMW Guggenheim Lab

Last month the Berlin Lab Team was announced, and my team members and I are already deep into the planning for the Lab’s run there in the spring.

 The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile laboratory traveling 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.

Over the Lab’s six-year migration, 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 Lab’s first two-year cycle is Confronting Comfort—exploring notions of individual and collective comfort and the urgent need for environmental and social responsibility.

The BMW Guggenheim Lab launched in New York, running from August 3 to October 16, 2011. It is currently in transit to Berlin, where it will be open from May 24 to July 29, 2012, before moving on to Mumbai in late 2012. Cycle 1 will conclude with an exhibition presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 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 Lab is conceived to inspire public discourse in cities around the world and through the BMW Guggenheim Lab website and online social communities.

The public is invited to attend and to participate in free programs and experiments at the Lab. In addition, the BMW Guggenheim Lab website and social communities provide opportunities for participants around the world to engage with and to contribute to the ideas and experiments generated by the Lab.

The BMW Guggenheim Lab is shaped by a diverse and international group of individuals, ranging from architects and graphic designers to the eminent Advisory Committee and talented Lab Team members. The Lab team for Berlin is

1. José Gómez-Márquez, program director for the Innovations in International Health Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2. Carlo Ratti, architect and engineer who practices in Italy and directs the SENSEable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3. Corinne Rose a Berlin-based artist who works with photography and video and teaches at the Bern University of the Arts

4. Rachel Smith, principal transport planner AECOM