BMW Guggenheim Lab: 100 Urban Trends

The BMW Guggenheim Lab has launched 100 Urban Trends – three glossaries comprising ideas for future urban planning.

Identified during a series of laboratory events and workshops in New York, Berlin and Mumbai, the resource sums up the most talked-about urban trends from the Lab’s global stops. Examples include Glocalism, the merging of local and global forces, Happy City, the cultivation of joy in urban areas, and even 10,000 Honks, a proposed rule limiting a car to 10,000 honks after the time of its purchase.

The Lab aims to investigate, and raise awareness about, urban challenges while also exploring how people experience and interact with major cities. Launching in New York in 2011, the lab has since traveled to Berlin in 2012 and Mumbai in 2013 to explore various themes related to urban living in each city.

“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,” explains Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.

In October, the Guggenheim Museum will host Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab; an exhibition covering in-depth themes and ideas that arose during the New York, Berlin and Mumbai editions. Explore the three glossaries via the interactive website. – Babette Radclyffe-Thomas

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