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We love… BMW Guggenheim Lab by Atelier Bow-Wow in New York

Last week saw the arrival of the BMW Guggenheim lab to New York’s East Village – a six-year worldwide initiative that will explore issues regarding contemporary urban life.

The ‘mobile laboratory’ has been designed by Tokyo practice Atelier Bow-Wow and described as “a lightweight and compact two-story traveling toolbox”.  It is completely collapsible and can be shipped anywhere, and re-assembled easily.

Over the course of six years, different architects will unveil three mobile structures in total, and each structure will additionally have a theme, the first being Confronting Comfort – contemplating “notions of individual and collective comfort, and the urgent need for environmental and social responsibility.”

Visitors to the lab are encouraged to post ideas to the website community, track their social networking pages, and keep up to date with their what’s-on-guide of cultural happenings around the various cities.  They can also play Urbanology – the interactive, group, online and on-site game in which users are presented with questions on their city and then given opportunity to become a city-planner and subsequently shown the impact their changes have on the increasingly urbanized city.

This communal think-tank aims to encourage interaction between designers, educators and citizens and inevitably explore how cities can become more responsive to peoples needs through performances, film screenings, workshops, projects and lectures – propagating positive solutions for inner-city living.

“We wanted the Guggenheim Labs to be in the middle of an urban environment where people live, work and hang out,” notes David van der Leer, curator and part founder of the BMW Guggenheim collaboration.

The inaugural night saw the screening of Stylesight favorite Blank City – French director Celine Danhier’s documentary chronicling the ‘No Wave’ movement of the mid-70s and early 80s in New York City.

Following New York, the structure will be transported to Berlin in October and following that Mumbai, reaching a total of nine cities on the tour.  Keep up to date with city itineraries here. – Samantha Fox

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