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BMW Guggenheim Lab

As I head back to New York City this week for school, I’d thought I post about something I am looking forward to checking out upon my return. Recently, a new art establishment has opened in what used to be an empty lot in the East Village. From their website:

“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.

After October 16, 2011 the BMW Guggenheim Lab will travel to Berlin and then Mumbai. Cycle 1 concludes 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.”

I can’t wait to see if it lives up to its lofty ambitions!


The Colossus of New York

Is there a blogger code somewhere out there that says all material I post has to be found by the blogger themselves? Fuck it if there is, just because I was assigned to read Colson Whitehead’s The Colossus of New York doesn’t mean I can’t comment on it and share it will y’all. First of all, if you live in New York or any metropolitan city, you should definitely read this. Also, if you simply enjoy reading short excerpts compiled into one cohesive work, you are also included in those who should read this. If you don’t like reading, tough, read it anyway. So, back to what it’s actually about. Read the rest of this entry