October 11, 2013 –January 5, 2014.

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The BMW Guggenheim Lab.

New ways of thinking about urban life.

From October 11, 2013 to January 5, 2014, the Guggenheim Museum will present Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab. This exhibition will explore major themes and ideas that emerged from the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a mobile think tank focused on urban life that traveled to New York, Berlin, and Mumbai from 2011 to 2013.

Participatory City will feature 100 of the key trends published in the New York, Berlin, and Mumbai editions of 100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab. Each trend will be illustrated by contributions from a global roster of architects, academics, designers, and artists, as well as Lab programs and projects. The exhibition will represent the trends in an exclusively digital installation through drawings, sketches, short videos, and renderings.

What is the BMW Guggenheim Lab?

Part urban think tank, part community center and public gathering space, the BMW Guggenheim Lab is a global project aimed at raising awareness of important urban challenges and inspiring an ongoing conversation in cities around the world. Led by international, interdisciplinary teams of emerging talents in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, and sustainability, the BMW Guggenheim Lab addresses issues of contemporary urban life through programs, projects, 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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The BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin.

The real-life lab and the online lab

All members of public may take part in the programmes in the lab free of charge. Further, people from all round the world can get actively involved in many different ways via the BMW Guggenheim Lab website and social networks.

The BMW Guggenheim Lab Mumbai.


With a structural skeleton built of carbon fibre, the lightweight and compact BMW Guggenheim Lab for the first cycle was designed by the Tokyo-based architecture company Atelier Bow-Wow.

Atelier Bow-Wow – The architects who designed the BMW Guggenheim Lab.


People from all four corners of the globe are involved in the BMW Guggenheim Lab − ranging from architects and graphic designers to the prestigious ‘Advisory Committee’ as well as the up-and-coming talents within the Lab Team itself.

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