Guggenheim Foundation and the BMW Group Announce a Major Global Initiative.

A Six-Year Program of Traveling Laboratories for Urban Experiments and Public Programming.

First Lab Launches in North America in 2011 and Begins a Two-Year Journey to Cities Around the World.

Atelier Bow-Wow (Tokyo) and Sulki & Min (Seoul) Named Architect and Graphic Designer for First BMW Guggenheim Lab.

New York/Munich.
Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum, and Frank-Peter Arndt, Member of the Board of Management, BMW AG, today announced a long-term collaboration that will span six years of program activities, engage people in major cities around the globe, and inspire the creation of forward-looking concepts and designs for urban life. The initiative will engage a new generation of leaders in architecture, art, science, design, technology, and education who will address the challenges of the cities of tomorrow by examining the realities of the cities of today.

An innovative movable structure that travels from city to city, the BMW Guggenheim Lab will bring together ambitious thinkers from around the globe and will be a public place for sharing ideas and practical solutions to major issues affecting urban life. There will be three different BMW Guggenheim Labs, each with its own architect, graphic designer, and theme, and each traveling to three major cities worldwide. The BMW Guggenheim Labs will travel in separate, consecutive two-year cycles, for a total project period of six years.

Site-specific events and educational programs related to the cycle’s theme will include workshops, public discussions, performances, and formal and informal gatherings, which will tie the BMW Guggenheim Lab into the everyday fabric of the city. The BMW Guggenheim Lab will also present the responses of a multidisciplinary team of professionals assembled to study the theme.

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