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The BMW Guggenheim Lab has hit the streets of New York and Berlin and is heading to Mumbai in December with some awesome pop-up public programs and projects. Presented in collaboration with the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, the Lab will feature free programs at the museum and at multiple sites throughout the city. Part urban think tank, part community-gathering center, the BMW Guggenheim Lab is a global initiative that gets people involved and inspired in urban planning, art, and ideas that will better their environment and community. The Mumbai Lab will also include film screenings, activities, tours, talks, and design projects for everyone to enjoy.
The lab has recruited a local dream team to help implement the public programs in Mumbai. Trupti Amritwar Vaitla is an architect and urban planner currently researching improved public spaces and sustainability in Mumbai. Aisha Dasgupta is a demographer from the UK who focuses on reproductive health and family planning. Architect Neville Mars has also joined the team for urban growth research, and Mexican artist Héctor Zamora helps communities grow and interact with public mural projects.
Tokyo-based architects Atelier Bow-Wow have designed a structure unique to Mumbai's character for the main lab station. Modeled after the Indian mandapa, a raised outdoor pavilion traditionally used for celebrations, the bamboo structure will be situated under a canopy of trees in the gardens of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. A smaller structure will also travel to sites throughout the city.
The program begins December 9, so keep your eye out for this incredible, interactive venture.