Guggenheim Museum opens Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab, an exhibition on view October 11, 2013 to January 5, 2014.

The exhibition is the culmination of the Lab—an urban think tank, community center, and public gathering space that traveled to New York, Berlin, and Mumbai to inspire innovative ideas about urban life and new ways of thinking about cities. Tens of thousands of participants engaged with the Lab’s free public programs, urban projects, and research initiatives, both on site and online, which informed and helped shape the exhibition.

Participatory City is inspired by one hundred of the most talked-about ideas in urban thinking explored at the Labs in New York, Berlin, and Mumbai. The terms, or trends, featured in the exhibition have been selected from nearly three hundred terms that were compiled in the New York, Berlin, and Mumbai editions of 100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab. New and old, established and of-the-moment, these terms relate to the ways we understand, design, and inhabit cities. Each term references a particular Lab event or experience, highlighting participatory programs, tours, talks, workshops, film screenings, and urban research projects offered in each city. Projections of the terms, alongside corresponding drawings, photographs, and short videos, loop continuously on the gallery walls in a digital installation. Additional videos and images from each of the three cities bring the Labs to life throughout the exhibition. A global roster of architects, academics, designers, and artists has also submitted responses to 100 Urban Trends, which can be viewed online, at