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On Site at the BMW Guggenheim Lab

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Tokens of mobility at the BMW Guggenheim Lab at Houston and Second Ave. Tokens of mobility at the BMW Guggenheim Lab at Houston and Second Ave. (Luna Lin/WNYC)

The BMW Guggenheim Lab opened up at Houston St. at Second Ave. on Wednesday.

Before traveling to eight other cities in the next six years, including Berlin and Mumbai first, the lab will host a series of presentations, workshops, and interactive games over 10 weeks in New York. The talks will address — and try to come up with solutions — for issues and problems related to urban life.

The lab is sponsored by the automaker BMW. Check out a slide show of its first day below.

The BMW Guggenheim opened at Houston and Second Ave. on Wednesday.
Luna Lin
The BMW Guggenheim opened at Houston and Second Ave. on Wednesday.

The lab's graphic icon, made up of elements of urban life written in many different languages, was designed by Sulki & Min from Seoul, South Korea. The graphic will change with time just as urban settings do.

The entrance to the BMW Guggenheim Lab. The lab's main architecture is a structural  skeleton built of carbon fiber, and designed by Atelier Bow-Wow as a “traveling toolbox.”
Luna Lin/WNYC
The entrance to the BMW Guggenheim Lab. The lab's main architecture is a structural skeleton built of carbon fiber, and designed by Atelier Bow-Wow as a “traveling toolbox.”
The agenda on the first day of the lab's opening.
Luna Lin/WNYC
The agenda on the first day of the lab's opening.
The game of
Luna Lin/WNYC
The game of "Urbanology."

Part of the floor is designed as a chess board, in which people answer questions about urban planning and witness how their decisions influence an urban system.

The boxes that contain tokens for the
Luna Lin/WNYC
The boxes that contain tokens for the "Urbanology" game.
Some of the tokens include these so-called
Luna Lin/WNYC
Some of the tokens include these so-called "Tokens of Mobility."
And these
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And these "Tokens of Livability."
More tokens: the
Luna Lin
More tokens: the "Tokens of Affordability."
Visitors could take a break from thinking about urban planning and policy by having an organic snack at Roberta's Cafe in the lab.
Luna Lin/WNYC
Visitors could take a break from thinking about urban planning and policy by having an organic snack at Roberta's Cafe in the lab.

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