Friday, December 14, 2012

Advantage Mumbai as BMW Guggenheim Lab opens its third mobile lab

This last weekend would have been one of the red letter ones for Mumbaikars who feel strongly about 'meaningful public spaces' -- spaces that add quality to general day to day living, those that are interactive and encourage citizens to be participatory in their non-private immediate environment.

The BMW Guggenheim Lab, a mobile laboratory that explores Public Space and Urban Life, opened last Sunday at Mumbai after doing similar launches in New York and Berlin. Of all the Indian cities, Mumbai was undoubtedly the most appropriate city to be chosen for this experiment. Describing it as 'one of the most complex populous and culturally rich cities in the world' curator of the Mumbai Lab, David van der Leer rightly says that "everyone living in a city has a stake in its future and our programs are designed to bring people of all backgrounds and viewpoints together to address important issues related to urban life".  http:/ 

The six-week program Mumbai Lab's central site will be presented from 3pm to 9pm on the plaza of the the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Activities will also be offered on dedicated dates from 5pm to 9pm at additional labs in five communities throughout the city. These are:

Horniman Circle (Fort): Dec 13-17, 2012
Priyadarshini Park (Malabar Hill): Dec 20-23, 2012
Sambhaji Park (Mulund East): Dec 27-30, 2012
Batliboy Compound (Mill Worker colony):  Jan 3-7, 2013
Mahim Beach: Jan 10-13, 2013 

We are hoping that there will be lessons for the rest of the Indian cities too.

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