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00000000RK067_BMW Guggenheim Lab popped up in NYC from 2011 to 2013. The final presentations will take place at the Guggenheim Museum until January 2014. (Image via BMW Guggenheim Lab‘s Flickr Account)

For the past two years the BMW Guggenheim Lab has been offering programs in New York City, Berlin, and Mumbai surrounding urban trends that contextualize life in cities. Centered around the concept of cities as “idea makers,” the Lab provides forums where “people come together, share their thoughts and common interests, and generate the ideas that shape our world.” One of the Lab’s recent initiatives is Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends which BMW Guggenheim asserts can help exemplify the future of cities as centers for populations to collaborate and grow. We’ve covered a good number of these urban trends, elaborated below.

The idea behind the collection of these “urban trends” is to reflect the urban exchange that can be possible in cities. The topics are “new and old, classic and ephemerally fashionable. Among them are some of urbanism’s ‘usual suspects,’ which interestingly, keep reappearing in the urban discourse of the early twenty-first century.” Ultimately, by studying these terms, urbanists, architects and other forward-thinkers can engage in the primary goal of cities, which BMW Guggenheim claims to be “the well-being of the people that inhabit them”:

“Cluster,” “concentrate,” and “collaborate” seem to have become the three big Cs of urban thinking of late — but that story is not new. Clustering, searching for a concentration of people, and finding ways to collaborate have been part of the human experience since prehistoric times. Then, as now, people gathered in search of protection, conviviality, and exchange.

By focusing on these Urban Trends the BMW Guggenheim Lab has aimed to draw awareness to aspects of urban life that have the most potential to bring our cities into the future. As the programming continues through 2013 at the Guggenheim Museum, curator Maria Nicanor has organized Participatory City, which is the conclusion of the 100 Urban Trends labs, showcasing all the contributors and programs that made the Lab successful on three continents. The exhibition will be accompanied by public programs exploring architecture, urbanism, and the ways in which people interact with cities and public space.

Here is the full list of Urban Trends, and links to related Untapped Cities articles where we explore the topic further:

  1. 3-D Printer
  2. The 99 Percent: Occupy Wall Street
  3. Accessibility
  4. Accessible Health Care
  5. Affordable Housing: Reforming Zoning and Development for the Next New York
  6. Aging Population
  7. Altruism
  8. Bailout
  9. Bike Politics
  10. Bottom-Up Urban Engagement
  11. Carbon Fiber
  12. Chameleonic Citizenship
  13. Changemaking
  14. City Manifesto
  15. Cityness
  16. Climate Change: “Climate change will define the future of cities.” – 2013 MAS Summit for NYC
  17. Collective Memory
  18. Combined Sewer System:  The Poo Poo Choo Choo, Looking at Sewage Treatment in NYC
  19. Community Garden: The 6BC Gardenin Alphabet City
  20. Community-Led Development
  21. Community Supported Agriculture: Queens County Farm Museum – NYC’s Oldest Working Historical Farm
  22. Commuting: Transportation
  23. Complaint
  24. Confronting Comfort
  25. Container Architecture: 6 Innovative Uses for Shipping Containers
  26. Cooperatives
  27. Corporate Sponsorship
  28. Data Visualization: Fun Maps
  29. De Dépendance
  30. Department of Listening
  31. Design Barriers: Urban Design
  32. Dumpster Design: How about Dumpster Houses?
  33. Emotional Cityness
  34. Empathy
  35. Environmental Justice: Municipal Art Society Conference on Hurricane Sandy
  36. Environmental Psychology
  37. Everyday Democracy
  38. Eviction
  39. Evolutionary Infrastructure: Transit Space Race – Mapping every Transit Project in the US
  40. Fear
  41. Food Distribution
  42. Genius Hub: The Brooklyn Tech Hub Strategic Plan
  43. Gentrification
  44. Glocalism
  45. Grassroots Movement
  46. Greenspace: Looking at Urban Sustainability 
  47. Hacking The City: Cities 101
  48. Happy City
  49. Inclusive Design: Urban Design
  50. Infrastructure of Waste
  51. Local Food
  52. Local Knowledge
  53. Micro Architecture – Micro-Apartments
  54. Mortgage Crisis
  55. Multicultural Cities
  56. Neighborhood Icon
  57. Neighborhood Loyalty
  58. Neo-Localism
  59. Non-Iconic Architecture
  60. Occupy Wall Street
  61. Oxytocin
  62. Participatory Budgeting
  63. Participatory Urbanism
  64. Peak Oil
  65. Person Accountability
  66. Protest
  67. Public-Private Tension
  68. Public Space
  69. Resilience
  70. Segrification
  71. Share Culture: What We Can Learn from Bike Share Programs in Beijing and China
  72. Slowing Down
  73. Social Design: Social Media and Designing the City: A Talk with FourSquare and Sonar
  74. Squatter
  75. Storytelling
  76. Stranger Interaction
  77. Street Facade: When a facade is just a facade
  78. Surburban Retrofitting
  79. Suburban Sprawl: What Melbourne can learn from Farmingdale 
  80. Toxic Neighborhoods: Cleaning up the Gowanus Canal
  81. Transportation Psychology: Transportation
  82. Trash Mapping: Waste
  83. Trauma
  84. Trust
  85. Unconscious Perception
  86. Urban Beauty
  87. Urban Data: Our partnership with Gehl Architects on the series “On Data and Cities”
  88. Urban Foraging
  89. Urban Games: SimCity “Cities of Tomorrow” / SimCity Urban Planning Beta Tournament
  90. Urban Inequality
  91. Urban Intervention
  92. Urban Livability: Melbourne – The World’s Most “Livable” City
  93. Urban Mediation
  94. Urban Mobility
  95. Urban Psychology
  96. Urban Salons
  97. Urban Sensory Experience: Times Square Sound Installation by Max Neuhaus
  98. Urban Sound: Did NYC Really Roar in the Roaring 20’s?
  99. Urban Spontaneity
  100. Urban Systems

To read more about the topics we have yet to write about, check out the awesome interactive site at BMW Guggenheim Lab’s website.

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