Richard Armstrong [Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation] stated, “We are deeply grateful to the City of New York for joining with us in this adventure by allowing a Parks & Recreation property to be the inaugural site of the BMW Guggenheim Lab. We were convinced that the vitality and creativity of this dense, urban East Village location would be the ideal place to launch this experiment. Thanks to the understanding and cooperation of the City, this prediction was realized beyond our best hopes.”
The Lab’s wide range of programs encouraged community engagement and offered insight about today’s dense and changing urban environments, including the need for: the increased activity and involvement of community and neighborhood groups to institute urban change; stronger personal relationships and social interaction within cities to help achieve community cohesiveness; an increased focus on the reuse and revitalization of existing physical and organizational structures; and a growing interest in understanding urban interactions through the use of open-sourced data and models.
Love it when you talk about open-sourced data and models!
The BMW Guggenheim Lab New York received a highly positive response from the public, many of whom have praised its ability to bring individuals together, evoke a sense of community, generate positive energy, provoke questions and then listen to what people have to say, and ignite dialogue that can continue on long after the departure of the physical Lab structure.
Generate positive energy? They must have missed the comments here ... and here...
In any event, the Park is back in the community's hands... a subject we'll have more on later...
FRIDAY: BoweryBoogie has a rundown on Saturday's festivities here.
Previously on EV Grieve:
The Guggenheim wants our rat-infested First Street lot
Residents pitching in to help refurbish First Street garden
Designs for urban life apparently don't include trees
Continuing to question the BMW Guggenheim Lab's benefits to the local community