Out of the Lab

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The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile international project, inciting classes, lectures, workshops and urban community building through its presence – first in New York, then Berlin, and now Mumbai. Now, through their simple interactive site, “100 Urban Trends,” the Lab shares the range of concepts within urban issues that they’ve addressed in their programming. Click on a term like “Bottom-up Urban Engagement,” or “Happy City,” and a brief description of the term pops up, along with links to programs done by the lab, like their “Soupermobile: Build a Dumpster Kitchen” workshop in Berlin, or a talk on “Cycling Fast Facts.”

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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