Get acquainted with David van der Leer, assistant curator of architecture and urban studies at the Guggenheim.
Big idea:To use his platform as a curator at the Guggenheim Museum for exploring what cities could and should be like in the coming years. “Our lives are mainly taking place in cities,” van der Leer, 31, says, “and this will increase in the coming decades.” His most ambitious project, which launches later this year, is a six-year touring research platform called BMW Guggenheim Labs, created with collaborator Maria Nicanor. Led by two curators from the Guggenheim, each 5,000-foot lab is a mashup of think tank, community center, and gallery space. It will be staffed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers and emerging talents from architecture and art to economics, as well as other scientists charged with finding ways in which cities can become more comfortable, economical, and sustainable. Three different concepts will hit a total of nine cities around the world. For its first two year cycle, the lab will visit Asia, Europe and North America. Between the cycles, each lab will send its research back to the Guggenheim for an exhibit.
Very cool, yes?