Christine McLaren, the BMW Guggenheim Lab’s resident writer, is a freelance journalist who investigates solutions to urban problems. Her writing and research explores how the shape of our cities and urban policies impact the lives and behavior of those living in them and how shifting social, environmental, and economic climates are changing our relationship with the urban fabric. As a researcher, she has worked with authors such as award-winning Canadian journalist Charles Montgomery, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Alexandra Cousteau. Based in Vancouver, she has written for publications such as Monocle, Spacing, and Metropolis, and has reported for numerous prominent print, online, and television news outlets around the world.
Over the years, the Lab was many things—a lecture hall, a classroom, a theater, a playground—but above all, it was a platform for city dwellers to collectively explore the challenges of the coming urban century. More
How should we think about public space in the years ahead? In the latest installment of our "TBC" series, Ethan Kent, Vice President of the organization Project for Public Spaces, discusses the need to see public space as a "democratizing force." More