Founded by Jeffrey Inaba in 2005, the Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab) is an experimental research unit at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Together with the Archis Foundation and Rem Koolhaas/AMO, C-Lab produces Volume, an independent quarterly that establishes cross-disciplinary conversations on urban and architecture topics of public consequence. C-Lab’s mission is supported by our advisory board, which consists of Barry Bergdoll (Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA), Gary Hattem (President of Deutsche Bank Americans Foundation), Jiang Jun (Founder, Urban China), John S. Johnson (Founder, Pacific Foundation and Eyebeam Art and Technology Center) and Lewis H. Lapham (Founder, Lapham’s Quarterly; Editor Emeritus, Harper’s Magazine.)
In spring 2013, C-Lab collaborated with Netlab and urban planning professor David King on the Extreme Cities project, in association with the Audi Urban Future Initiative and Stylepark. The project suggests a new leadership model in which we set out to investigate the cities of a half-century from now instead of simply projecting the concerns of our current timeframe into the future. C-Lab contributed a study on Extreme Neighborhoods in New York City, focusing on the project’s identified five key strengths of cities: transgenerational, asymmetry, complexity, migration and generosity. The exhibition, presented at Studio-X NYC, also included “Building Megalopolis,” an interactive timeline created as a research tool for rethinking the relationship between architecture, planning, history and the megalopolitan scale. The project launched with a panel discussion with Jeffrey Inaba (Director of C-Lab), David King, Kazys Varnelis (Netlab), Benedict Clouette (C-Lab Coordinator), Leigha Dennis, Neil Donnelly and James Graham.
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