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What we do


cityLAB, founded in 2006 as a think tank within UCLA's Department of Architecture and Urban Design, is concerned with contemporary urban issues, urban design, and the architecture of the city. Specifically, cityLAB explores the challenges facing the 21st century metropolis through research and design, expanding the possibilities for our cities to grow more livably, sustainably, and beautifully. cityLAB's investigations comprise rigorous scholarship as well as practical implication, design and theory, and formal exploration of cultural and political consequence. The lab is a UCLA research center, undertaking projects related to its five core initiatives: spatial justice, the postsuburban metropolis, rethinking green, urban sensing, and new infrastructures.

Located in Los Angeles, cityLAB's efforts extend far beyond that region. cityLAB has received wide notoriety for its experimental approach to urbanism. It has been featured in Newsweek and CNN-International, along with numerous professional publications; its founders are invited to teach and lecture internationally; cityLAB was selected to participate as a new form of practice at the Venice Architectural Biennale in 2010.

cityLAB was originally launched with the generous support of Sarah Jane Lind.

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