In July, Mexico City hosted the official launch of their UNESCO City of Design strategy. Luis Antonio Uribegan, a member of Design Core’s Detroit Design Network, attended the event as a participant and presenter. The designation is held by Laboratorio para la Ciudad (Laboratory for the City), Mexico City’s new experimental office for civic innovation and urban creativity and the first city government department of its kind in Latin America. The Lab is a space for rethinking, reimagining, and reinventing the way citizens and government can work together towards a more open, more livable and more imaginative city. Luis shared a few thoughts on his experience:
As we gathered in El Laboratorio para la Ciudad (Lab for the City), different backgrounds, different ideas and identities created a framework for three days of exploration, education and how a public/private/professional research center can exist. We not only brainstormed on what the future of the Laboratorio could be, but also how new realities in technologies and grass root movements impact the future of a city. It was incredible to actually present all the faces of what Detroit is and what it could be.