Urban Lab 2018 now confirmed for Milan!

Dates 4.-10. June 2018

The 2018 Urban Lab is now confirmed to take place in Milan with additional events to be announced throughout the year.  The topic for the 2018 residency is In Transit and the week will be more focused on investigating the city through a particular area - the Via Padova and its surroundings. 

The area around Via Padova is considered the most multi-ethnic neighborhood of Milan and is both the medium and recipient of a variety of transitions.

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What is it?

The Urban Lab is week-long visual urbanism residency. A programme of walks and talks, practice and theory will be carried out over the course of 7 days. The week will culminate in an exhibition of all the resulting work in Milan. Additionally a selection of the projects have the chance to be shown as part of a final exhibition curated by Urbiquity at the culmination of the 2018 In Transit topic showcase.

The Urban Lab residency creates experiences where urbanists from around the world can learn from and add to the local urban discourse. By learning about the specific urban struggles facing the city that derive from their specific geopolitical context, the participants will create new projects around the central theme. Urbiquity has created a week long programme for this exact purpose which includes talks, seminars, walks and urban interventions.


In Transit refers to the movement of a person, item or place as in physical displacement or relocation. It can however also relate to the action of passing through and across space. As such it describes both transition as well as arrival and is central to understanding the ebbs and flows that constitute modern cities. The idea of transit or transition is also relevant in studying the increasingly tense relations between the clashing identities reshaping national borders in Europe and further afield. As such it offers an intriguing framework for studying multicultural, diverse and multilayered urban environments.


The output of the urban lab is the co-created visual and physical material resulting from the studies and experiments carried out over the course of the residency. On the other hand the talks and workshops also contribute to the process of creating new discourse in the city - introducing new approaches and forging new contacts. The final curated exhibition is an opportunity for the participants to experiment and showcase their work in a highly professional context in the respective cities as well as part of the final showcase.