Mexico City creates urban lab to test fresh city ideas
Add Mexico City to the list of metropolises investing in the science of urban innovation. Under the direction of Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera, who took office in 2012, the city has launched Laboratorio para la Ciudad (Laboratory for the City), Forbes reports.
Goals include improving civic interaction with the municipal government and inventing new ways to design public spaces. In an interview with the magazine, Lab Director Gabriella Gomez-Mont explains that she consulted with Boston’s New Urban Mechanics office, created by Mayor Thomas Menino, for ideas on how to launch the lab.
The sprawling city of 22 million presents ample challenges for the lab to tackle, including a stench problem related to badly managed wastewater and garbage treatment, as Fox News recently reported.