Atlas Lab


For our exper­i­men­tal sec­tion, Atlas Lab, we are look­ing for inspired ideas for improve­ments that can be imple­ment­ed and test­ed in the urban land­scape. Pos­si­ble areas for applied research include trans­porta­tion, ener­gy, water, waste, side­walks, roof tops, heat islands, and urban agri­cul­ture.

Meth­ods for rais­ing aware­ness on those or relat­ed issues are valu­able, as are new infra­struc­ture designs. We seek projects that are cre­ative, prac­ti­cal, and effi­cient.

If you or some­one you know is doing rel­e­vant work in a field relat­ed to urban sus­tain­abil­i­ty, we may be able to help you by pro­vid­ing fund­ing for mate­ri­als or research.

Cri­te­ria for Atlas Lab pro­pos­als:

1. Your work can be real­is­ti­cal­ly imple­ment­ed and/or will stim­u­late thought on an aspect of sus­tain­abil­i­ty and the future of New York. Projects can exist ‘on paper only’ but will be judged on future build­abil­i­ty and your bud­get pro­jec­tion for a full scale ver­sion.

2. Your work can be repli­cat­ed in anoth­er city. (But it has to start here in NYC.)

3. You can test its impact. (This can be through a tech­ni­cal eval­u­a­tion for a gad­get or by run­ning focus groups for ideas. We are open to your method­olo­gies.)

4. It has some sort of phys­i­cal instal­la­tion or pub­lic vis­i­bil­i­ty com­po­nent that can be doc­u­ment­ed and shared online as well.

5. If you are installing in the city, you must plan for nec­es­sary per­mits and per­mis­sions. In some cas­es, we may be able to help with logis­ti­cal advice.

Sam­ple research projects might include: test­ing var­i­ous types of plants for dura­bil­i­ty, or design­ing a mobile infor­ma­tion booth that con­veys infor­ma­tion about cli­mate change and cities, and is simul­ta­ne­ous­ly able to com­pare the effec­tive­ness of alter­nate mes­sages.