David van der Leer is assistant curator of architecture and urban studies at the Guggenheim Museum. His most ambitious project, which launches later this year, is a six-year touring research platform called BMW Guggenheim Labs, created with collaborator Maria Nicanor. Led by two curators from the Guggenheim, each 5,000-foot lab is a mashup of think tank, community center, and gallery space. Van der Leer arrived at the Guggenheim as assistant curator of architecture and design but successfully lobbied last December for a title change to assistant curator of architecture and urban studies. Before the Guggenheim, van der Leer worked one-on-one with Steven Hott, famous for his Linked Hybrid building project in Beijing. Van der Leer's Favorite book is Rebecca Solnit's Wanderlust: A History of Walking. Solnit will write one of the "Sole/Soul Sermons" the Guggenheim is doing this spring with the San Francisco art collective FutureFarmers.
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