News & Events

June 7, 2014
News From the Venice Architecture Biennale

Jeffrey Talks About Technology and the Workplace; Reception for Volume 37; "BIMness" in Biennale Publication

December 13, 2011
Volume 29 in NYC

Join Mark Wigley, Jeffrey Inaba, C-LAB, and guests at Project No. 8 (Ace Hotel location) on Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011, from 7-9pm for holiday cheer and urban conspiracy.

November 30, 2011
Art Basel Miami Beach

Join Jeffrey Inaba and guests at Printed Matter on Friday, 2 Dec 2011, from 5-7pm at the Miami Beach Convention Center to celebrate the launch of Volume 29: 'The Urban Conspiracy'.

November 29, 2011
The Urban Conspiracy

Volume 29 uncovers a plot by the aging to transform the public space of the city.

November 11, 2011
Forms of Content

C-Lab 2005-2011 exhibition and publication at Yoshioka Library, Tokyo.

September 8, 2011
Jeffrey Inaba Talks

C-Lab director Jeffrey Inaba will be giving a series of lectures in the coming weeks. Sept 20: Aarhus School of Architecture, Aarhus; Sept 21: KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm; Sept 23: Norwegian Architecture Association Conference, Oslo; Sept 24: Trajectories in Architectural Education, Oslo; Sept 27: UIA Conference, Tokyo; Sept 28: C-Lab at Chengdu Architecture Biennale Opening, Chengdu; Sept 30: C-Lab Exhibition at Yoshioka Library and panel discussion with Inaba and Atelier Bow Wow; Oct 7: University of Michigan Power Conference, Ann Arbor.

June 14, 2011

Join Nicholas de Monchaux at 7pm at Studio-X for a discussion of his new book, Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo, hosted by C-Lab. Reception to follow.

April 4, 2011
Festival of Ideas

The New Museum launches the Festival of Ideas for the New City, May 4-8, 2011. As a core partner, C-Lab is curating the Festival's blog and designing a family of street furniture for the StreetFest. Be sure to follow our blog contributions here.

March 7, 2011
Variations on a Table

GOOD Magazine features C-Lab's Hayes Valley Farm table with commentary on the dining series by Jeffrey Inaba.

February 19, 2011
Thinking Big: Diagrams, Mediascapes and Megastructures

Jeffrey Inaba presents, "Lost in Space," at a Yale SOA symposium on the work of Kevin Roche.

January 18, 2011
A Tale of Two Systems

C-Lab's on-going table series with One-Pot and Design Compendium continues with a table for 120 guests at Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundation. Photos coming soon.

January 12, 2011
Huffington Post

C-Lab and Jeffrey Inaba are now on the Huffington Post. See the first post of our series, "How Smart Are Public-Private Partnerships?"

January 12, 2011
Counterculture in London

Upcoming events at the Architectural Association:

Thursday, January 13, 2011. "The Architecture of Failure"

A conversation with Mark Wigley and Brett Steele, moderated by Shumon Basar.

Friday, January 14, 2011. "Counterculture"

'If you remember the 60s, you weren't there' -- Grace Slick, Jefferson Airplane

This afternoon event includes a roundtable discussion led by Jeffrey Inaba, Features Editor of VOLUME, an independent quarterly for architecture to go beyond itself. Issue 24 of the journal, published in Autumn 2010, examines current interests and recent histories of counterculture; in architecture, the environment, politics, art and culture. The 1960s countercultural roots of the hippie generation are now mainstream, and alternative values of forty years ago can now be seen to guide the world of technology. At first glance, what appears prescient about the 60s when looking at current American culture is the preoccupation then and now with computer technology, the natural environment and alternative forms of community; but today each is disconnected fromt he radical political action and oppositional ideologies of the earlier era. Discuss.

This afternoon's roundtable conversation will include Jeffrey Inaba, Mark Wigley, Charles Holland, Peter Crump, Graham Caine, David Greene and more, moderated by Brett Steele.

January 5, 2011
New City Reader

C-Lab Weather section out now.

November 18, 2010
It's official: C-Lab is tweeting. Follow us on Twitter via C__Lab. See you there!

November 4, 2010
A panel discussion on cities moderated by Mark Wigley with Lewis H. Lapham, Robert Krulwich, Andrew Dolkart, and Jeffrey Inaba.The public event will include an exhibition produced and designed by C-Lab. RSVP here:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Reception: 6:30pm / Conversation: 7:00pm
92Y Tribeca
200 Hudson Street
New York NY 10013

October 5, 2010
The Last Newspaper Opening

For the New Museum's latest exhibition on artistic responses to the news, C-Lab has created a three monitor installation, Cloudy with a Chance of Certainty, exploring the popularity of weather reporting and the role of unpredictable patterns on the US economy.

The exhibition is open Wednesday to Sunday until January 9, 2011

Tuesday, October 5, 7pm
New Museum
235 Bowery
New York NY 10002

September 24, 2010
Volume 24: Counterculture? Launch Party

A panel discussion on counterculture with Richard Doyle, Mark Wigley, Richard Flood and Jeffrey Inaba.

Thursday, September 30, 7pm
New Museum
235 Bowery
New York NY 10002

August 28, 2010
Renaissance of the Ruins
Volume editors convene in Venice to discuss the newly launched issue of the magazine and the site of the event, the Dutch Pavilion. Please join us! ** If you missed it, check out the video here.

July 20, 2010
Volume 24: Counterculture? Wrap Party

Please join us tomorrow evening to celebrate the completion of the latest C-Lab issue of Volume Magazine.

Tuesday, July 20th, 7pm
180 Varick Street
Suite 1610
New York NY

June 1, 2010
C-Lab is Hiring!

C-Lab is seeking applicants for a three-month full-time intern position. C-Lab is looking for self-reliant and highly motivated writers that can contribute to the next issue of Volume magazine.

This position offers an opportunity to work collaboratively and individually on producing content for Volume. Candidates should have a strong design, writing and communications background-and be highly informed of contemporary architecture, design, culture and politics.
• Interest in C-Lab's mission, agenda and output
• Excellent writing, reasoning and communication skills
• Should be able to formulate lines of inquiry independently and to develop work in a sustained and logical manner

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume and writing samples to

Include 'VOLUME INTERNSHIP' in the subject field.

November 3, 2009
Book Launch for World of Giving by Jeffrey Inaba and C-Lab

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
+1 212 219-1222
Music by Jamison Guest

In place of the pursuit of personal wealth, World of Giving presents a mindset revolving around generosity. It paints a picture in which giving animates all types of human interaction, acknowledging that each and every one of us gives. From helping out an acquaintance to donating to a valued cause, we all provide in acts big and small that benefit people beyond the immediate recipient. In this important exploration of the sentiments of our time, the authors describe the basic motivations for why we give with examples including local volunteering, philanthropy and the flow of aid through foundations, governments, multinationals and NGOs. The book details the process of working toward a greater good and shows that a gift transforms at numerous junctures as it circulates through the complex world in which we live. Articulating these intricate relationships, World of Giving offers an understanding of the actions that build bridges between goodwill and need, intention and realization.

World of Giving is by Jeffrey Inaba and C-Lab in collaboration with Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, New Museum and Lars Müller Publishers.

To celebrate the book’s release, join us for the party Thursday November 12th from 630-830p with Richard Flood, Mark Wigley, Lars Müller and Jeffrey Inaba.

November 2, 2009
Storytelling at the Architectural Association

Stop by to hear the roundtable discussion on Storytelling marking the 20th issue of Volume Magazine, November 20, 2009 2p.
In the past two year numerous dramas have competed for our attention: housing crisis, banking meltdown, pandemic, recession. The all-consuming effort to follow these events seldom leaves time to contemplate the explanations themselves. Volume 20 is dedicated to the art of Storytelling. It presents the storylines of current events to show that while the truth is important, so is the ability of fiction to elevate fact. Perhaps the best way to eventually understand our era and to create architecture itself is through narratives that distort, pervert and animate reality? During challenging times, when it appears impossible to chart a path out of the forest of uncertainty, maybe fantasy can help to build a precise and concrete story for architecture's future. 

Participating in the discussion will be:
Tom McCarthy, Writer, General Secretary of the International Necronautical Society and Author of 'Remainder'
Dave McKean, Illustrator, Artist and Filmmaker
Mark Wigley, Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Volume Magazine Founding Editor
Brett Steele, Director, Architectural Association
Jeffrey Inaba, Director, C-Lab, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Volume Magazine Features Editor

Architectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES
+44 (0)20 7887 4000

October 3, 2009
C-Lab Announces Volume 20: Storytelling

This past year numerous dramas have competed for our attention: sub-prime mortgages, banking meltdown, bailout, stimulus, pandemic, bankruptcy. The all-consuming effort to follow the facts of these events seldom leaves a moment to contemplate the explanations themselves. For any one of these problems, what is the stated dilemma, context, motive or ensuing set of events? And most importantly, how does a problem’s formulation determine its proposed solution? Volume 20 is dedicated to the art of storytelling. It presents the storylines of current events and architecture to show that while the truth is important, so is the ability of fiction to elevate fact. Perhaps the best way to eventually understand our era is through narratives that distort, pervert and animate reality? During challenging times, when it appears impossible to chart a path out of the forest of uncertainty, C-Lab asks readers whether fantasy could serve as a means of literal escape. Stories by Mark Wigley, Neil Denari, John McMurrough, Lucia Allais; interviews with Lewis Lapham, Nicholas Lemann, Jay Rosen, Catherine Hardwicke, Tom McCarthy; illustrations by Dave McKean and Roger Dean; a report from Warren County–home to the US auto industry; plus ALIBI Fantasy Island, storybook architecture, Hansel and Gretel shop for a home and an ostrich family fairytale. Watch out for Storytelling starting in August.

May 8, 2009
Research Practice Symposium

Beatriz Colomina, Mark Wigley, Raveevarn Choksombatchai, Jeffrey Inaba, Ed Keller, Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott. Organized by Stephen Phillips. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 1pm

May 2, 2009
A/cute Tokyo Symposium

Hitoshi Abe, Jun Aoki, David d’Heilly, Mark Dytham, Jeffrey Inaba, Sylvia Lavin, Jesse Reiser and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. 1230pm

March 21, 2009
We Make Money Not Art reviews Bootleg Edition Urban China (C-Lab)

March 3, 2009
Imagining Recovery is an open international design ideas competition coinciding with the first 100 days of the Obama presidency. The competition calls on designers to act as mediators between policy and the public by producing an image of the lived experience of recovery, increasing the transparency and intelligibility of the charts, maps and graphics of This image is to be supported by a design strategy offering a means to get from the present to recovery. The competition brief is a living document, collectively written by the design participants and a select panel of public policy students from prestigious policy schools around the world. Submissions are due on the 100th day of the presidency, April 29, 2009, and will then be judged by a world-class panel of design and image experts, who will select prize winners and address the public in an open discussion at Studio X on May 13. The competition will be distributed to the public through a print publication, a placement in Volume Magazine, and a traveling video exhibition, all available for free online download. This competition is organized by lab\RAD, in collaboration with C-LAB, SIPA, the Global Public Policy Network and The Morningside Post.

February 10, 2009
Opening of Urban China's exhibition, Informal Cities at the New Museum. Check out C-Lab's 'bootleg' publication of Urban China

January 30, 2009
Jürgen Mayer H. Book Launch organized by Studio-X, GSAPP, and Hatje Cantz Verlag with Jürgen Mayer H., Cristina Ines Steingraber, Andres Lepik, moderated by Jeffrey Inaba. Studio-X, 180 Varick St. #1610, New York, NY 10014

September 2008
The Urban Design Institute of Korea and the Jeollabuk-do Government have selected Jeffrey Inaba and C-Lab as a prize winner for the Saemangeum International Urban Design Competition to plan Saemangeum, a 40,000 hectare area along the Yellow Sea.

Volume 29
Cloudy with a Chance of Certainty
World of Giving
Volume 20
Research Practice Symposium
A/cute Tokyo Symposium
Imagining Recovery
Informal Cities
Renaissance of the Ruins