Finding space for people in the cities...
Making cities more intimate and connected...
Re-establishing social relationships...
Creating a shared manifesto for our future cities...
UnBox LABS in its fourth edition gathers individuals, ideas and actions for a people-centered, multi-disciplinary, collaborative exploration around these and other questions that look at new notions of the future of our cities.

Continuing with the ethos of the UnBox Festival, the lab bring together a cohort of 35 extremely talented and experienced creative practitioners and researchers from the UK and India, with a group of established mentors from diverse fields, to collaborate on and seed exciting ideas that respond to the challenges of our collective urban futures.

From February 24-March 7, our participants will embark on a process of exploration, sharing and ideation at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Over the two weeks, the lab will seek new approaches to the future of our cities through a facilitated journey that will channel existing knowledge and develop new prototypes.
ENGAGE with the city of Ahmedabad, with mentors and local experts as well as with each other to get inspired and to explore and share

IDEATE and form multi-disciplinary teams to seed new ideas that build on the collective experience of the group

PROTOTYPE & BUILD to explore, interpret and flesh out these ideas

REVEAL an interesting manifest of the idea to an interested audience of partners & supporters

Engage with us as we embark on this journey of discovery and experimentation to explore a manifesto for future cities.

If you’d like to raise a provocative question or send in an interesting example of city-centered change to our participants, write in to us at

The UnBox LABS 2014 is anchored by the UnBox Festival and Quicksand, in partnership with the British Council, the Arts & Humanities Research Council UK and the Science & Innovation Network of the British High Commission in India, with the support of REACT & the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

Quicksand 2014

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