Big City Lab
 Big City Forum
Big City Lab
Big City Lab is a design education initiative that invests in the potential of youth to understand and define their sense of place and community.
We believe that design-based learning plays a vital role in engaging students with real life content and problem solving, and motivates them to expand their understanding of their culture, community, and sense of self.
The focus is the urban environment as a site for meaning and unlocking the imagination by creating dynamic new ways to research, analyze, interpret, make new meaning of the world around them.
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Over the course of each project Big City Lab is organized into content and thematic strands that promote personal entrepreneurship through creative problem-solving, resourcefulness, and team based collaboration. Each strand unfolds through the core building blocks of Researching, Visualizing, Creating, and Reflecting as students bring their projects to fruition.
Students work with big ideas related to real life design challenges and design their own theme park, create their own suspension bridge structures, publish their own DIY zines, understand how sound is a powerful tool to understand our environment, use new technologies to reimagine their own cities, and document and archive their own powerful stories.

Through summer academies, after school programming, and in-school residencies, Big City Lab implements programs that inspire curiosity and critical thinking for youth. We focus on creating spectacular and transformative learning experiences for all students.

At the Lab students will be able to explore their passions in a creative habitat that promotes innovation, collaboration, deep thinking, and hands-on making with leading professionals in the fields of design, photography, book making, architecture, music, media arts and science. 
In the spirit of Stanford's students will work towards becoming innovators, use design thinking to inspire new ideas and perspectives, foster collaboration towards reaching common goals, and sharpen their ability to reach academic and creative breakthroughs.

Donations are made through the Pasadena Arts Council a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Donations to Big City Forum/Big City Lab are tax deductible to the full extent of the law under Federal ID 95-2540759.
Please make checks payable to: Pasadena Arts Council. Note Big City Forum on the memo line or voucher. Mail to:
Pasadena Arts Council
65 S. Grand Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105

If you've got any questions, please do not hesitate to send us a message.