Gabriella Gómez-Mont
Founder and Director, Laboratorio para la Ciudad
  • Recipient: Holland's Prince Claus Fund, Italy's First Place of the Best Art Practice Award, Mexico's IMCINE National Film Grant, and the Audi Urban Future Award as part of Team Mexico (2014)
  • She is a City 2.0 TED Prize grant awardee and a TED Senior Fellow
City whisperer
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Living up to her personal slogan, “imagination is not a luxury,” Gabriella faces design challenges head-on as the director of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Mexico City's official creative think tank and experimental space for civic innovation. A singular urban designer, multilingual writer, visual artist, documentary director and cultural advisor, she sees creativity as a scalable city resource. Intent on assembling a space for projects that improve the quality of life in her hometown megalopolis, she facilitates eye-opening relationships between urbanists, artists, scientists, architects, coders, government officials, sociologists and economists. Gabriella has worked in editorial at NYC's Aperture Foundation, studied global affairs at Yale, and founded award-winning projects Toxico Cultura, Cine Abierto and Laboratorio Curatorial 060.
“Urban creativity is about how we invent spaces for ingenuity beyond the usual places like museums and art schools.”
Gabriella in Forbes