Gabriella Gómez-Mont is Founder and CEO of Experimentalista, a novel type of nomadic and creative office specialized in cities – and that constantly shifts shape to accommodate high-level, transdisciplinary collaborations across the world.
She was also the Chief Creative Officer of Mexico City, and the founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad (2013 – 2018), the award-winning experimental arm and creative think-tank of the Mexico City government, reporting to the Mayor. As director of the Lab she headed a highly transdiciplinary team: from urban geographers, political scientists, internationalists, lawyers, civic tech experts etc., to artists, historians, architects, designers, future thinkers and philosophers, amongst others. The Lab was created to tackle urban challenges, creating novel transdisciplinary methodologies and participatory practices, exploring ways to find common ground in a gargantuan, diverse (and often divided) city. Hence the Lab’s projects were multiple, often paradigmatic (such as crowdsourcing the Mexico City Constitution) and covered widely in international publications.
It was quite an adventure to open a creative office within a gargantuan public institution, which at first seems to be almost at odds with its bureaucratic nature. But perhaps when things seem most ill-suited for each other is when the interesting combinations happen.