In recent years, GSAPP has used the label “Studio-X” to refer to its most advanced laboratories for exploring the future of cities. The label conveys the sense that a whole new platform for research and debate is needed to face the array of urgent questions that will face the next generation of designers. With locations in Amman, Beijing, Istambul, Johanesbourg, Mumbai, New York, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, Studio-X is a place for new forms of creativity in the face of the most pressing problems. A place to invent, test and celebrate new ideas. A lively hub of the most exciting discussions. An incubator of energetic thinking in the heart of the city. An interface for direct exchanges between colleagues from around the world. A dynamic space that evolves at the same speed as the urban environment itself. Studio-X Rio, established in 2011 at Praça Tiradentes, is in the heart of downtown Rio.