Norman Foster Foundation Workshop 2018—On Cities

City Science group, MIT Media Lab

Monday — Friday
June 18, 2018 —
June 22, 2018

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The Norman Foster Foundation On Cities Workshop will take place on June 18-22, 2018, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The workshop will focus on Autonomous Innovative Communities.

Can each community locally produce all of the energy, food, and clean water needed for basic living—requiring no centralised infrastructure? Can humans transition from ownership to sharing, while living and working in compact, agile, supportive environments? This workshop explores the premise that emerging urban innovations can dramatically reduce resources consumed by cities while simultaneously creating more livable, entrepreneurial communities.

We are living in an era of extreme urbanisation and rapid global warming," states workshop mentor Kent Larson. "The challenges of both call for more than mere incremental adjustments.

After reviewing applications submitted by hundreds of candidates from around the world, the selection committee awarded ten scholarships to students from the following universities and institutions: American University of Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, United States; London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile; Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark; Technische Universiteit Delft, Delft, the Netherlands; Tongji University, Shanghai, China; Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Barcelona, Spain and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

These ten students will engage with a group of specialists through a series of seminars and lectures culminating in a five day workshop led by the mentor Kent Larson, Director of MIT Media Lab City Science Group and Initiative, and his team. 

The Academic Body spans a wide range of practitioners working in different fields interrelated with the City, including: Beatriz Colomina, Director of Graduate Studies, School of Architecture, Princeton University, Princeton, United States; Luis Cueto, General Coordinator for the Mayor in Madrid, Madrid City Hall, Madrid, Spain; Anupama Kundoo, Principal, Anupama Kundoo Architects, Madrid, Spain/Auroville, India; Winy Maas, Co-Founder and Director of MVRDV and Director of the Why Factory, Delft, the Netherlands; Tim Stonor, Managing Director of Space Syntax, London, United Kingdom; Leonor Tarrasón, Director of Environmental Solutions, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Oslo, Norway; Belinda Tato and José Luis Vallejo, Founders and Directors of Ecosistema Urbano, Madrid, Spain/Miami, United States.

The On Cities Workshop will include seminars, lectures, one-to-one tutoring and urban architectural tours. During the course of the workshops, participants will have the opportunity to engage with the Norman Foster Foundation’s archive and research projects.

Norman Foster, President of the Norman Foster Foundation will participate in the Public Debates as well in some of the seminars. Norman Foster with the Trustees of the Norman Foster Foundation will assess the student's projects at the end of the On Cities Workshop. 

Nicholas Negroponte, Co-Founder and former Director of MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, United States will act as the Chief Advisor of the workshop tutoring the students through the research process. As a way to disseminate knowledge and ideas, the public lectures will be recorded and documented for publication in series of annual books published by the Norman Foster Foundation.

The Norman Foster Foundation On Cities Workshop includes a series of debates, free and open to the public.

Public Debates
June 19, 2018, 6–8pm
Fundación Francisco Giner de los Ríos
Paseo del General Martínez Campos 14, 28010, Madrid, Spain

6pm: On Cities: Governance

  • Introduction by Workshop Mentor Kent Larson
  • Keynotes by Beatriz Colomina, José Luis Vallejo, Leonor Tarrasón and Luis Cueto
  • Debate between Beatriz Colomina, José Luis Vallejo, Leonor Tarrasón and Luis Cueto, moderated by Kent Larson

7pm: On Cities: Transformations

  • Introduction by Workshop mentor Kent Larson
  • Keynotes by Winy Maas, Belinda Tato, Anupama Kundoo and Tim Stonor
  • Debate by Winy Maas, Belinda Tato, Anupama Kundoo and Tim Stonor, moderated by Kent Larson

8pm: Wrap up

  • Dialogue between Norman Foster and Kent Larson

If you are interested in attending, please reserve your ticket via Eventbrite.  

The Norman Foster Foundation On Cities Workshop and Public Debates are supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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