Open Call: On Cities Workshop


27 – 31 May 2019 | Madrid, Spain

The On Cities workshop, organized by the Norman Foster Foundation and mentored by Luis Bettencourt, Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, will explore new opportunities that integrate emerging technologies with new local information and processes of architecture and design.

Luis Bettencourt introduces the research topic as follows: ‘The world is urbanizing fast. Most of this transformation– in terms of speed and scale– is occurring in Asia and Africa, where cities are struggling to accommodate and service hundreds of millions of people. This challenge is often characterized by vast informal settlements, which in cities like Mumbai or Lagos may house the majority of the population. National and International Sustainable Development plans call for an unprecedented fast transformation, which must be understood in the context of cities and their neighbourhoods and promoted by new ways of thinking and acting’.

Ten students will be awarded scholarships to attend the workshop at the Normal Foster Foundation headquarters in Madrid, Spain, between 27 – 31 May 2019.

The team of granted scholars will be drawn from diverse backgrounds including architecture, design, engineering, humanities, technology and urban planning.

Grants will cover all transportation, accommodation and meals related to the week-long event in Madrid, Spain. Scholars will engage with an interdisciplinary Academic Body formed by mentors ranging industry, academia/institutions, consulting and NGOs.

Previous scholars have been selected from diverse institutions based in Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States.

Deadline is 28 February 2019 24:00 CET (Madrid time).