January 10, 2018 - Norman Foster Foundation - Digital X Workshop 2018
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January 10, 2018
January 10, 2018

Norman Foster Foundation

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Digital X Workshop 2018
January 15–19, 2018

Public Debates: January 16, 6–8:30pm, Norman Foster, Hugh Herr, Kent Larson, Amanda Levete, Greg Lynn, Nicholas Negroponte, Benedetta Tagliabue
COAM, C/ Hortaleza 63, 28004, Madrid, Spain

Norman Foster Foundation
Monte Esquinza 48 28010 Madrid, Spain

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The Norman Foster Foundation Digital X Workshop will take place on January 15–19, 2018, supported by Future Planet Capital.

"All things digital are simultaneously local and global, large and small, inside and outside of a given boundary," states Atelier mentor Nicholas Negroponte. "The digital world is not crisp; it is porous and diffuse. It brings together previously separate worlds, like those of discovery, invention and expression. It does that because it has become the DNA of each. Architecture does that too."

What happens when the natural world and the artificial world become one and the same? How does society change when direct brain communication occurs among humans, and between humans and machines? The workshop will focus on this kinship, that of architecture and the digital world, how the two play together now, and how they will change the world together, going forward, discussing things that, outrageous today, will be commonplace tomorrow. 

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: Architecture and Geomatics, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Architecture and Urbanismo Faculty (USP), Sao Paolo, Brazil; Bartlett School of Architecture, London, UK; Centre for Urban Science and Engineering IIT, Bombay, India; City Futures Research Centre, University New South Wales, Australia; National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore; Stanford Department of Civil and Environmental, California, US; Technion Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv, Israel; Technische Universiteit Delft (TU), The Netherlands and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

These ten students will develop an essay on theme of Digital X tutored by a group of specialists through a series of seminars and lectures culminating in a five day workshop led by the Atelier mentor, Nicholas Negroponte, co-founder and former director of MIT Media Lab. 

The Academic Body includes: Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age Programme; Luis Fernández-Galiano, Professor at ETSAM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Director of AV/Arquitectura Viva; Norman Foster, President of the Norman Foster Foundation; Jonathan Glancey, Architectural critic and writer; Hugh Herr, Co-Director of the MIT Center for Extreme Bionics; Kent Larson, Director of MIT City Science Initiative; Amanda Levete, Founder and Principal of AL_A; Greg Lynn, Professor at UCLA School of Arts and Architecture; Farshid Moussavi, Principal of Farshid Moussavi Architecture and Benedetta Tagliabue, Principal of Miralles Tagliabue EMB Architects.

The Digital X Workshop will include seminars, lectures, one-to-one tutoring and architectural tours to learn more about the context of Madrid. Architectural critic and writer Jonathan Glancey will act as the Editor-in-Chief of the workshop tutoring the students to think ahead and to elaborate an essay with their personal view on the subject.  

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. During the course of the workshops, participants will have the opportunity to engage with the Norman Foster Foundation’s archive and research projects.

Public Debates

January 16, 2018 at Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos Madrid – COAM (Hortaleza, 63, 28004 Madrid, Spain)

6–6:30pm: Keynote by Nicholas Negroponte
6:30–7pm: Dialogue between Hugh Herr and Kent Larson, moderated by Ricky Burdett
7–7:30pm: Dialogue between Greg Lynn and Benedetta Tagliabue,  moderated by Luis Fernández-Galiano
7:30–8pm: Dialogue between Norman Foster and Amanda Levete, moderated by Jonathan Glancey

If you are interested in attending please email us.

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