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Norman Foster Foundation presents Sustainability Workshop session supported by Rolex Institute

October 10–14, 2022

With the kind support of the Rolex Institute, The Norman Foster Foundation will host a brand-new session of its Sustainability Workshop from October 10–14, 2022.

While it is necessary to protect human life in the face of climate change, understanding nature’s complex systems is essential to ensuring a high standard of living for all living creatures. What if there was no separation between people and ecosystems? What if we could turn our garbage into food for other living things?

Through an emphasis on environmental design, urban self-sufficiency, and building-integrated nature, these are some of the fundamental questions that motivate the next iteration of the 2022 Norman Foster Foundation’s Sustainability Workshop. Scholars will work to create projects and prototypes over the course of this week-long program that show the transformative power of merging ecological, human, and technical knowledge.

A five-day event led by Claudia Pasquero, Co-founder of ecoLogicStudio in London, Landscape Architecture Professor at University of Innsbruck and Associated Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture. and Marco Poleto, Co-founder and Director of the architectural practice ecoLogicStudio, the workshop will include seminars and lectures focussing upon environmental design, urban self-sufficiency and building-integrated nature.

The Workshop’s Academic Body brings together a wide range of practitioners from different fields related to biointegrated and ecologic design. The Academic Body includes: Stefano Boeri, Founder and Director of Stefano Boeri Archiecti; Cristina Iglesias, Spanish Artist and Sculptor; Mitchell Joachim, Co-founder of Terreform ONE and Associate Professor of Practice at New York University; Mohsen Mostafavi, Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design and Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University; Brenda Parker, Associate Professor of Sustainable Bioprocess Design at the Department of Biochemical Engineering of University College London; Claudia Pasquero, Co-founder of ecoLogicStudio in London, Landscape Architecture Professor at Innsbruck University and Associated Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture; Katie Paterson, Scottish Artist; Marco Poletto, Co-founder of ecoLogicStudio in London; andarchitect, theorist and urban planner, Moshe Safdie.

After reviewing hundreds of applications submitted by candidates from around the world, the selection committee awarded ten scholarships to students from the following universities and institutions: Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL); the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna; Westminster University; Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD); the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and RIBA’s Bachelors of Architecture at the Confluence Institute for Creative Strategies and Innovation in Architecture. 

Public debates: Tuesday, October 11 from 7–8pm
Fundación Francisco Giner de los Ríos, Paseo del General Martínez Campos 14, Madrid, Spain

Speakers include Claudia PasqueroMarco PolettoCristina Iglesias, Mohsen MostafaviBrenda ParkerNorman Foster and Moshe Safdie.

Limited spaces are reserved for press. If you are interested in attending the Public Debate, please contact us at press [​at​]

If you are interested in attending the public debates above, please register via Eventbrite.

The Norman Foster Foundation Sustainability Workshop and Public Debates are supported by the Rolex Institute.

Norman Foster Foundation
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