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On Sustainable Cities by Norman Foster Institute

The On Sustainable Cities course at Norman Foster Institute addresses wide-ranging issues that cities face while enhancing student's understanding and interpretation of data.

School: Norman Foster Institute
Course: On Sustainable Cities
Location: Madrid, Spain
Course dates: January 2024 to November 2024
Application deadline: 1 September 2023

The Norman Foster Foundation has launched the Norman Foster Institute which is accepting applications now for its first academic programme, starting in Madrid in January 2024.

On Sustainable Cities will combine practical on-site experience with academic input from the foundation's network of international experts, led by co-directors Norman Foster and Kent Larson. Each year, scholars will visit three pilot cities to engage directly with their planners and managers.

The 36-week programme consists of three stages: Foundations, Transformations and Interventions, with time divided between classrooms, cities and studios.

The NFI Lab will support the scholars in the development of sustainability strategies for the pilot cities, using artificial intelligence, augmented reality and interactive interfaces coupled with data-driven and evidence-based design methods to allow students to explore, test and evaluate their interventions.

The course will address wide-ranging issues of cities that could be applicable all over the world, as well as informal settlements and suburbia.

For instance, leadership, advocacy, communication, presentation, diagramming, mapping and the understanding and interpretation of data.

Towards the end of the year, the scholars will present their findings to the city administration, the lessons from these real-life experiences will be documented and presented in a public event.

Applications to this course have now closed.

Top image: Pablo Gómez-Ogando / Norman Foster Institute

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