On Cities
FROM PLANNING TO SECTIONING​​​​​​​
I was one of nine scholars invited to take part in the On Cities Workshop at the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid, June 2018.
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 explored the premise that emerging urban innovations can dramatically reduce resources consumed by cities while simultaneously creating more liveable, entrepreneurial communities.
The workshop focused on Autonomous Innovative Communities, selecting a district in Madrid as a case-study for a research project that was developed throughout the week.
We engaged with a group of specialists through a series of seminars and lectures culminating in a five day workshop led by the Atelier mentor, Kent Larson, Director of MIT Media Lab City Science Group and Initiative, and his team.
The Academic Body spanned a wide range of practitioners working in different fields interrelated with the City, including: Norman Foster, President of the Norman Foster Foundation; 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. Nicholas Negroponte, Co-Founder and former Director of MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, United States acted as the Chief Advisor of the workshop through the research process.


Images of the developed project to follow shortly...
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ALL WORKS © BENJAMIN WELLS 2018.
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