Save the Date | Norman Foster Institute’s ‘Cities Beyond Earth’ Public Debates

The Norman Foster Foundation announces the first public event of the newly launched Norman Foster Institute that will be held on Monday 22 January 2024 at 6:30 p.m. in Madrid.

The ‘Cities Beyond Earth’ Public Debates will explore the remarkable confluence of space colonies and the sustainability of our cities on Earth. As humanity increasingly ventures into the cosmos, the lessons learned from building and maintaining self-contained habitats beyond our planet hold immense relevance for the cities we inhabit today. Our world faces unprecedented challenges, from climate change to resource scarcity, and the urgency to create more resilient, sustainable urban environments has never been greater. By studying space colonies, we can gain critical insights into efficient resource management, closed-loop ecosystems, and innovative technologies that can be harnessed to improve the sustainability and resilience of our terrestrial cities to avert the collapse of our model to inhabit the Earth.

The Public Debates will be moderated by Tim Stonor, Member of the Advisory Board, Norman Foster Foundation, Madrid, Spain; Managing Director, Space Syntax, London, United Kingdom

With an introduction by Norman Foster, President, Norman Foster Foundation; Co-Director, Norman Foster Institute, Madrid, Spain; Advocate of the United Nations Forum of Mayors; Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners

And keynotes and debate between the following experts:

  • Dava Newman, Norman Foster Institute Honorary Dean; Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, United States
  • Xavier De Kestelier, Global Head of Design, Hassell, London, United Kingdom
  • Marc Guberman, Senior Partner, Designer, Foster + Partners, Los Angeles, California, CA, United States

The Public Debates are free and open to the public, with a limited capacity, after registering via Eventbrite. Access is granted on a first-come basis. Please note that registration does not guarantee entry once full capacity has been reached. The public debate will be held in English without translation.