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 2021 Re-materializing Housing Workshop
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2021 Rematerializing Housing Workshop
As Workshop Mentor Dirk Hebel points out, ‘mainstream building practices are unsustainable. The construction sector uses an extensive amount of material resources and is responsible for the use of material compounds that are harmful to both humans and the environment. It is not enough to talk about more efficient steps to take within the existing systems, but time for a real paradigm shift.’
With a focus on the reuse of existing building materials and the discovery of material alternatives, the Norman Foster Foundation’s 2021 Re-materializing Housing Workshop invited scholars and members of its Academic Body to explore and innovate around sustainable construction practices within the framework of housing as a fundamental human right. Considering the existing built environment as a resource for future building, the Workshop aimed to continue research and practice around construction materials and methods and circular building economies.
With the participation of ten scholars selected to develop their projects under the mentorship of Dirk Hebel, the Workshop included seven seminars given by academic professors and industry professionals, working sessions and one-on-one tutoring, as well as a guided tour of the Acciona Ombú construction site and Reina Sofía Museum. Additionally, more than 250 guests were invited to attend the Public Debates moderated by chairman Tim Stonor on Wednesday 17 November, in which six members of the academic body took part. All lectures and working sessions were documented and recorded for their contents to be included in the Norman Foster Foundation’s Archive, accessible to students and researchers around the globe.
Ten scholarships were awarded to students selected by the Norman Foster Foundation’s Selection Committee. The selection process began in December 2019 with an open call shared by hundreds of universities and institutions. Using criteria based on worldwide representation and gender equality, the Selection Committee announced the final selection of students representing the following institutions:
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai, India University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, United States Confluence Institute, Paris, France
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba,Córdoba, Argentina
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek, Namibia
 Workshop participants, including scholars and members of the Academic Body, with Norman and Elena Foster and members of the Norman Foster Foundation’s team
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