The first Digital-X workshop of the Norman Foster Foundation starts this week

January 15, 2018

What does architecture have to do with the digital world? What happens when the natural world and the digital world are the same? How does society change when direct brain communication occurs among humans, and between humans and machines? These kinds of questions and many more will be discussed in the Workshop that, supported by Future Planet Capital, aims to approach a porous and diffuse digital world that has become the DNA of worlds such as discovery, invention and expression.

With conferences, seminars, tutorials and architectural visits that take place in the Spanish capital, ten students will write their essays about Digital X, led by the cofounder and former director of the MIT Media Lab, Nicholas Negroponte, who describes the Workshop this way: ‘This week is about that kinship, that of architecture and of the digital world: how the two play together now and how they will change the world together, going forward. Fasten your seatbelts. Our plan is to discuss things that are outrageous today and will be commonplace tomorrow’.

On Tuesday 16 January, there will be a series of public debates held at the Salón de Actos of the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM) which will consist of:

  • Keynote by Nicholas Negroponte
  • Dialogue between Hugh Herr and Kent Larson, moderated by Ricky Burdett
  • Dialogue between Greg Lynn and Benedetta Tagliabue,  moderated by Luis Fernández-Galiano
  • Dialogue between Norman Foster and Amanda Levete, moderated by Jonathan Glancey

The event will be open to the general public, free entry until full capacity. If you are interested in attending, please contact us at