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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

‘Future is Now’, Norman Foster Foundation opens

On 1 June Madrid’s Royal Theater was the venue of ‘Future is Now,’ a forum that brought together leading personalities from the economic, technological, and artistic fields will be participating, from the Chief Executive Officer of the world’s largest financial information company, Michael Bloomberg, to the Chief Design Officer of Apple, Jonathan Ive, passing through the chairman of MIT Media Lab, Nicholas Negroponte, architects like Alejandro Aravena, artists like Olafur Eliasson and Cornelia Parker, and journalists like Christiane Amanpour.

Norman Foster, Elena Ochoa, Luis Fernández-Galiano, and Ricky Burdett are the trustees, and María Nicanor the director, of the foundation, whose mission is to look after the architect’s archives (consisting of over 74,000 documents) while promoting research and development projects of a visionary nature, such as the Droneport, a prototype station for drones serving the needs of the African continent. All these activities will be organized from a palace that Joaquín Saldaña built for the Duke of Plasencia on Calle Monte Esquinza in Madrid, which has been expanded with an exquisite glass pavilion and a lightweight canopy by the sculptor Cristina Iglesias. Here, from now on, visitors will be able to admire not only drawings and models by Foster, but also some of the finest pieces of his personal art and architecture collection, such as the mythical Forme uniche della contuiuità nello spazio by Boccioni and L’Oiseau dans l’espace by Brancusi, not to mention the no less mythical Voisin car of Le Corbusier.
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