Zero Gravity Urbanism Exhibition

Zero Gravity Urbanism Exhibition


student residency program


17 > 23 July 2023


NEOM, in collaboration with Iuav, organizes a residential workshop as part of their exhibition Zero Gravity Urbanism Exhibition educational programme, open to 5 students from Saudi Arabia and 5 Iuav students from the master's degree course in Architecture and Planning and urban design (both English and Italian taught programmes).


All participants will be hosted free of charge on the Venice International University (VIU) campus.


application deadline: 3 July 2023


admitted partecipants >>



the programme



Zero Gravity Urbanism



Design proposals to include A1 posters, digital presentations, and 3D models.

Opportunity for selected design proposals to be presented at NEOM (October 2023).


Design project description

The student residency programme proposes to discuss the current global urban challenges – like the growing demand for urban land, the current unsustainable urbanization models, the rising social and economic inequalities, and climate change – and reflect upon the future of urbanism through the lenses of Zero Gravity Urbanism.


The design studios focus on short, intensive projects involving one-on-one guidance from design instructors, group discussions and reviews about design work, training sessions in graphics and model-making skills, and individual presentations to instructors and guest professionals.


The students will be given a context of a generic neighbourhood with a site boundary and defined parameters such as population, density, and land-use proportion.


The experimental nature of this workshop will allow students to test, visualize, and analyze the potential of their projects by working in groups while using 3D printers to run production simultaneously.


The daily programme is organised into two parts:

Morning session: mainly dedicated to introducing students to the future of urbanism and principles of Zero Gravity Urbanism through site visits, lectures, and discussions. It also includes working sessions of 3D printing with a hands-on approach.

Afternoon session: mainly organized under a learn-by-doing format, inviting the participant students to learn from their own design experience.


detailed programme >>



who can apply


The Zero Gravity Urbanism Exhibition – student residency program is open to 5 students from the master's degree course in Architecture and Planning and urban design (both English and Italian taught programmes).


The programme will be entirely delivered in English.

Non-native English speakers are therefore required to have at least B2/C1 language skills.



how to participate


To apply, please register online  by 3 July 2023.

Besides personal data, CV, portfolio and motivational letter are to be submitted.


The ranking of the admitted participants will be drawn up on the following scores:

a) maximum 30 points for the weighted average on the application closing date

b) maximum 20 points for CV and portfolio

c) maximum 10 points for the motivational letter


The ranking list of admitted participants will be published by 10 July 2023 and made public exclusively through a notice published on this page.


Participation is individual.



university credits and open badge


2 cfu type D for all participants


An open badge in recognition of the skills acquired will also be issued at the end of the experience.





promozione e orientamento

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