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Sunday 25 September, 2pm

Title: Diving into the Future: Santander in 2100
Speakers: Maite Cantón, Cesar Córdoba

Outline: Maite Cantón and Cesar Córdoba discuss 'Diving into the future', the Spanish entry to the Biennale from VRPOLIS. Their project invites visitors to explore an imagined future of their hometown of Santander in the year 2100. They will explain which trends inspire them and the visionary changes regarding materials, urbanism, mobility, connectivity, nature spaces, culture and habits. The focus of this project is to rebuild the medium size cities of the future by applying the most innovation strategies and lots of imagination.

César Córdoba (Laredo, 1984) graduated as an architect from ETSAVa [Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Valladolid] after being studying for one year in Artesis Hogeschool of Antwerp. He has worked for several international architectural practices such as What_architecture (London, United Kingdom), Toni Gironès (Barcelona, Spain) or Forgas arquitectes (Barcelona, Spain) as an architect and urban planner. After studying a Master's degree in Restoration and Rehabilitation of Old Buildings in the Architecture School of Barcelona [ETSAB], now he is based in Santander (Spain) developing his own work and collaborating with A1arquitectos.

Maite Cantón, specializes in innovation and sustainability, areas in which she has been working for different organizations and companies since 2005. She is the inventor of the Spud Raincoat, the first bioplastic garment which has been awarded with many prizes. Currently she is working as marketing director in Dimeloami Productions and strategic planner for the International Film and Architecture Festival, the unique in Spain, organized by this company, place where she comes up with the idea for this new project VRPOLIS, Diving into the future (A sustainability and futuristic virtual building concept of the medium size cities around the world)