Open Call

Global Exhibition For Cities Week 2021

A city as a work of art

Exhibition mockup


We believe that a city could be a work of art — a place that we can make and change with our own hands, a place where we don’t merely dwell. The French philosopher Henri Lefebvre once claimed the right to be part of the city as an “oeuvre”, i.e. the right to belong to, and to co-produce, urban spaces. This is the thing that we believe gives life to our everyday urban lives, and that creates personalities and stories in cities to make them worth living in.

For Cities Week 2021 is more than an exhibition — it is a festival that takes place in three Asian cities: Tokyo, Kyoto, and Taipei, with the possibility to expand even more into the rapidly changing urban landscape across Asia in the upcoming years. It includes exhibitions, workshops, events, performances, pop-up shops, meetups, lectures, and short term projects over the course of one week per location to connect members of the for Cities network and discover new talent to take collective action.

This is an opportunity where ideas that have been submitted to the for Cities platform will be presented to the general public, as well as for local urbanists to meet each other and find future collaborators. This open call provides emerging and under-recognized urbanists based in Asia with the necessary resources to present an exhibition in For Cities Week 2021. The selected ideas will receive support from a for Cities team in preparation for the exhibition, including a studio visit, installation guidance, and other opportunities depending on the nature of the work.

Open call deadline

1 August 2021


Max. 100 ideas

We are looking for

  • Visual presentations
    Independent work(s), project(s), or practice(s) that are related to architecture or urbanism and that are either ongoing or have been completed within the past 5 years that have presentable output, such as pictures, videos, products, books, etc.
  • Workshops
    A participatory workshop, performance or installation
  • Publications, or other types of product
    Books, magazines, and other products that concern the theme of the exhibition


  • There are no limitations concerning age, religion, sexual preference, or background.
  • Applicants don't necessarily have to hold a nationality of a Asian country. Anyone whose work concerns the continent of Asia or a larger scope are encouraged to apply.
  • Both individuals and groups are accepted.
  • There is no limit to the number of ideas an applicant can submit.


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How to apply

Applying to For Cities Week is easy. Simply sign up with our registration form and register your idea on the for Cities platform. Your idea will be automatically posted on for Cities once you complete the necessary information. We’ll contact you for further information if your idea gets selected. You can find a step by step registration guide here.

Do you have a question?

If you have any questions regarding the application, please send us an email or drop a line on our community Discord.