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.


The exhibition will be structured around the following campaigns;

  • #GIRLS'MATTER: “Gender mainstreaming” urban design practices to reconsider cities
  • #NOADULTSALLOWED: Non-adult-oriented urban interventions that occur locally
  • #HUMOROUSLANDSCAPE: What can comedy and humor teach us about the way we live in & build our cities?
  • #DELICIOUSLANDSCAPE: Reflecting the relationship between food, eating culture, community, and our cities.
  • #EPHEMERALURBANISM: Sheding the lights on short-term, temporal, and flexible practices in cities that are in constant flux.
  • #LONELYPUBLIC: How can we design a city where people can be “alone together,” without being isolated?
  • #INVISIBLETRENDS: "Invisible" culture and trends that differ from mainstream society.
  • #EMOTIONALCITYDATA: Incorporating qualitative data into the design process.
  • #WHATAWASTE!: How can we create a circular system of urban infrastructure that allows human activities to be more just, more sustainable?

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.


Nishiike Valley , Tokyo (23th - 30th October 2021)

Nishiike Valley has opened in April 2021 in western Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Within its 3000㎡ property, it includes Japanese tradiional style house, co-working space, shared kitchen, plaza, farm, restaurants, and private roads, and rooftop.

Address: 5 Chome-12-3 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo 171-0021
HP (JP):

Bridge To, Kyoto (8th - 14th November)

Bridge to Kyoto is a residence for urbanists as well as an event, workshop, and gallery space. Anyone who considers themselves part of the phenomenon of “the city" is welcome to stay and use the space.

Address: 28-3 Jōdoji Banbachō, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, 606-8412
HP (EN / JP):

Taipei - coming soon!

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.

Confirmed Exhibitors from the idea submission

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.