As partner of the project, COAL is pleased to inform you that PALIMPSEST project has just launched the Open Call “Creative Dialogues”. In short, the project is seeking architects, designers, artists, and creative agents from all over Europe, eager to work on imagining and experimenting with new ways to respond to environmental problems in three exemplary landscape laboratories, Łódź in Poland, Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, and Milan in Italy. The call is open until September 18th 2023!

PALIMPSEST is an EU-funded research initative aiming at re-shaping landscapes through co-creation of sustainable solutions that connect human actions, heritage and sustainability, using innovative practices in architecture, design, and art.

This open call invites creative minds interested in working with us in three exemplary landscape laboratories:

  • Łódź (PL), UNESCO city of films with a unique industrial heritage, fighting against multiple pollution problems (water, air and soils) while regenerating industrial urban landscape to give birth to a new urban.


  • Jerez de la Frontera (ES), an Andalusian wine cultural landscape challenged by the competition for land use between agriculture, tourism and energy production.


  • Milan (IT) focusing on the landscape around the river Lambro, also shaped by ancient irrigation practices emitting from multiple water sources, nowadays struggling with threatening water scarcity issues.


In each landscape, PALIMPSEST promotes collaborative experiments grounded on design, art practices, and architecture. COAL is the French partner specifically dedicated to the artistic and cultural challenges of the project. We are looking for 3 creatives who will join us in the design, organization, and development of two residential workshops (one in 2024 and the second in 2025) in the pilot landscapes of their choice.

On these occasions, design, art practices and architecture will dialogue with place-specific needs and broad systemic challenges to imagine a new future for these three landascape laboratories.

If you feel ready to take on this challenge you can read the full call announcement down below:


(the deadline is September 18th 12pm CEST)



You can find a full description of the procedure in the call announcement. Here just a summary of the key steps:

  1. Candidature Application
  2. Team and individual application: deadline September 18th, 12pm
  3. Shortlisted teams’ selection: by October 13th (3 finalists per pilot, 9 candidates in total)
  1. Final Selection Process
  2. Creative Meetings: 2 sessions between end of October and December 2023 (online)
  3. Final submission: January 15th 2024
  1. Kick-off
  2. Welcome Event February 2024 (online)
  3. Residential  workshops 1st cycle: spring – summer 2024
  4. Residential  workshops 2nd cycle: spring – summer 2025



A team of experts will accompany the Dialogues’ process, assess all candidatures, and interact with the applicants. The experts team is composed of 5 internationally renowned experts and members of Palimpsest consortium including scholars, practitioners, artists and local stakeholders.


A fee of 5,000 euros is paid to each selected applicant (team or individual) per week of residency and follow-up prototyping work. The fee is meant to:

  1. enable him/her to carry out his/her creation, research, or experimentation activity outside his/her usual creation place, in accordance with the primary vocation of the residency
  2. participate in the online periodic meetings that will follow the residency to design the prototyping and other follow up activities

An additional budget will be allocated to each pilot landscape to further develop and prototype the ideas developed during the residential workshops and follow-up activities as outputs of the collaboration between all involved parties.



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