Post+Capitalist City: Ideas for a city with another culture of living and dwelling!

Sponsor: collage (Berlin, Germany)

Type: open, ideas, international

Languages: English, German, French

Fees: 30/50 Euros

Eligibility: Students, architects, urban planners, designers, artists and all active thinkers are invited to submit their ideas and share their visions.


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Museum of Bavarian History, Regensburg

Sponsor: Staatliches Bauamt Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

Type: Open, two-stage

Language: German

Fee: 100 Euros

Eligibility: to architects residing in countries belonging to WTO and EU who fulfill the requirements of size of firm, income, and realized project size.

Museum size: 7,000m²

Total compensation for

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EMS SAINTE-CROIX, construction d’un EMS de 70 lits (Clinic in Sainte-Croix, Switzerland)

Sponsor: CSSC, Sainte-Croix, Centre de Soins et de Santé, Sainte-Croix / EMS SAINTE-CROIX

Type: open, one-stage

Fee: 350 CHF

Language: French

Eligibility: Architects within the WTO and Switzerland


160,000 CHF


5 November 2012 – End of Q&A period

11 January 2012 – Submission

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Latrobe City: Transiting Cities – Low Carbon Futures

Sponsor: Office of Urban Transformations Research (OUTR), Melbourne, Australia

Type: Open, ideas, one-stage

Language: English

Eligibility: Design Professionals and Students

Group/Firm registration:

Early Bird Registration $75.00 AUD (Before Monday 29 October, 2012)

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Cambodian Sustainable Housing

Sponsor: Building Trust International, Karuna Cambodia

Type: Open, ideas, international, one-stage

Language: English



Registration: $75.00 (Free to those entering from a developing country.)


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Infill Philadelphia: Soak it Up! Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods through Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Sponsors: Philadelphia Water Dept., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Community Design Collaborative

Type: Open, ideas

Language: English

Location: Philadelphia

Eligibility: Each submission must come from an integrated design team consisting of a minimum of three licensed professionals, including at least one civil engineer, one architect and

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Great Fen Visitor Centre

Sponsor: Great Fen – a partnership which comprises the Environment Agency, Huntingdonshire District Council, Middle Level Commissioners, Natural England and The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Type: Open, 2-stage, 1st stage anonymous

Language: English

Fee: £50.00 (+VAT)

Eligibility: The competition is open to design teams

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breathe: The New Urban Village Project A competition to design and build a new place for living in the Central City

Sponsors: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE); Christchurch City Council; Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) /Christchurch City Development Unit (CCDU)

Type, open, two-stage, international

Fee: none

Language: English

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Change the Course: NYC Waterfront Construction Competition

Sponsor: New York City Economic Development Corporation

and Hudson River Park Trust

Type: open, EOI, 2-stage

Language: English

Fee: none

Eligibility: individuals and/or teams which can include policy experts, engineering firms, contractors, manufacturers, developers, construction managers, environmental engineers, entrepreneurs, academic institutions, or students, as well

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Interview: Franco Purini (Winter 2007/2008)

Student Dormitory, Universita La Sapienza, Rome – Competition (2004)

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COMPETITIONS: Since you are interested in planning and ‘The City of the Future,’ one might imagine that someplace like the United States, where a building is here today and gone tomorrow, orr entire districts for that matter, would be more fertile ground for you, rather than Italy, where city cores are eternally preserved. How can one understand the ‘City of the Future’ here, against the background of Italian urban tradition?


Franco Purini: In Italy many think that the problems of the future in our country can be resolved only within the framework of preservation and restoration. Therefore, many think that we have enough (large) cities, where it is only necessary for them to deal with their own evolutionary process, taking into consideration their own history. As a result, the ‘Italian culture,’ not the ‘architectural culture,’ the culture that expresses the essence of the country, has a tendency to belive that something new is in someway an accessory, a corrective or an improvement, something marginal. To them, what is important is the presence of antiquity.

I have found this vision very limiting and restrictive, because even if Italy has a great presence of historical evidence, it also has a great need to have a strong tie with contemporary thought. Therefor it is necessary to add to the framework of that patrimonial conservation the politics and the implementation of new available knowledge, new strategies where needed. That should provide a relationship between our country’s ideas and contemporary global development.

What is the effect of the current politics of preservation? The core or center of the historical city, like Sienna, is perfectly preserved as well as can be expected; and granting that such a thing is possible, this city expands without any planning, creating a suburban area. Therefore cities like Sienna, Pisa, and Venice just to name a few, have horrendous suburbs. it would be much more interesting to preserve the historical centers for what they are, and then the new districts which are needed should be built according to a well coordinated design, just as if they were new cities or neighborhoods as part of that existing city.

In Italy today, especially in the north, the diffused city prevails, a variety of the American sprawl, so that in the end there is no more an identity to these places. There aren’t any places, there is nothing!


COMPETITIONS: In China, for instance, they are building many cities next to old ones, for as many as 50,000 inhabitants.

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