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.
Sponsor: Staatliches Bauamt Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
Type: Open, two-stage
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
Sponsor: CSSC, Sainte-Croix, Centre de Soins et de Santé, Sainte-Croix / EMS SAINTE-CROIX
Type: open, one-stage
Fee: 350 CHF
Eligibility: Architects within the WTO and Switzerland
5 November 2012 – End of Q&A period
11 January 2012 – Submission
Sponsor: Office of Urban Transformations Research (OUTR), Melbourne, Australia
Type: Open, ideas, one-stage
Eligibility: Design Professionals and Students
Early Bird Registration $75.00 AUD (Before Monday 29 October, 2012)
Sponsor: Building Trust International, Karuna Cambodia
Type: Open, ideas, international, one-stage
Registration: $75.00 (Free to those entering from a developing country.)
Sponsors: Philadelphia Water Dept., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Community Design Collaborative
Type: Open, ideas
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
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
Fee: £50.00 (+VAT)
Eligibility: The competition is open to design teams
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
Sponsor: New York City Economic Development Corporation
and Hudson River Park Trust
Type: open, EOI, 2-stage
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
Student Dormitory, Universita La Sapienza, Rome – Competition (2004)
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.