Boarding 2014 Exhibition: European Call for Projects

Exhibition of projects selected by special jury in September 2014 in Bordeaux

Exhibition theme: Interactions

Eligibility: Open to European graduates (masters or equivalent) in architecture, design, landscape, urban design, & planning, with degree awarded in 2012-2013-2014.

Registration deadline: 18 May 2014

Description: As an interactive space, public space corresponds to all kinds of definitions

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Interview: Silvio d’Ascia (2013) with Olha Romaniuk

with Olha Romaniuk


COMPETITIONS: You moved from Italy to France in 1993. What was your decision behind moving and starting your architecture firm in Paris?


Silvio D’Ascia: Ever since I was a little boy, I wanted to be an artist and, ever since the first time I went to Paris when I was 12 years old, it was a childhood dream of mine to live in such an artistic city. After receiving my degree in Italy, I came to live in Paris and was supposed to stay only for a few months. This temporary visit turned into an opportunity for me to stay and work in France.


COMPETITIONS: How do you find the architectural scene in France compared to Italy?

SD: The main difference between Italy and France is that in Italy there was not a competition system in place in the 1990s. Every country in Europe looked at France as a place where it was possible for a young architect to participate in and win competitions, as well as be paid for competition participation and have a chance to do research even if the competition fee was not so high. During the first year of my firm in Paris, we participated in 9 public competitions. It was a great opportunity and my main reason behind the decision to stay in Paris.


COMPETITIONS: Were competitions always a part of your firm’s strategy to acquire new work or has that been a fairly recent development?

SD: Competitions have always been important for my own career as they paved the way for me in many areas. In the beginning, during my first four or five years in Paris, I was associated with another architect and we won several competitions together. And in 1999, as we went our separate ways, I entered an anonymous international competition for the Palais de Congrès, going against architects like Richard Rogers and Rafael Vinoly, with Norman Foster as the president of the jury. Massimiliano Fuksas won the competition and I received a second prize. This competition marked the beginning of Silvio d’Ascia Architecture.

One and a half years later, after the above-mentioned project, we won another competition for the Turin (Italy) high-speed railway station. This was the beginning of the next chapter of my professional experiences and projects. The Turin high-speed railway station has brought many other commissions in the railway and transport sectors for the firm.

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Congress Center of Rome (1999 design competition)


COMPETITIONS: How do you decide which competitions to go after?

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Malcolm Reading Consultants to Manage Architectural Competition for Proposed Guggenheim Helsinki

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has announced that it has engaged Malcolm Reading Consultants to manage the architectural competition for the proposed Guggenheim Helsinki museum. The open, two stage competition will be inaugurated on June 4, 2014, and is expected to run for one calendar year.

A specialist in architectural competitions for museums and arts,

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ONE Prize 2014: Smart Dock

Sponsor: ONE Lab

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Type: Open, international

Entrance Fee: $100 before June 30, $150 afterwards


1st place     US $5000 + winning entry to be developed for construction.

2nd place    US $2000

3rd place     US $1000

Languages: English

Eligiblity: The ONE Prize

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Winner Announced for RIBA Competition for a Major Mixed Use Development in the Town Centre of Maidenhead

Studio Egret West is today announced as the winner of the RIBA Competition (Royal Institute of British Architects) to be the masterplanner and lead architect for a mixed use development to reinvigorate a prominent site in Maidenhead Town Centre. Runners-up, Allies & Morrison, have also been chosen to do a major building within the scheme.

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