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ROME 2017

21st Century River Renaissance

Layered as a historical palimpsest of unparalleled culture, there is no denying the rare beauty of Rome: the Eternal City. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about its historic river Tiber, which today is more closely linked to the words  ‘tired’, ‘rubbish’ and ‘graffiti’ than it is with ‘eternal’.

In this competition, we set our sights on this legendary river and asked the world to reimagine a new focus for the city through its waters. We challenged creatives to design a 21st century River Renaissance for Rome, and turn the Tiber river into a contemporary catalyst for change.

The internationally creative community responded with some amazing proposals!


Winner

  • Huang Shengyu
  • Chen Mengtong
  • Wu Wenhao
  • Wei Lifeng
(China)
With the development of modern Rome along the Tiber river basin. The urban scale around the Tiber river is becoming more and more narrow, and with many historical monuments lying close to the river, the modern Tiber river basin is becoming more prosperous and lively on the city layer but deserted and lonely “down there”. Focusing on this situation, a question has come out to our mind: Whether is the bad environment that leads to less attractive to the public or it is less attractivity that causes the bad environment? With this doubt, we think that currently it has several…
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Runner-up

  • Melissa Shin
(USA)
In 1762, Giovanni Battista Piranesi released six etchings of the Campo Marzio dell’antica Roma, revealing a fantastical image of Ancient Rome. While many architects have studied the drawing in terms…
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People's Choice

  • Abdur Raoof Khan
  • Saman Imran
  • Fatima Urooj
  • Devesh Mani Tripathi
(India)
Legend says Rome was founded by the twin brothers Romulus and Remus, sons of Rhea Silvia and Tiberius, Guardian of Tiber. Their story is intricately sewn with the legend of…
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Honourable Mentions

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  • Sergio Bianchi
  • Simone Fracasso
  • Simone Russo
(Italy)
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  • Charlotte Loustalot
  • Roman Joliy
(France)
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  • Andrew Kwok
  • David Majoe
(UK)
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  • Vonn Weisenberger
  • Julia Brooks
(USA)
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  • Lena Wimmer
  • Basel Hamad
  • Sebastian Gubernatis
  • Iris Huneau
(Germany)
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  • Jacqui Stacey
  • Cameron Stevenson
(Australia)

View all of our other amazing entries

Jury Members

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Francesco Lipari

OFL Architects / Cityvision

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Francesco Lipari

OFL Architects / Cityvision

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Emmanuel Jalbert

In Situ

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Emmanuel Jalbert

In Situ

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Francesco Gatti

3 Gatti Architects

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Francesco Gatti

3 Gatti Architects

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Eloise Carr

Editor, Eleven Magazine

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Eloise Carr

Editor, Eleven Magazine

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Patrik Schumacher

Zaha Hadid Architects

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Patrik Schumacher

Zaha Hadid Architects

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SET Architects

Lorenzo Catena, Onorato di Manno and Andrea Tanci

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SET Architects

Lorenzo Catena, Onorato di Manno and Andrea Tanci

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Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

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Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine