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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’ then it is with ‘eternal’.

We invite you to design a 21st century River Renaissance for Rome, and turn the Tiber river into a new focus for the city by adding a contemporary layer to its eternity.


Intro

Throughout history, water has come to define Rome’s identity, power and beauty.

Legend has it that Rome was born from the Tiber river and as it grew into an empire, water continued to play a pivotal role in its expansion and prosperity. Aqueducts, bath houses and hospitals were not only unprecedented technological feats, but ones which placed water as a central element in Roman life, forever solidifying its status, dominance and influence in the western world.

As Rome reawakened in Baroque times, water once again became the driving force for its renewal. Popes and patrons showcased their wealth and power by adorning the city with beautiful fountains, which helped define the Rome we still experience today.

Through this competition, we turns to water once again as a muse for change.

Today, water has come to represent a very different reality for Rome.

Unlike other famous cities around the world, Rome does not have an active relationship with its river. Beautiful bridges serve to stitch together the city, but the actual river’s edge remains overlooked.

The Tiber flows below city level by approximately 10 meters, in essence existing as a parallel sunken dimension to the otherwise bustling city life above.

Its wide banks are neglected and unwelcoming. Despite their prime location nestled in the heart of Rome, they remain wasted deserted spaces. At city level, Rome’s once romantic Lungotevere has becomes a congested loud vehicular artery, which pollutes the senses and the environment.

And yet, the Tiber keeps flowing steadily with untapped potential as it snakes through the city, just a stone’s throw away from the many historic sites which seem to have turned their back on it.

In parallel to the progressive degradation of the river, the Rome of today is the protagonist of an increasingly growing polemic.

Rome has had many lives as it reacted to social, political and technological revolutions throughout history. The city has adapted time and time again, emerging victorious in the eyes of change through a renewed and improved identity. This has helped guarantee Rome’s continued presence on a global stage for more than two thousand years.

Today, however, many suggest that Rome is struggling to keep up with contemporary life, inadequate and unwilling to once again adapt, leaving it almost frozen in time.

In itself, this is a huge challenge. How do you marry the complexities of a millennial history with our contemporary lifestyle?

Many see the answers in opposing views which either ask for Rome to be preserved untouched at the expense of innovation, or radically developed at the expense of history. We see the answers reflected in the untapped potentials of the river, where both innovation and history have space to co-exist.

Focus

This competition seeks to engage with the idea of adding a contemporary layer of life onto Rome’s millennial urban fabric by using the river and its water as a rekindling element between the past and the future.

Using Rome as a muse, you are the creative in control to interpret what the outcome of this challenge represents for both the city and yourself. There are no limits, only endless possibilities to develop into visionary concepts and designs.

Here are some questions for you to consider:

Is it about revolution, evolution or conservation? Is it a loud intervention or a series of subtle ones? Is it about leisure and lifestyle? About nature? Architecture? Green transportation solutions to add a layer of connective tissue to the city? Does it engage with new technologies? How will the designs deal with the additional environmental challenges, such as the occasional violent tidal surges which sweep through the river? Will proposals be limited to an area of the Tiber, the whole urban river bank, or extend out into the surrounding urban context beyond the confines of the river itself?

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PLEASE NOTE:
This section does not represent a full Brief, but should be seen as an introductory synopsis on the focus of this competition. A full, in-depth PDF competition brief will be 
accessible and downloadable after registration which expands on the online text and has full information on the rules and regulations, submission requirements, and submission process.

 

Aims

Eleven’s Rome 2017 competition is an international ideas and design challenge that seeks to address Rome’s current issues by asking the international creative community three key questions:

1) What would a contemporary river renaissance look like in Rome?

2) Can the city live up to its eternity and incorporate within its layers of history a more contemporary lifestyle?

3) Can this consolidate the Tiber into a new model of Roman life for this millennium: transforming its waters from a passive element to an active, integrated and renewed part of the city?


Submission

Two A1 sheets and 500 words explanatory text per team. Physical models are optional but encouraged. Projects to be submitted online by the 11th May 2017 by 11AM (UK Time).

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Jury

Meet our panel of world class experts and fellow designers!

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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

Eleven Magazine

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Eloise Carr

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

Eleven Magazine

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Andrea Verenini

Eleven Magazine

The 8th Judge

This is you! We will be exhibiting all of the submissions on our website and give the general public the chance to vote for their favourites. The entry that will accumulate more online votes will win the People’s Choice Award and £100!

Fees

  • Early Bird: £60 per team
  • Standard: £80 per team
  • Late Bloomer: £100 per team

Please Note:
Maximum 4 people per team, one submission per entry fee.

Schedule

  • 11 January: Competition is officially announced.
  • 11 February: Registration Opens. Early Bird discounted fee applies.
  • 1 March: Early Bird discounted fee ends. Standard Registration fee applies.
  • 1 May: Standard Registration fee ends. Late fee applies.
  • 11 May @ 11AM (UK Time): Competition closes. All entries are due for submission!
  • 14 May: Public voting opens online for People’s Choice Award.
  • 10 July @ 11.59PM (UK Time): Public voting closes online for People’s Choice Award.
  • 11 July: Winners and awarded entries are announced. Time to celebrate!

Awards

the
Winner

£2,000 cash prize (per team)

Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners.

Induction in Eleven’s Hall of Fame.

One Free Entry Voucher (per team) for future Eleven competitions.

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Runner-up

£400 cash prize (per team)

Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners.

One Free Entry Voucher (per team) for future Eleven competitions.

Honourable Mentions

No cash prize (boo)… but lots of glory nonetheless (yay)!

Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners

One Free Entry Voucher (per team) for future Eleven competitions.

People's Choice

£100 cash prize (per team)

Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners.

Induction in Eleven’s Hall of Fame.

One Free Entry Voucher (per team) for future Eleven competitions.

Competition Sponsors, Friends & Official Media Partners

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FAQ

  • Q1: Who can register?
  • A1: Anyone is welcome to register, be it students and professionals alike.
  • Q2: How many people are allowed per team?
  • A2: A maximum of four people are allowed per team.
  • Q3: How many projects can one team submit? 
  • A3: There is one project per entry required. Teams who wish to compete with multiple designs can register their team multiple times.
  • Q4: Where can I access the full brief? 
  • A4: A full PDF brief, containing all of the competition materials and detailed information, will be accessible once you register for the competition. If you have any questions about the brief or the competition prior to entering, please email a member of our team on info@eleven-magazine.com. Be sure to put ‘ROME 2017’ as the subject line the email so that we can prioritise your response and get to you quicker.
  • Q5: When do we have to give you the names of all the members of the team? Before or after the payment of the fee?
  • A5: After. You can add/remove/update your team members through your competition portal, which you will gain access to after you register. You will be able to amend this until the day you submit your project.
  • Q6: How do I submit my work?
  • A6: Online through your competition portal, which you get access to once you register. More information about submission criteria is found on the competition brief which you will be able to download once you register… so don’t leave your registration to the last minute!
  • Q7: How do I register for the competition?
  • A7: Simply click on ‘JOIN’ and follow the instructions. Please note that you will have to have an account with Eleven before you register, but this takes 2 minutes to do and is 100% FREE. We value our user community and your privacy. All account details are strictly confidential to Eleven.
  • Q8: What forms of payment do you accept?
  • A8: You can either pay directly with your PayPal account or with your Credit/Debit card. This will give you instant access. Alternatively, we also accept Bank Transfers, but in this case your registration will be activated as soon as payments clear in our account only. This may take 5-7 days from when you instruct your bank, so if you are planning to pay via Bank Transfer, please leave yourself plenty of time.
  • Q9: Are there any discounts for multiple teams entering the competition?
  • A9: Yes, there are! If you are a practice, an academic institution or a university who wishes to enter multiple teams in the competition, then please email us in regards on info@eleven-magazine.com for more information. Be sure to put ‘ROME 2017’ as the subject line the email so that we can prioritise your response and get to you quicker.