Carrara Thermal Baths Competition

Submission: May 08, 2016
Registration: May 08, 2016
Language: English
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Prizes: 1st Prize: 3000€, 2nd Prize: 1000€, 3rd Prize: 500€
Type: Open


The contest, called Carrara Thermal Baths, looks for two concept: RE-NATURALIZE and RE-STORE. Let’s think for a moment. How can our actions contribute to nature? That’s what the contestant must investigate and propose. Projects do not start from scratch since there is no place ever inhabited, with stories, cultures or ways of living that should be part of the experience of this location.

The landscape condition of a quarry has its own characteristics, different to any other natural place, because it is a space where the artificiality has been imposed from different processes such as the extraction of materials, mobility of heavy machinery, meeting places for workers… All these processes generate a landscape with predetermined qualities.
The location proposed is Carrara Marble Quarries in the province of
Massa and Carrara (Tuscany), region of Italy. Although participants are free to choose the intervention area, from reTH!NKING, we have selected an area where the topography has different staggered plains. These spaces are characterized by streams of water that flow over them in rainy season.
Carrara is located at the coast of Liguria sea and has as background the Apuan Alps, where the coexistence of diverse landscapes takes place. The enclave has no physical barriers which separate the zone of action from the rest, therefore, it is possible to define the limits of the intervention. The location is linked to the city by different paths that descend from the mountains. Due to the slope, these paths have a characteristic zigzag morphology throughout the landscape.
ll students and architects or related professions anywhere in the world can participate in the contest. Participation can be individual or in groups, being eight (8) the maximum number of members. Team members can be from all disciplines (artists, philosophers, photographers, etc.), without being necessary, although advisable, the presence of an architect or architecture student. It is allowed that members are from different universities and countries.
The price of registration is the price that each participating team much pay, regardless of the number of members. In case that one team or participant wants to submit more than one proposal for the same competition must register twice (or as many as want to present projects) paying the appropriate fee each time. Under no circumstances should the participation of any juror, or anyone organizing professional agency relationship with any of the above will be accepted.
A total prize of 4.500 € will be distributed as follows:
First prize:
3.000 € + 2000€ grant for Master’s degree MArch Valencia
Second prize:1.000 €
Third prize:500 €
• Magazine publications
• Blogs/architecture webs publications
• reTHINKING official publiction
+ 10 Honorable Mentions
Participants must submit a single A1 (59.4 x 84.1 cm) landscape
(horizontal) where the registration code (order number, #0000 or #00000) obtained at the time of registration must appear. Remember checking the spam inbox. You must also choose a
Slogan or title for your project.
This CODE must be placed in the panel in the upper right corner.
together with a SLOGAN which can be placed anywhere. Panels delivered in vertical or without the code and slogan can be excluded from the competition. The file must be a JPEG, and it must be less than 8 mb.
We will also ask the team to submit a .doc document with a summary of the project in 90 words and a representative picture of it. This will be used for a future publication.
You will receive more specific instructions on this matter once you
complete the inscription. The documentation included in the panels will be the necessary to understand the project, each participant can choose: graphic representations, model pictures, perspectives, sketches, renderings, texts, etc.
The jury will evaluate the quality of architectural design and its
clear presentation and general composition. Shall not be required, although it will be appreciated, to solve the project construction or structural systems. Not necessary to have into account standards established, urban or constructive.
The project must be understood mainly through the artwork. In the
sheet may be included text, although the presence of a large amount is not recommended. The official language of the competition is English, any text written in another language will not be considered.
Models can’t not be delivered. When payment confirmation email is sent to the person registered a document with instructions and forms for the team are included. Always check the spam box.