Submission: October 07, 2016
Registration: September 30, 2016
Language: English, Spanish
Location: Malaga, Spain
Prizes: Please see details below 
Type: Open


The Higher School of Architecture of Málaga and Financiera y Minera S.A., through the Chair of Innovative Construction Materials (CIMC) announce the I International Ideas Competition for architects and students of architecture in their graduation project.

The main aim of this competition is to promote architects and young architects’ capacity to think about the needs of an urban or architectonic problem and to offer original solutions, in order to develop new ideas or concepts that will require new technic and technological goals, and keep an ongoing process.


The subject of this I International Ideas Competition is to design a project in order to redefine the seafront of the current Ciudad de Melilla Promenade in Málaga.

During the last decades, the city of Málaga has developed several urban actions of high importance (historic centre, Ensanche Heredia, Muelle 1…) resulting in the creation of new pedestrian walks and public spaces in detriment of the road traffic. These urban actions are not only developed according to mobility factors, as they have generated new social, cultural, and commercial relationships; for the benefit of their inhabitants and the tourism of the city.

In a similar conceptual operation, the Ciudad de Melilla Promenade is seen as a space full of opportunities in order to create some public areas through the relocation of on surface car parks. The new designed public space is expected to longitudinally generate a strong pedestrian axis that connects Muelle 1, the Lighthouse, and Pablo Ruiz Picasso Promenade; and transversely improve the accessibility of the inhabitants and visitors to the beach.

The area of action is limited to the north by the beachfront buildings, to the south by the beach of La Malagueta, to the east by the restaurant Antonio Martín, and to the west by the roundabout next to the Lighthouse; as it is indicated at the site plan layout attached to these rules.


The nature of this contest is that of an Ideas Competition, expressed in a preliminary level of the project. The competition will be presided by a board and will be resolved in an only phase.


The competition is open to every professional architect or student of architecture in his graduation project, from Spain or any other country. Every contestant can only submit a unique proposal.


Design of proposals must be original and unpublished.

The documentation has to be presented under a SLOGAN, this one should appear on the right top corner of every document, so as to maintain the anonymity of all projects until the board unveil its decision.

The required documentation has to be submitted with the “a” and/or “b” points:

a. Physical Content (optional):

1)Two (2) vertical A2 boards on light rigid support (foam board or similar) with the scales and details needed for its understanding, as well as including, on the right top of the board, the selected slogan and the logos of the collaborating institutions received with the registration.

2) A short project’s memory with a maximum of one page, in A4 paper format.

b. Digital Content (obligatory):

1) Include the same two designed boards A2 in JPEG or PDF format with a resolution of 300 dpi and with the following filename:

– (Slogan)_Lámina01

– (Slogan)_Lámina02

2) Include the same A4 project’s memory in PDF, Word or similar format, with the following filename:

– (Slogan)_Memoria

Optionally, it is complementary images or audiovisual media that the contestant considers relevant for a better understanding of the designed concept. Not providing the documentation as specified in these competition rules shall be sufficient reason for disqualification.

Submission might be send in either English or Spanish.


Documentation shall be submitted via any of the following methods:

1) in hand at Office 148 of the Department of Innovative Construction Materials (CIMC) at the Higher School of Architecture of Málaga,

2) by e-mail to the following address: cátedra_cimc@uma.es

3) by post or delivery services to the following address:

I Concurso de Ideas CIMC
Escuela de Arquitectura de Málaga Plaza del Ejido no2
Campus El Ejido 29013

Once the proposal has been submitted, you will be given a proof of presentation.

For e-mail submissions, the documentation will be sent to catedra_cimc@uma.es, specifying “I International Ideas Competition – Submission” as subject and attaching the required documentation specified under “Digital Content”.

It is advisable to use certified mail with the post or delivering services. The posting date might coincide with the deadline, as long as it appears on the shipment receipt. In any case, only those projects received after five (5) days past the deadline will be admitted.

Participating in this competition implies giving up all rights over the submitted material to the Higher School of Architecture of Málaga and Financiera y Minera S.A., for any publication or exposition purposes, although any of the non-awarded participants could be considered as anonymous, if it was previously requested.


Registration will be available from 15 August to 30 September 2016. Submissions will be available from 15 September to 07 October 2016.

The board will award a maximum of a first prize (winning project) and two second prizes (honourable mention):

First prize: Student Grant to pay tuition fees for a Master’s Degree in Architectural Projects, Environmental Design and New Technologies (MPDiA) of University of Málaga, which will be taught at the Higher School of Architecture of Málaga during the 2016/2017 academic year.

Second prizes: Recognition from the Higher School of Architecture of Málaga and Financiera y Minera S.A.

The competition cannot be declared void. The board’s decision will be communicated through the official minutes and is unappealable.

Go to the competition’s website