milan navigli canal

Milan Navigli Canal Challenge

Submission: May 26, 2022
Registration: April 21, 2022
Language: English
Location: Milan, Italy
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


For the Milan Navigli Canal Challenge, participants are tasked with conceptualising the Milan of the future and envisioning a symbiotic relationship between the city and the Navigli canal. Projects should focus on ​​environmentally-friendly design, mobility, and the relationships between water and urban spaces.

Milan has a long history of navigable canals that formed a fundamental part of the city’s economy and the growth of the whole region, providing a direct connection between the northern lakes down to the sea.

Within Milan, the Navigli canal transported both people and goods throughout the city, but at the start of the 20th century the city’s inner canals were covered to add to the city’s road system. The Navigli canals now run underneath the streets but have the potential to be rediscovered and bring back Milan’s “water city charm”.

The Milan Navigli Canal Challenge is being run in collaboration with Riaprire i Navigli Association – “Reopen the Navigli Association” and Primitivo studio Milan who are proposing a complete renovation of the existing canal. Their goal is to create a new way for the city to operate, with competition entries to play a big part in swaying public opinion on the subject.


3 winning proposals, 3 special award recipients and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of 10,000 € in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize – 5,000 €
2nd Prize – 2,000 €
3rd Prize – 1,000 €

Riaprire i Navigli Association + Primitivo studio Favourite Award – 1,000€

ARCHHIVE Student Award – 500 € + 50 € gift card at ARCHHIVE BOOKS
AAPPAREL Sustainability Award – 500 € + 50 € AAPPAREL.com Gift Card

+ 6 honourable mentions


Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English. All information submitted by participants must be in English.

>>> Go to the competition’s website <<<