Submission: May 19, 2023
Registration: May 19, 2023
Prizes: Please see the details below
TerraViva Competitions launches TACTICAL URBANISM NOW! 2023, a new edition of the architecture competition that puts the focus on the transformation of public space all over the world. Prizes up to 7.000 € will be awarded to the winners selected by an international jury panel composed by, among others, Huicheng Zhong (Atelier Scale), Sarah Seigel (Hapa Collaborative), Jokin Santiago (Leku Studio), Marcos Coronel Bravo (Pico Colectivo);
In order to face rapid changes and to improve the adaptability of public spaces, cities have been using Tactical Urbanism as a tool to become increasingly more dynamic and flexible. From a design point of view, architects and urban planners are experimenting with tactical techniques as short-term and low-cost actions for long term and effective results.
This innovative approach can be adopted as an alternative and creative regeneration method that aims at improving the quality of public spaces by considering the community needs, adapting to site-specific conditions and strengthening cultural identity.
Tactical projects may vary in scale and location: they can involve a sidewalk, a whole street, an empty plot, a bridge and many other areas. These type of interventions can be highly communicative, adaptable and reversible.
Prizes & Mentions
• 1st Prize: 3.000€
• 2nd Prize: 2.000€
• 3rd Prize: 1.000€
• 4 Golden Mentions: 250€ each
• 10 Honourable Mentions
• 30 Finalists
The challenge of this competition is to imagine more inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable public spaces. The idea is to think creatively and to experiment with new possibilities to improve the conditions of the cities where we live in. Exploring the potentialities of Tactical Urbanism, designers are encouraged to propose ingenious and unconventional projects capable of transforming a public space with a hidden potential, an underused urban area or even a neglected residual plot.
The “15 Minutes City” concept can be helpful to understand which functions and uses might be more suitable for the area where you are thinking to locate your project. The term defines a highly flexible urban model that ensures all citizens can access daily needs within a short walk, a bike ride or a public transport trip, reducing therefore carbon emissions and commuting time while generating more public spaces. Remember that scalability, modularity and flexibility can be key factors to guarantee a successful design. At the same time, do not forget about the formal aspect of your proposal: the colours, textures and shapes of each element will make the difference. Use your imagination and take public space to another level!
Competitors have to submit two A1 panels (59,4 x 84,1 cm) landscape oriented + a brief text describing the proposal (up to 250 words). Panels must contain all the necessary graphic information to explain the project in the best way possible (title, diagrams, sketches, 3D visualizations, plans and sections, collages, model photos, etc.). All kinds of graphic representations will be accepted.
• Huicheng Zhong | Atelier Scale (Los Angeles, USA)
• Sarah Seigel | Hapa Collaborative (Vancouver, Canada)
• Jokin Santiago | Leku Studio (Barcelona, Spain)
• Rosella Ferorelli| Comune di Milano (Milan, Italy)
• Marcos Coronel Bravo | Pico Colectivo (Caracas, Venezuela)
• Delfina Bolla | Smod (Rosario, Argentina)
• Selim Atak | Atölyemekan (Ankara, Turkey)
• Emiliano Berni | 2XM (Milan, Italy)
• Competition Opening January 23rd
• 69 € “Early” Registration Ends March 17th
• 89 € “Standard” Registration Ends April 21st
• 109 € “Late” Registration Ends May 19th
• Submission Deadline May 19th
• Results Announcement June 19th
Requirements / Eligibility
The competition is open to students, architects, designers, urbanists, engineers, artists, makers, activists and anyone interested in the transformation of the contemporary urban space. Participants can join the competition either individually or with a team.