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FUTURE CITIES. Planning for the 90 per cent

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Planning for the 90 per cent
Prize for artists and architects by Connecting Cultures and Celeste Network
the deadline for submissions has been extended from 31 May to 7 June 2012, 12 am

FUTURE CITIES is an open call which invites artists and architects to imagine the world in forty years time when seven out of the world’s nine billion inhabitants will be living in cities. Almost half will be living in non-formal accommodation. The need to improve the metabolism of the metropolis by designing for conditions and environments which have always been considered emergency situations is now urgent and necessary.

PLANNING FOR THE 90 PER CENT is an invitation to take a harder look at the real city wherever you happen to be, making time to think about the very important improvements that can be made by creative and thoughtful solutions to everyday problems. The first ten projects selected will be featured in an exhibition in Venice during the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, 27 August – 1 September 2012.

Fulvio Irace,
architect, professor of History of Modern Architecture, Milan.
Joseph Grima, architect, editor of Domus Magazine.
Mary Jane Jacob, artistic director of Public Programmes and director of Exhibition studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Richard Ingersoll, professor of Architecture at Syracuse University, Florence.
Anna Detheridge, president of Connecting Cultures, research agency, Milan.

PLANNING FOR THE 90 PER CENT is a project designed and curated by Connecting Cultures and is a collaboration between Connecting Cultures and Celeste Network’s 1st FUTURE CITIES Award.

Competition of ideas open to design-related professionals, artists and non-professionals, multidisciplinary teams for low cost, low tech interventions designed to confront critical issues regarding public space and infrastructure in specific contexts.

Goal of Award
The competition is designed to give visibility to “decent architecture”, to micro-urban interventions in any city in the world planned to respond to a demand or explicit need of a population or community, whether in poor areas of western cities, or in the shanty towns of Africa, Asia or Latin America. Candidates are required to select a particular local issue or problem to which low cost, low tech responses are appropriate through micro-urban interventions for the regeneration of public space.

The project may address one or more of the following needs:
– practical every day problems of survival and or sanitation
– the removal of physical, social or symbolic barriers
– mobility and communication across the city
– opportunities for social inclusion/education or aggregation at a local level
– the re-appropriation of public space favouring new connections and new uses
– innovative ideas in reinterpreting public space as place
– issues limiting the quality of life of the inhabitants of a specific area

Projects can be presented in the form of installations utilizing any media such as photography, video, other media, documentary materials; services for the city; urban communication projects; urban furniture.

Evaluation criteria
– Community impact: the project should promote an active and open design community process that engage people and collaborate with local stakeholders.
– Economic sustainability: the project submitted should be sustainable from the point of view of the local economy and propose creative low budget material solutions.
– Design quality: innovative solutions favouring new connections, new uses, promoting basic human rights, dignity and social inclusion.

Who can Submit?
FUTURE CITIES is an international call for projects, in which artists, designers, architects, urban planners and multidisciplinary teams from anywhere in the world can participate without limits of age, sex or profession.

Projects will be presented in the Magazzini del Sale – Punta della Dogana, Venice, from 27 August to 1 September 2012 during the XIII Architecture Biennial in Venice.

Planning for the 90 per cent is possible thanks to a collaboration between Connecting Cultures, Domus Magazine, Bucintoro Cultura, Art&salE and Celeste Network.


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