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Wildlife Pavilions – Architecture CompetitionLocated in the North of Italy between the provinces of Brescia and Bergamo, Lake Iseo – also known as “Sebino” – is the seventh lake by extension in the country and the fourth in Lombardy region. With its stunning landscape, particularly rich in naturalistic and historical heritage, this territory represents one of the most beautiful areas in Italy, as well as one of the most popular among visitors and tourists. 

Towards the southern edge of the lake, it is situated the famous wine region known as “Franciacorta”: a precious land characterised by a hilly topography sprinkled with small villages and covered by wonderful vineyards, where the presence of man perfectly blends with nature.  

Today, numerous footprints left by the retreat of the ancient glacier responsible for the formation of this special environment are still clearly visible. One of the most significant, located on the southern coast, is where the sediments left after its melting rise to shape a morainic amphitheatre. The encounter between this area and the lake’s shore gives life to an extraordinary ecosystem of unique environmental value: the “Torbiere del Sebino” Nature Reserve.

Wildlife Pavilions – Architecture CompetitionLocated in the North of Italy between the provinces of Brescia and Bergamo, Lake Iseo – also known as “Sebino” – is the seventh lake by extension in the country and the fourth in Lombardy region. With its stunning landscape, particularly rich in naturalistic and historical heritage, this territory represents one of the most beautiful areas in Italy, as well as one of the most popular among visitors and tourists. 

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Towards the southern edge of the lake, it is situated the famous wine region known as “Franciacorta”: a precious land characterised by a hilly topography sprinkled with small villages and covered by wonderful vineyards, where the presence of man perfectly blends with nature.  

The formation of Lake Iseo is linked not only to the glacial action, which profoundly shaped the contemporary landscape, but also to the fluvial activity that between 5 and 6 million years ago, due to the drastic lowering of the Mediterranean Sea level, has accentuated the excavation of its bed.  

Today, numerous footprints left by the glacier are still clearly visible and one of the most significant, located on the southern coast, is where the sediments left after its retreat rise to form a morainic amphitheatre. The encounter between this area and the lake’s shore gives life to an extraordinary ecosystem of unique environmental value: the “Torbiere del Sebino” Nature Reserve.

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The Cuban Square – Architecture Competition – Thanks to its extraordinary historical memory and to the authenticity of its precious architectural legacy, Havana can certainly be considered a “Heritage City”. Its genuine and engaging spirit derives not only from the renowned quality of its music and rhythms, its lively street life and friendly atmosphere, but also and specially from its built environment.
 
The designation of Old Havana as a UNESCO site in 1982 was an important distinction that drew the attention to the preservation of its urban fabric. The program to recover the historical centre had global recognition and it has expanded successfully to other Cuban cities, contributing to the preservation of the local culture and to the development of new touristic appeal.
 
Unfortunately, during the last decades it has not been possible to replicate these experiences in other neighbourhoods beyond the Old Havana, where the implementation of comprehensive programs is highly required. In fact, there is actually one particular place that outstands among the others and which deserves special attention, not only for its massive extension but also for its unique history: Plaza de la Revolución.
 
Thought and imagined as the new heart of the Cuban capital, the current state of the square is way far from that reality. Surrounded by the concrete building of the Ministry of the Interior – known for the huge mural of Che Guevara – and by the Telecommunications one with the iconic image of Camilo Cienfuegos, Plaza de la Revolución seems to be standing still, waiting to be to be rediscovered…

The Cuban Square – Architecture Competition – Thanks to its extraordinary historical memory and to the authenticity of its precious architectural legacy, Havana can certainly be considered a “Heritage City”. Its genuine and engaging spirit derives not only from the renowned quality of its music and rhythms, its lively street life and friendly atmosphere, but also and specially from its built environment.

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The designation of Old Havana as a UNESCO site in 1982 was an important distinction that drew the attention to the preservation of its urban fabric. The program to recover the historical centre had global recognition and it has expanded successfully to other Cuban cities, contributing to the preservation of the local culture and to the development of new touristic appeal.
 
Unfortunately, during the last decades it has not been possible to replicate these experiences in other neighbourhoods beyond the Old Havana, where the implementation of comprehensive programs is highly required. In fact, there is actually one particular place that outstands among the others and which deserves special attention, not only for its massive extension but also for its unique history: Plaza de la Revolución.
 
Thought and imagined as the new heart of the Cuban capital, the current state of the square is way far from that reality. Surrounded by the concrete building of the Ministry of the Interior – known for the huge mural of Che Guevara – and by the Telecommunications one with the iconic image of Camilo Cienfuegos, Plaza de la Revolución seems to be standing still, waiting to be to be rediscovered…

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FRAME – Workshop – FRAME is a workshop within Piazze Aperte, the tactical urbanism program promoted by the Municipality of Milan and developed by AMAT – Agenzia Mobilità Ambiente Territorio. Piazze Aperte is created in collaboration with Bloomberg Associates and the Global Designing Cities Initiative; co-financed by the European Union through EIT Urban Mobility (a body of EIT – European Institute of Innovation and Technology) within “CLEAR” project.
 
The workshop will be guided and coordinated by the architects from “ECÒL” studio, experts in tactical urbanism interventions and urban regeneration.  Other guests specialised in public space design will be in charge of presenting a series of open lectures as a complement to the practical activities. 

FRAME is a workshop within Piazze Aperte, the tactical urbanism program promoted by the Municipality of Milan and developed by AMAT – Agenzia Mobilità Ambiente Territorio.

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Piazze Aperte is created in collaboration with Bloomberg Associates and the Global Designing Cities Initiative; co-financed by the European Union through EIT Urban Mobility (a body of EIT – European Institute of Innovation and Technology) within “CLEAR” project.
 
The workshop will be guided and coordinated by the architects from “ECÒL” studio, experts in tactical urbanism interventions and urban regeneration.  Other guests specialised in public space design will be in charge of presenting a series of open lectures as a complement to the practical activities. 

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Silos Buenos Aires – Architecture Competition Despite being known as the “Paris of South America”, due to its grand boulevards and buildings with an evident French imprint, the city of Buenos Aires has a past strongly linked to the naval trade and the agricultural exports. In fact, by the end of the 19th century, the port of the capital became a strategic point for the economic activity of the whole nation. 

The old infrastructural facilities of Puerto Madero, witnesses of a time when Argentina was considered “The Granary of the World”, are now part of the contemporary city and are perfectly integrated into a new urban skyline. Only a few port structures of extraordinary heritage value have remained intact, and without a doubt the most fascinating still standing ones are the Silos de la Junta Nacional de Granos

Out of use for more than 90 years, today this majestic ruin has remained somehow suspended in time and trapped in an urban context that has not yet been able to rehabilitate it as it deserves… 

Silos Buenos Aires – Architecture Competition – Despite being known as the “Paris of South America”, due to its grand boulevards and buildings with an evident French imprint, the city of Buenos Aires has a past strongly linked to the naval trade and the agricultural exports. In fact, by the end of the 19th century, the port of the capital became a strategic point for the economic activity of the whole nation.

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The old infrastructural facilities of Puerto Madero, witnesses of a time when Argentina was considered “The Granary of the World”, are now part of the contemporary city and are perfectly integrated into a new urban skyline. Only a few port structures of extraordinary heritage value have remained intact, and without a doubt the most fascinating still standing ones are the Silos de la Junta Nacional de Granos

Out of use for more than 90 years, today this majestic ruin has remained somehow suspended in time and trapped in an urban context that has not yet been able to rehabilitate it as it deserves…

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Image © Musei Civici del Castello Visconteo

In partnership with the Department of Culture of Pavia’s Municipality, TerraViva has curated the setting up of an exhibition aimed at displaying the best projects received as part of the competition Hangar Ticinum – A Community Hub on the River.

Due to the great success of the initiative, it was decided to set up a wider exhibition than initially planned, integrating a series of sculptures dating back to the period between the two World Wars and several historical photographs of the main local architectures of the 1920s and 1930s.

The exhibition will be held at the Civic Museums (Castello Visconteo) and will remain open to the public from April 8th until May 15th. 

In partnership with the Department of Culture of Pavia, TerraViva has curated the setting up of an exhibition aimed at displaying the best projects received as part of the competition Hangar Ticinum – A Community Hub on the River.

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Due to the great success of the initiative, it was decided to set up a wider exhibition than initially planned, integrating a series of sculptures dating back to the period between the two World Wars and several historical photographs of the main local architectures of the 1920s and 1930s.

The exhibition will be held at the Civic Museums (Castello Visconteo) and will remain open to the public from April 7th until May 15th. 

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Tactical Urbanism Now! – Architecture Competition – Over the last decade, cities all around the world have experimented with a wide range of urban transformations through colourful, flexible and light interventions. Nowadays, it has become more and more common to come across these type of projects in both, small towns and metropolises.  

Tactical Urbanism proposes an innovative design approach that aims to achieve long-term regeneration with short-term strategies. In certain cases, due to the positive impact that these interventions have generated in the urban realm, projects that were once thought of as temporary have now become permanent. 

Working at the scale of a street, a block or a building, tactical tools have the power to improve liveability citywide. Similar to the way acupuncture inserts needles into one part of the body to boost the well-being of the entire organism, these projects can actually lead to positive changes in an entire neighbourhood.  

The so-called Smart City remains undoubtedly the one capable of placing the human element at the centre of every project, providing its inhabitants with high quality urban environments. 

Tactical Urbanism Now! – Architecture CompetitionOver the last decade, cities all around the world have experimented with a wide range of urban transformations through colourful, flexible and light interventions. Nowadays, it has become more and more common to come across these type of projects in both, small towns and metropolises.

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Tactical Urbanism proposes an innovative design approach that aims to achieve long-term regeneration with short-term strategies. In certain cases, due to the positive impact that these interventions have generated in the urban realm, projects that were once thought of as temporary have now become permanent. 

Working at the scale of a street, a block or a building, tactical tools have the power to improve liveability citywide. Similar to the way acupuncture inserts needles into one part of the body to boost the well-being of the entire organism, these projects can actually lead to positive changes in an entire neighbourhood.  

The so-called Smart City remains undoubtedly the one capable of placing the human element at the centre of every project, providing its inhabitants with high quality urban environments.

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