FAQ – RURAL HOUSING
In general, it will be possible to choose any type of material, to foresee different openings, to experiment with the structure and to propose a new interior distribution.
Is it possible to propose alternative quantities of units for each building? For example, three instead of two units in Building B (Farmer’s House). Yes, it is possible. Feel free to adjust the number of units according to your own project.
Is it possible to propose alternative uses for the buildings, different from those indicated in the guidelines? For example, using one of the buildings for shared areas instead of housing units. Yes, each designer is free to introduce/mix a different function in one of the buildings (such as common uses programs). Remember that any of these decisions should be justified by the general concept behind the project.
For the Farmer's House, the prompt states that this is a one-story volume, but it looks like it is 2-stories in the photographs. Should it be divided as one duplex with two units or two duplexes with four units? The farmers' house has a ground floor + 1 storey. So you basically have the entrance level floor and then one floor above.
For the Porch, “to enhance the double-height of the original building” does this mean that the new units should be 2-stories? The Porch building is 6,25 metres on the highest part and 4.95 on the lowest (see corresponding section). Naturally, it is a very height space and you can think of solutions like mezzanine, loft, etc. that uses that height in the best way. Feel free to decide how to divide that space.
The prompt states that the units of the stable can be distributed above and below or as duplexes, but wouldn't that distribution already be a duplex? How many individual units should fit inside this structure? A duplex would be a unit that has a ground floor + 1 floor, so this means that you divide the units having them in both levels. In case you do not design duplexes, you can have some units only on the ground floor and the others only on the first floor. The amount of units requested are 2 or 3 (you can find more information on the Design Guidelines inside the download package).
What does the following sentence mean? ''Farmers house can be divided horizontally or vertically as duplexes.'' What do you mean duplex exactly? In the sentence, “Farmers house can be divided horizontally or vertically as duplexes,” it means that the layout of the house can be separated into distinct living units. This can be achieved through vertical division, which involves dividing the building into different duplexes, or through horizontal division, which entails stacking apartments on top of each other on a single level. Each unit functions as an independent living space within the same overall structure.
If we convert the entire Cascina in a complex with only residential units, who will manage the agricoltural fields? Are they now dealed by people living not in the Cascina Lossano? Or have we to think the new homes for people who will work in the property agricoltural fields? Since the Cascina is now abandoned, the agricultural fields are currently leased. The future users will not need to deal with the management of the fields. This means that the new users could be any kind of people (families, students, couples, etc.).
Why registration fees? Registration fees are used to cover the running costs of the competition and to improve customer care services. The registration fees cover taxes, web services, database services and everything related to computer security and the processing of personal data. Registration fees allow us to organize new initiatives to promote creativity and to feed the debate on present and future issues regarding climate change, natural-based solutions and social engagement.
Can I enrol to the competition with my Company or Architecture/Design firm? Yes, you can participate with your Company. To issue your invoice, we ask you to provide your Tax identification number or your VAT Number on the registration procedure. If your Company is based in Europe, we should verify the correctness of your VAT number via the EU Tax authorities (VIES VAT number validation).
How do I register a team? During the registration we only need the personal data of the group leader. The other team members will be indicated in the final submission package at the end of the competition. You will find all the instructions after registering.
Where can I indicate the name of my group mates? (in case you participate as a team) During the registration procedure it is required the information of only one of the team members.
The rest of the member/s of your group will be indicated during the submission of the project inside “Folder B”
Is there any discount for registering more than one group at a time? Regarding the registration of several groups at a time we have customised discount plans that change according to the total number of registrations. For more information, please contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How many projects can be submitted? The payment of one registration fee allows the participant/team to submit one single project. In order to submit additional projects it is required to pay additional registration fees.
Where can I find the instructions for the submission of the project? All the necessary material related to the submission is available in the download section after the registration. An additional download link will be sent to you by email.
Which material do I have to include inside the submission package? The submission package must contain two folders:
Folder A_Project must contain the project submitted to the jury (A1 panels + Text) + Folder B_Group Identity
Use .zip compression to upload your submission folder in our website www.terravivacompetitions.com (upload section).
Where can I find my “Registration Code”? The “Registration Code” (ex. 12345) will be available after complete your registration. In addition will be sent also at your email address.
If I pay the registration fee today I have to submit my project the same day? Or do I still have time until the deadline? The final deadline for the project’s submission is September 22nd, regardless of when the registration is made (this means that if you register today you have time until the end of the competition to submit your proposal). An early registration only guarantees a discounted price. However you can submit your project in advance. To upload your project please go to the “upload section” on our website.
What representation techniques can be used? Diagrams, sketches, 3D visualizations, plans and sections, collages, model photos, etc… All kinds of graphic representations will be accepted.
Is it possible to include text inside the A1 panels? Yes, it is possible to include text inside the A1 panels. Any kind of text, explanation, data regarding the project will be allowed to be written on the panels – as long as it does not contain any information revealing the identity of the participants – (ex. name, surname, office name, university, etc.).
Is it possible to submit extra material apart from the 2 A1 panels and the 250 words text? No, it will only be accepted the requested material for the submission (2 A1 panels + 250 words text). Any kind of extra material will not be accepted.
Will it be possible to submit a project that has partly being crafted during University? Yes, it is possible to submit a project that has been partially/totally crafted during University. Make sure you have the rights to present the project in case you have done it with other people in the past or the project was part of another competition. You can find more info about the eligibility rules inside the competition Brief.
Are there any restrictions on the nationality of the participants? Teams can be composed by members of different nationalities and there are no restrictions about country of residence.
Is delivery of a hard copy of the A1 panels required? Participants are required to submit the A1 panels only digitally, there’s no need to present any kind of hard copy.
Is this a design only competition? Yes, it is a design competition. This means that the winning project will not be built. The winning project will not be constructed, as the primary goal of this competition is to foster economic, social, and environmental sustainability by exploring innovative architectural approaches. The property reserves the right to further explore the design proposals at the end of the competition in order to pursue any project developments.
How can I upload my project? You can upload your project through the “Upload” page of our website. Inside the upload page you will find all the instructions to submit your project.
I didn’t receive the confirmation email. Is there a way to check if everything has been uploaded properly? If you have not received your receipt please check the spam or junk folder of your e-mail account. For any inquiry, please contact us at: email@example.com
Who will own the rights to the project after delivery? Please note that all rights related to the projects are outlined in the competition brief. Moreover, TerraViva recognizes the legal and philosophical basis of the moral rights of creators with respect to creative and artistic works. Moral rights are the exclusive rights granted by the law to the author in order to protect his personality. Such right of authorship may be exercised at any time by the author (art. 20 of Italian Copyright Law).
Send your questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
indicating the following subject: “FAQ – Rural Housing”.
FAQ section will be regularly updated.