FAQ

Frequently asked questions
The Living Museum

Frequently asked questions
The Living Museum

Image © Museo Nivola – Orani

FAQ

Who can participate in the competition?
The competition is open to students, architects, designers, urbanists, engineers, artists, makers, activists and anyone interested  in the fields of design and architecture.
 
Is it possible to participate in a team?
Participants can join the competition either individually or with a team and there is no restriction or limit in the number of members that can compose a team.
 
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, and the country of origin at: info@terravivacompetitions.com.
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, in the folder that will be sent to you by e-mail.
 
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_Group Identity”
 
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 us at: info@terravivacompetitions.com
 
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: “YOURCODE_The Living Museum_Submission Folder” must contain two folders:
Folder A_Project must contain the project submitted to the jury (A2 panels + Text) + Folder B_Group Identity
Use .zip compression to upload your submission folder in our website www.terravivacompetitions.com (upload section). 
 
Where i can find the Alphanumeric code?
The “Alphanumeric Code” (ex. ABC1234) will be sent at your email address after complete the registration.
 
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 August 1st, regardless of when the registration is made (this means that if you register today you have time until the August 1st  to submit your proposal). An early registration only guarantees a discounted price. However you can submit your project in advance from June 1st. To upload your project please go to the “upload section” on our website (available from June 1st).
 
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 A2 panels?
Yes, it is possible to include text inside the A2 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 A2 panels and the 250 words text?
No, it will only be accepted the requested material for the submission (2 A2 panels + 250 words text). Any kind of extra material will not be accepted.
 
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 A2 panels required?
Participants are required to submit the A2 panels only digitally, there’s no need to present any kind of hard copy.
 
Are there alternative payment methods besides PayPal and Credit/Debit cards?
For alternative payment methods you can contact us by email at info@terravivacompetitions.com.
 
How can I upload my project?
You can upload your project through the “Upload” page of our website. Fill out the upload form with your code and the email used for the registration. Submission deadline is August 1st 2021 – 11:59 PM CET
 
Who will own the rights to the project after delivery?
The authorship rights remain to the competitor. By registering, you just give TerraViva Competitions the right to publish and diffuse your project online and in exhibitions/magazines, etc.
 
Can you clarify the autorship/intellectual property/realization rights of a submitted project for this competition?
In this competition we apply the Reproduction right and the Publication right only (art. 12 of the Italian Copyright Law). The Reproduction right is the right to reproduce the work. It refers to the direct or indirect reproduction for direct or indirect commercial purposes. The right of publication is the right to offer the work to the public. The author shall have the right to object to any distortion, mutilation or other modification of his work that would be prejudicial to his reputation (art. 2 of Italian Copyright Law).
 
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).
 
Should each unit be designed for a maximum of eight people or the whole architectural design accommodate eight people?
The whole architectural design should be done to accommodate a maximum of 8 guests in total.
 
Are there any area requirements for the whole architectural design?
No, there are no requirements regarding the amount of squared meters of your architectural design. Just make sure that your project is placed inside the indicated area and that it guarantees accommodation for a maximum of 8 guests. 
 
Have we to include a kitchen area, reception area, sitting area, cafe, etc. in our deisgn?
The whole architectural design should be done to accommodate a maximum of 8 guests. Rooms can be contained in a unique block, in separate ones or even in small independent units isolated from each other. All rooms must have access to bathroom facilities (private or common) and storage space. They might also include outdoor spaces for exclusive or collective use. The addition of any complementary space (like reception, sitting area, kitchen, etc.) is up to the designer.
 
Will the organizers release additional photos of the actual site?
The material provided for the competition is the only one available regarding the site and the one that the Nivola Foundation has authorized to make public. The Competition Package will be updated with new files and photos until May 31st. The complete package with all HD images, dwg files and 3D model is available only after registration.
To register please click the following link: https://www.terravivacompetitions.com/downloads/the‐living‐museum‐registration/
 
Is the red perimeter the area where we can put the project?
Yes, the red perimeter is where you have to locate your project. Inside that red perimeter, your can place it anywhere. There are no restrictions inside that area.
 
Where are exactly the gardens that cannot be modified?
The “Formal Gardens” is the area marked in yellow, which is actually on the north side of the whole museum’s plot. You can locate your project only inside the red perimeter.
 
Is it possible to hollow out the interior of the hillside from the cliff face?
Yes, you are allowed to hollow out the interior of the hillside to place your project.
 
Is the land immediately beyond the border privately owned?
The land immediately outside the red perimeter is privately owned and is not part of the project area.
 
Do you have a 3d model of the existing buildings complex?
No, the 3d model shows only the topography and is the one that is already uploaded in the competition complete folder.
 
Do you want to preserve the existing road?
Any intervention to the existing elements inside the red perimeter is up to each participant.
 
Do you know the approximate quantity of houses needed?
The whole architectural design should be done to accommodate a maximum of 8 guests. Each designer is free to decide whether to propose single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms, etc. There are no restrictions regarding how to accommodate the 8 guests. Rooms can be contained in a unique block, in separate ones or even in small independent units isolated from each other. All rooms must have access to bathroom facilities (private or common) and storage space. They might also include outdoor spaces for exclusive or collective use. The possibility to adapt and personalise the cabins for different kind of guests is up to the designer. 
 
Through the photographs and the online research the 3D model seems to be incorrect. Could you please clarify this difference?
The 3D model provided is the most accurate one that we have and unfortunately, the plans come from the archive of the municipality and might not be totally precise. However, if participants notice any differences between the dwg and the 3d model, they are allowed to make all the necessary changes to adjust the topography in order to make it coincide better with the existing situation. 
Please, consider that this is an ideas competition, aimed at evaluating in the first instance the architectural character and the sensitivity of the project proposal as a whole (materials, connections, functions, distribution, etc.). It is not requested a millimetric precision in the insertion of the project.
 
Is it allowed to modify a very small part of museum grounds (outside the red-line part) in order to establish connections to the new part?
Regarding your question, within the red perimeter it is possible to make any kind of changes to the topography and context in order to better insert your project. 
Outside this red perimeter, a slight margin of action is still allowed, but limited only to pedestrian connections/paths linked to the relationship of the project with the existing site. 
So if you are planning to establish connections that do not foresee any major changes or built infrastructure, then it is allowed. 
 
 

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