“Future Cities – Planning for the 90%” Visual Projects Exhibition

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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.

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


  • A shortlist of 10 projects, chosen by a Selection Panel of distinguished architects, artists, university teachers and urban planners will be exhibited from 27 August to 1 September 2012 at Magazzini del Sale, Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy, during the XIII Architecture Biennial of Venice, and will be included in a catalogue.
  • The winner of the ‘First Future  Cities Award’ will be selected by members of the Selection Panel and announced at the exhibition opening on 27 August.

Each project is presented online and can contain up to 10 images of artworks or photographs, videos or renderings – supported by a textual statement.

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.


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