Rome 2017: A 21st Century River Renaissance

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Rome 2017: A 21st Century River Renaissance

May 11, 2017

£60 – £100

Eleven’s latest challenge is a direct reaction against two realities which are increasingly overshadowing Rome’s image. Layered as a historical palimpsest of unparalleled culture, there is no denying the rare beauty of the ‘Eternal City’ – so called because of its timelessness. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about its historic river Tiber. Dirty and desolate at water level and riddled with traffic above, its wide river banks are underused and empty if not for the occasional runner, the many graffiti and the garbage. In parallel to the river’s degradation, today Rome is at the heart of a growing polemic on its current state, with many suggesting that the city is struggling to keep up with contemporary life, leaving it almost frozen in time.

Eleven’s Rome 2017 is an international ideas and design challenge that seeks to address these issues by asking the international architecture and design community three questions. What would a contemporary river renaissance look like in Rome? Can the city live up to its eternity and incorporate within its layers of history a more contemporary lifestyle? And can this consolidate the river Tiber into a new focus within the city for this millennium: transforming its waters from a passive element to an active, integrated and renewed part of the city?

The competition is open for both students and professionals who can participate individually or in teams of up to four people.

Competition Schedule:

Competition Opens: 11th February

Early Bird Fees change to Standard Fees: 1st March

Standard Fees change to Late Bloomer Fees: 1st May

Registration Closes / Submission Deadline: 11th May at 11:00am (UK Time)

Public Voting Opens Online: 14th May

Public Voting Closes: 10th July at 11.59pm (UK Time)

Winners and Awarded Announced: 11th July


Competition Awards:

Winner: £2,000

Runner-Up: £400

6x Honourable Mentions: no cash (boo) but lots of glory (yay)!

People’s Choice Award (selected by general public voting online): £100

All awarded entries will be published on Eleven Magazine and their media partners.

Confirmed Competition Jury (so far):

Patrik Schumacher – Zaha Hadid Architects

Francesco Gatti – 3Gatti

Francesco Lipari – OFL Architecture / Cityvision

Emmanuel Jalbert – In Situ

Lorenzo Catena, Onorato di Manno and Andrea Tanci – SET Architects

Andrea Verenini and Eloise Carr – Eleven Magazine

Competition Submission Requirements:

2x A1 horizontal sheets and 500 words describing project to be submitted digitally online. Models are encouraged but not mandatory.


May 11, 2017
£60 – £100
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