University Island competition

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University Island competition

June 15, 2016



Only few settings can boast the charm of a desert island. From Mompracem to Robinson Crusoe, the island is a place of adventure, exile and shipwreck. Failure and salvation at the same time – the place of the unconscious before being a real geographic site – an island is the place where people challenge themselves getting used to silence and nature, face amazing challenges.

In one of the most charming places in the world, a few kilometers far from San Marco’s bell tower in Venice, a fascinating authentic island skimmed by waters, emerges shyly: Poveglia.

Despite its area extent and beauty that mark the difference between Poveglia and the other lagoon islands, over the last years this incomparable gemstone had to undergo, a disastrous decline. Without any connection to the mainland, abandoned for almost 50 years, today in Poveglia a thick vegetation has grown wild affecting every cultivation and crushing every architecture.

Venice has never completely forgotten Poveglia, but its citizens stopped visiting the island over time has become a natural setting for the grimmest tales and fantastic rumors. But, this situation will soon change. The Italian Government – the owner of the estate – has lately put a spotlight on Poveglia, in order to make a reuse of the island possible.

In the wake of this purpose, YAC launches University Island, a project to transform Poveglia into a dream university campus; a place of training, leisure and relax for the many students gathering in Venice.


  • Peter Cook – CRAB STUDIO, London
  • Patrick Lüth – SNOHETTA, Innsbruck
  • Iannis Kandyliaris – BIG, New York
  • Alessandro Marata – C.N.A.P.P.C., Bologna
  • Francesco Dal Co – CASABELLA, Milan
  • Alberto Ferlenga – IUAV, Venice
  • Andrea Boeri – UNIBO, Bologna
  • Pierluigi Cervellati –STUDIO CERVELLATI E ASSOCIATI, Bologna
  • Francesca Graziani – AGENZIA DEL DEMANIO, Roma


  • 7th March 2016 – start
  • 15th June 2016 – material submission deadline
  • 29th July 2016 – results announcement

1 A1 panel + 1 A3 booklet required

€ 20.000 cash prizes and 1 year subscription CASABELLA. Awarded proposals will be internationally exhibited and published on architectural magazines and websites.

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June 15, 2016
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