Consiglio Nazionale degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori
Ordine degli Architetti Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori della Provincia di Macerata
Università di Camerino
Comune di Camerino
Archeoclub d'Italia

XXX International Seminar and Award for Architecture and Urban Culture - Camerino 2020

Regenerated spaces
New forms of living
Mobility, green areas and urban infrastructures

from CAMERINO, special edition online July 27 - 31, 2020


The cities, both big and small, are full of unused buildings and spaces, remnants of bygone eras and of abandoned functions, which represent a receding heritage, obsolete but ready for urban renewal projects.
Projects that are  based on the needs and expectations of the new subjects that live up the contemporary society and the urban scene. 

These are places to reinvent according to economic and cultural models that give them a new meaning and new perspectives for the communities that live there.

The future city, the result of the radical change that is taking place, will have to be increasingly based on social policies aimed at enhancing the human capital and triggering virtuous dynamics of transformation of indefinite spaces into living places of social inclusion, through the promotion of collaborative processes where everyone can act as protagonist.

Technological innovations, digital infrastructures, new mobility systems, green spaces and ecological networks, new ways of living and experiencing the city are the themes for the conscious architectural project, aimed at quality of life.

To the persistence of Covid-19 emergency, at present we can just hope in a future that will reserve a greater degree of freedom and social equality, towards a better quality of life both individual and public

The defense against viral infections inevitably leads to a rarefaction of social relationships and, consequently, to an expansion of the spaces meant as material and immaterial. Due to the great digital revolution of the last decades, the already underway phenomenon fosters the progress of a technical oligarchy that in a rapid way it is imposing evolving life models that are no longer the result of collective experiences settled over time.

In this frame, privileges and inequalities are amplified. In order to lighten the going on social gap towards a democratically replanning of the city, it is desirable to pursue a public and popular housing policy, against the building speculation and the property income that in the last fifty years have heavely marked the cities.

The expansion of the spaces, the rarefaction of the interpersonal relationships due to the unstoppable rise of the digital world and exacerbated by the fear of virus infections, will presumably lead to the search for isolation of a part of  urban population, with a consequent re-occupation of small towns, villages and rural areas hitherto considered marginal. The phenomenon offers the opportunity for a new territorial policy, for too long disregarded, that in the past, lead to the abandonment of precious areas and the disintegration of entire communities.

The program has to take into account the fragility of the places to avoid the reproduction of the indiscriminate exploitation of the resources and of the waste of soil, as it happened in metropolitan areas and in urban agglomerations grew unregulated along the main infrastructures. The aim, therefore, is to restore the natural and  urbanized   environment in an architectural research that takes into account the pre-existences in a balanced relationship of continuity and discontinuity, free from out-of-context formalisms, ito bring out  a new way of living, healthy and appropriate to better answer the needs and desires of contemporary society.



The study days will include sessions with short planned reports, interdisciplinary communications and conversations alternating with workshops within which all members can present their works, collected in the virtual gallery. The catalog will then be printed and sent to all members along with the certificate of participation. A monograph of the workshop will be published on Architettura e Città, Di Baio Editore.


How to attend the seminar

Students, researchers, teachers, professionals and operators interested in the topic can participate in the seminar.

The registration fee is 40 euros (20 euros for students).

Applications must be received online by July 18, 2020 through the appropriate registration form 

Coupon online registration


How to enter the competition 

Participation in the prize is optional and is reserved for students enrolled in the Seminar of Architecture and Urban Culture - Camerino 2020.

Professionals, graduates and students of Italian and international Schools of Architecture and Engineering can participate. Participation can take place both individually and in groups. In the case of group participation, it will be sufficient for at least one member of the group to register and participate in the seminar. Each participant, single or group, may present only one work.


The Prize

Unpublished works (projects, research, completed works) completed from 2015 onwards are admitted. The same must be relevant to the design themes proposed by the seminar and contain the inspiring principles highlighted in the introduction; in particular they must contain innovative elements of ideas, technologies, programs for an ecological and quality Architecture.

Required documents:

For the virtual gallery:

n. 4 horizontal format images and a short illustrative text of 1500 characters including spaces with the context in which the project experience was carried out (client organization; that is, University, Year, Course, Degree Thesis, Supervisor ...)

For the catalog:

The same material paginated in two JPG or PDF format files, 300 DPI, each with dimensions of 18 cm (base) x 26.7 (height).

The papers must be sent online, attached to the application for registration to the seminar, no later than 18 July 2020 (18.07.2020).

Requests for clarification can be sent by e-mail to; the answers will be published on the FAQ page.


Awards - Jury

The SACU 2020 Architecture Prize consists of a total of € 4,000 broken down as follows:

€ 1,500 for 1st place

n. 2 expense reimbursements from € 500

n. 2 reports

Critics Award € 1,500


It is possible to award ex-aequo prizes. All the works awarded and reported will be published in the issue of the ARCHITECTURE and CITY series which will deal with the Seminar.

The award ceremony will take place at the end of the seminar. The works will be selected with a vote expressed by the participants enrolled in the seminar. Finally a commission made up of:

President of the National Architects Council, PPC or his delegate

President of the Architects Order, PPC of the province of Macerata or his delegate

n. 3 among professionals and teachers invited to the seminar, coming from different universities

will assign, at its final judgment, the expected prizes and awards.

The same commission reserves the right to award the Critics Prize among all the works presented.


Secretariat - Information
tel. (+39) 0737 434795 - (+39) 348 3812949
Director: Giovanni Marucci

Seminario di Architettura e Cultura Urbana - Camerino     


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