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Notice of competition


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New Concordia Island Contest is a competition for
ideas responding to the shipwreck of the Costa
Concordia, a cruise ship of the Costa Crociere company,
out from regular service after the shipwreck
on the night of January 13, 2012 on the Giglio
Island. The competition has the aim of stimulating
new future visions for the Giglio Island and the
shipwreck which will become as part of the same
landscape and with the same identity. Recently the
news reports that the exploration in the shipwreck
to nding survivors and the phases of removing
fuel have been concluded.


The cleaning of the seabed around the shipwreck is
currently underway and the nal plan for the removal
of the shipwreck will be released soon and could
last for more than a year. At the same time faults in
the movements of the hull are neither reported, nor
in the research environment survey results of any
pollutants escaping from the shipwreck and dispersed
in surrounding sea.
How to rethink the future of these places? What
could the shipwreck become if it remains aground
for a period longer than a year? How to program the
steps for disassembling and dragging the parts?
How to work with the shipwreck to build a form of
memory? Is there any way to reconsider the Giglio
island with this new outcropping rock that has changed
the coastline?


Art collector_Italy
Luca Emanueli_SEALINElab
Eva Franch i Gilabert_STOREFRONT
Architect_New York
Joseph Grima_director of DOMUS
Kamiel Klaasse_NLarchitects
Marco Navarra_NOWA
Lori Nix
Photographer_New York
Italo Rota_NABA
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier BOW-WOW


1st place € 1500,00
FARM Special Prize € 1000,00
Special Prize € 500,00
and 7 Honorable Mentions.

The prizes for the winners will be paid via Paypal.
This is a digital competition and hard copy proposals will not be accepted.

All entries are to be submitted via e-mail ON AND BEFORE THE SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2012 (hours 12:00 Greenwich Time) to the following email address:

The attachment, packed in a ZIP file, should include
2 boards of the project in A2 horizontal format, a de
scriptive text and participant data in A4 format.


Participants can register at www.icsplat.org
- until August10 th , 2012 paying via Paypal with a fee of 50€
- until September 20 th, 2012 paying via Paypal with a fee of 70€
- until September 24 th, 2012 paying via Paypal with a fee of 150€

There is an entry limit of one proposal per individual
or team and there is no limit to the number of partcipants per group.
After your registration ICSplat will provide by email,
within 24 hours, a registration number which must
be included on all entry documents.


JUNE 20th 2012
Announcement of the competition, Beginning of the registrations

AUGUST 10th 2012
Early registration deadline

AUGUST 15th 2012
Question submission deadline

SEPTEMBER 20th 2012
Late registration deadline

SEPTEMBER 21th - SEPTEMBER 24th 2012
Last minute registration deadline

SEPTEMBER 25th 2012
Submission deadline

Announcement of results

Winning ceremony and exhibition


ICSplat is a reticular structure, active in those areas where rises new issues. ICSplat moves the research in the places where problems arise and opens new possibilities,developping the most current and urgent matters. Camping suggests the need to move beyond the model of the research center rooted in a place. This movement activates the network, focusing energies on specic points describing a topography and a map of the most current and pressing issues. ICSplat is a research platform about landscape and new forms of architecture that is nourished by contributions of various disciplines to promote research and training. ICSplat experiences new frontiers of the hybridization between dierent knowledge and techniques.


ICSplat has as its primary purpose the action on site as a way to build a shared thought. ICSplat practices uncommon reports with communities to dene a new form of relational architecture. It nourishes and metabolizes fragments of the city to transform them into new forms of project. ICSplat works on borderline conditions by reserving particular attention to the articulations of cultural pluralism, looking out for the expressions of informal cultures. ICSplat, working on the impermanence, explores the condition of the "open-ended" as new way to build architecture.


ICSplat is a platform that runs after the emergencies of the contemporary cities and territories to develop immediate answers to urgent problems. ICSplat measure itself with real events to stimulate large visions of processing through complex future scenario. ICSplat promotes workshops, competitions, territorial research campus, site-specic projects and research activities on several fronts to feed new degrees and levels of investigation on weak areas, compromised by the crisis and the inadequacy of resources and energy. ICSplat publishes ICSplat NewConcordiaContest to stimulate, through the abstraction, the possibility to rediscover in the disaster of the Costa Concordia new ideas to imagine the future of the shipwreck, of the Giglio Island and its inhabitants.


In recent decades the dissemination and accentuation of the perception of disaster have fueled insecurity and collective fear by encouraging the development of technicist rhetoric, that uses engineering as linear solution to the issues.
Above a certain line of speed and employment of information, a disaster takes such a social and cultural signicance that technical knowledge and economies are forced to reorganize themselves exclusively within its logic. The promise of a total security guaranteed by Rhetoric is the answer to the collective fear unleashed by the media. Engineering,using a selective and linear logic, denes itself as normalizer instrument that separates and destroys the possibility of rebuilding a community.
In this way the idea that the city may react to trauma by reorganizing the forms and the sense of community is canceled. It is also destroyed the idea
that the crisis can promote the discovery of other ways of living, the new forms taken by landscapes and by the city after the traumatic event. The mise-en scene of security involves the mobilization of large capitals and an uncontrolled waste of resources that are removed from the common use.


A state of emergency following the collapse is the mode with which the contemporary city is built: suspension of democratic processes, militarization of communities, employment and control of territory through the placement of massive engineering works. The boundary conditions that often lead to the collapse require the articulation of a series of questions to rethink a space to be regained for architecture.
Collapse is a suspension of time that forces a rethink on the duration of the transformations and role of architecture: we need to think fast action in long-term visions.
Is the project able to measure the issues and to identify possible solutions? May the Collapse arise as a new subject for project? How does the Matter, which moves itself with slow rhythms of Nature, meet people's needs? The collapse is the acceleration, determined by catastrophic events (landslides, oods, earthquakes), it triggers new immediate necessities; how can time be organized in dierent speed and forms? The collapse is the measure of erasing.


Can architecture suspend the erasing at the margins of the disaster? Otherwise, can it trigger mechanisms of metabolism and coexistence with the everyday life?
The collapse generates phenomenon of great strength: can these phenomenon be considered as an important vectors for each processing project in a complex vision? Is that vision able to hold dierent dimensional scales and very varied environmental contexts? The collapse produces the dialog between the serial and repetitive need of skill and the specicity of places and their characters. Is it possibile to use the strength of abstraction of the engineering's work to release spaces lived by clichès that hide the potentiality? Can the collapse achieve the aim of making safe, combining it with the discovery of other ways to rebuild parts of the town or landscape, taking also the opportunity to make them belong with more strength to the present-day?

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