the mediterranean and europe

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Since the second half of the Twentieth Century to our days, Mediterranean and European cities have undergone, with different
paths and phases, deep transformations caused by: massive migratory flows both internal and international, great developments
in private motorization, major geopolitical upheavals that affected in particular – at the beginning of the Nineties – Eastern
Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East, the wars that shocked and are still shocking several Mediterranean countries,
destroying whole cities or violating the urban texture.
Moreover, in the last decades, the planetary phase with its multiple processes of globalization forced many cities to redefine
their own identity under the pressure of major global transformations, pervasive digital and communicative innovations and
the sizable migratory flows that - in particular in Europe – determined the diffusion of multicultural cities.
In this way, the urban landscapes have deeply changed and are still today undergoing a process of transformation. Productive
activities, demographic compositions, housing habits, mobility needs, the ways to live spaces and time: all these have changed.
In many cities old urban textures came under violent transformations and in almost every city the suburbs expanded, often
profoundly disfiguring urban settlements and causing widespread social malaise.
The contest invites to watch, ponder, recount these transformations in their complexity, with a particular
attention to the dimension and positioning of the suburbs, to the urban and social decay that often marks
them, but also to the tangible experiences of requalification and revitalization that are underway, with
special reference to what Renzo Piano called “il rammendo” (the patching) of the suburbs.
Possible paths:
new housing districts
urban mobility
public housing
industrial settlements and urban texture
the relationship between city and nature
the war and the city
urban spaces and sociality
a comparison between new and old suburbs , different life
illegal development
vast condominia surrounded by rural landscapes
the suburban dimension of old city centers
suburbs as decay and alienation
suburban requalification-patching projects underway
work and urban requalification
public planning, citizens’ self-planning
the city and new poverty conditions
suburbs as landscapes of the mind
suburbs as limits of the urban expansion
suburbs as innovation opportunities
suburbs as cities’ attire
living the city
Participation requirements
The contest is open to professional, emerging, enthusiast and student photographers. The works must be composed by a
minimum of 4 and up to a maximum of 16 pictures. It is compulsory to attach the work’s title, the author’s name, a brief
description of the submitted work. A biography of the author may also be included.
The winners, in order to participate to the final public exposition, will have to submit their printed pictures 40x60 by and not
after the date communicated to them by the organizing committee immediately after the judges’ selection.
Duration of the contest
1st November 2015 – 30th April 2016
No prize will be awarded in cash.
For the winning authors:
Exposition in multiple branches of Comune di Genova
Publication on Spazio23 website – Contemporary Photography
Printing, framing and shipment at the expense of the authors
Panel of Judges
The panel will be composed by:
Franca Balletti, urbanist architect INU
Silvia Capurro, urbanist architect Comune di Genova
Renato Carpi, professor Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti di Genova
Piera Cavalieri, administrator of Spazio23 - Contemporary Photography
Manuel Gausa, architect Unige, Dean dello IAAC, founder member Actar group Barcellona
Antida Gazzola, urban sociologist Università di Genova
Adriana Ghersi, landscape architect Università di Genova
Tano Siracusa, photographer in Agrigento
Sassia Spiga, urbanist Università di Annaba
The panel’s vote is incontestable and unappealable.
The registration to the contest is free and occurs exclusively by sending the pictures in JPEG format, with a dimension of 1024
pixels (on the long side) and 300 dpi, personal information and a valid e-mail address to
[email protected] and in parallel to [email protected]
The copyright on the works stays with the author. The participation to the contest implies that the author has the right of use by
the subjects in the pictures, in case there are any. The author assumes the full responsibility for the use of the pictures, relieving
from any responsibility the contest organizers.
Use of the pictures
The author will remain the sole owner of the selected photographs. The author authorizes the contest organizers to use,
reproduce and publish the pictures with any means free of charge (not for business purposes) and without time limits in
particular, but not exclusively, on the organizers’ websites and to keep a copy in the digital database.
The responsibility on the contents remains with the contents’ authors. The festival and contest organizers refuse any responsibility
on the pictures and on any possible copyright violation. The participating photographers commit themselves to keep unharmed
Spazio23 – fotografia contemporanea and Algebar from any demand, question and responsibility and in general any right
or demand of third parties regarding and attributable to the contents. The participation to the contest implies the full and tacit
acceptance of all the norms included in this regulation.
The data collected will be handled according to art. 10 law 675/96 “Tutela delle persone e di altri soggetti rispetto al trattamento
dei dati personali” and subsequent change with D.Lgs. 30 giugno 2003, n.196 and can be seen, modified, updated or deleted at
any time. Each candidate authorizes explicitly the treatment of personal data for the communication of future announcements
or information connected to the activity of the organizers and promoters, according to the rule of law in the field of personal
data protection.
Further information
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Comune di Genova