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Manferdini to Jury Venice Open-Ideas Competition

SCI-Arc faculty member Elena Manferdini will be part of an international jury panel for the VeniceCityVision 2011 competition organized by CityVision magazine.

VeniceCityVision is an ideas competition challenging architects, engineers, designers, students and creatives to develop visionary urban proposals with the intention of stimulating and supporting the contemporary city, in this case Venice. Through innovative ideas and methodologies which can improve the connection between the historical, present, and future city, CityVision aims to foster a critical evolution of architectural historiography.

The Italian city manifests a consistent absence of contemporary urban planning and relatively ineffective architectural intervention. The objective of the competition is to drive imagination, by the use of new materials, echo-technologies, parametric software and territorial organizations for a future vision of the city of Venice. Globalization, environmental concerns, the future historiography of the city, adaptability and emerging digital practices are some of the elements that should be taken into consideration.

The VeniceCityVision competition jury consists of several international young leaders in the architecture and design fields, including Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG Architects, Los Angeles-based designer Elena Manferdini of Atelier Manferdini, Maria Ludovica Tramontin of Calgary University, New York-based architect Neri Oxman of Materialecology, and Slovenian architect Bostjan (Sadar) Vuga.