Solar Park South


philippe rizzotti, vermet tanguy, manal rachdi, samuel nageotte

coffice - ITALY
francesco colarossi, giovanna saracino, luisa saracino

daniel azuero, tomas jaramillo, andres gutierrez, juan jaramillo

Boston - USA
zhuojian peng, zhongwei li, yang wang

anna julibert foyo, saida dalmau alzina, carmen vilar agea

e-techture - UK
fulvio wirz, mariagrazia lanza

boguslaw witkowski, maciej starewicz, elmar hess

AlbertAbutArchitecture - JAPAN
albert abut

mario cottone, gregorio indelicato, laura baragiola

han dijk

alessandro di prisco, pietro nunziante

marcos castaings

Rannou- Le Corre - NETHERLANDS
florent le corre, gwenn rannou

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Solar Park South Works – Solar Highway – carried out by re-using Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway sections between Scilla and Bagnara to be decommissioned by the Italian Highways Authority. Proposals must provide design solutions for the Solar Park South in relation to both the values of the local landscape and the application and enhancement of renewable energies. By investigating and studying in detail sustainable solutions, the procedure will considerably impact on the diffusion of a culture of sustainability.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Landscape, Public, Renovation
Country Italy
RegDeadline 15 July 2010 GoogleCal iCal
30 July 2010 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility Professionals and Students from all over the world

The municipalities of Scilla and Bagnara are crossed by some ten kilometres of Italy’s Autostrada del Sole (A3 Salerno - Reggio Calabria Highway), constructed, for the most part, in the 1960s and ‘70s and featuring numerous imposing and, for their time, audacious infrastructures (viaducts and tunnels). This stretch of highway is set to be decommissioned following the construction of a new highway, composed largely of tunnels, designed to ensure the functional modernization and safety of this route. The new section of highway also incorporates the controversial plan for the Strait of Messina Bridge.

Thanks to a series of elegant viaducts designed by Nervi, Zorzi and Morandi, particular sections of the original route offer impressive views of the terraced, and in many cases, virgin rural landscape to one side, and of the sea, the Calabrian coast, the Strait of Messina, Sicily and the Aeolian Islands on the other.

The objective of the “Solar Park South” international competition is to stimulate concrete ideas and revolutionary proposals for the reuse of the soon to be decommissioned highway sections between Scilla and Bagnara. Participants are invited to develop their ideas-projects starting from the basic proposal to:

- Dedicate one carriageway (south-north) to the creation of a space for testing the production of energy using renewable sources, the search for and successive application of new sustainable technologies, and the implementation of measures focused on integrating the Park within the surrounding territory through the upgrading, fruition and valorisation of landscape;
- Reuse the other carriageway (north-south) as an alternative to the National Highway n. 18, which is both obsolete and fragile, in order to ensure better connections between Scilla and Bagnara, and between the latter communities and the surrounding mountainous and rural territory, as strongly requested by local inhabitants, through the reuse of the service roads and technical areas related to the construction of the new highway.


Emilio Ambasz, Architect and Designer, pioneer and theorist of " Green over the Gray” (USA)
James Wines, Architect and Artist, pioneer and theorist of "Green Architecture (USA)
Mario Cucinella, MCA - Architect, expert in sustainability and renewable energy (ITA)
Jörg Schlaich, Schlaich, Bergermann und Partners - Engineer, inventor solar tower (GER)
Patrick Blanc, Botanist, inventor of the vertical green walls (FRA)
Vicente Guallart, Architect, Professor and Director Iaac Barcelona (ESP)
Hans-Rudolf Schalcher, Engineer, Professor. ETH Zurich, Holcim Found. Management Board (SVI)
Jana Revedin, Architect, Curator Global Award for Sustainable Architecture (AUT)
Sarah Ichioka, Director Architecture Foundation in London (UK)
Vedran Mimica, Director Berlage Institute Rotterdam (NED)
Edo Ronchi, Sociologist, Environment Minister 1996-2000, Fond Pres. Sustainable Development (ITA)
Gianni Silvestrini, Engineer, Scientific Director Kyoto Club, President Exalto (ITA)
Ezio Terzini, Director Enea Portici Research Center (ITA)
Tonino Perna, Economics and Sociology, President Park Aspromonte 1999-2004 (ITA)
Rosaria Amantea, Architect, expert in territorial governance and landscape protection (ITA)

First prize: 20,000 Euros
Second prize: 7,500 Euros
Third prize: 2,500 Euros
Honourable Mention: up to 10 proposals

Entry Fee

2 images in .JPG format (945x450 pixels, maximum size 200kb each) and of 2 descriptive texts in English.

Awards ceremony and seminar-event: Regional Council Reggio Calabria: by November 2010

Regione Calabria - Town planning and Territorial Governance Department.

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