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3 projects receive a special mention from selectors during exhibition in Venice, Italy, 13th Architecture Biennial.

- Municipal Housing Secretariat of Sao Paulo, Brasil with ‘Catinho do Céu Complex’ 

- Ateliermob with ‘Working with the 99 per cent’

- Interazioni Urbane with ‘Fil Rouge_urban project’

Exhibition opening hours:

27 August - 10am to 9pm (inauguration 6pm).

28 August to 1 September - 10am to 5pm.
Magazzino Gardini (part of Magazzini del Sale), Punta della Dogana, Zattere, Dorsoduro 263, 30100 Venezia.

The 10 selected projects:

Ateliermob, Portugal, Working with the 99%

Pichler Georg, Austria, Dumplab

gravalosdimonte arquitectos, Spain, Estonoesunsolar

Giovanni Hänninen, Italy, Rendering The City

Interazioni Urbane, Italy, FIL ROUGE_urban project

KH 11, Denmark, BaseCamp: a pop-up culture

Municipal Housing Secretariat of São Paulo, Brasil, Cantinho do Ceu Complex

Paolo Patelli, Italy, A field is to play

Splace, Italy, Down Plastic Town

Claire Taggart, UK, Social housing


FUTURE CITIES - PLANNING FOR THE 90 PER CENT is an open call for visual projects in any media capable of transforming our urban spaces. Artists, photographers, architects and designers are invited to reflect on issues facing people in private and public spaces around the world, such as housing, transport, environment, leisure, overcrowding, proposing low cost, low tech solutions to improve conditions and understanding.

In forty years time, seven out of the world’s nine billion inhabitants will be living in cities. Almost half will be living in non-formal accommodation. The need to improve the metabolism of the metropolis by designing for conditions and environments which have always been considered emergency situations is now urgent and necessary.

PLANNING FOR THE 90 PER CENT is an invitation to take a harder look at the real city wherever you happen to be, making time to think about the very important improvements that can be made by creative and thoughtful solutions to everyday problems.

The ten selected projects will be exhibited at the Magazzino Gardini (Magazzini del Sale), Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy, 27 August to 1 September 2012, during the upcoming XIII Architecture Biennial.

Selections by:

Anna Detheridge, president of Connecting Cultures, research agency, Milan.

Joseph Grima, architect, editor of Domus Magazine.

Richard Ingersoll, professor of Architecture at Syracuse University, Florence.

Fulvio Irace, architect, professor of History of Modern Architecture, Milan.
Mary Jane Jacob, artistic director of Public Programmes and director of Exhibition studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Competition of ideas open to artists, architects, design-related professionals, and non-professionals, multidisciplinary teams for low cost, low tech interventions designed to confront critical issues regarding public space and infrastructure in specific contexts.  

Goal of Future Cities Award

The competition is designed to give visibility to 'decent architecture', to micro-urban interventions in any city in the world planned to respond to a demand or explicit need of a population or community, whether in poor areas of western cities, or in the shanty towns of Africa, Asia or Latin America. Candidates are required to select a particular local issue or problem to which low cost, low tech responses are appropriate through micro-urban interventions for the regeneration of public space.

The project may address one or more of the following needs:

- practical every day problems of survival and or sanitation
- the removal of physical, social or symbolic barriers
- mobility and communication across the city
- opportunities for social inclusion/education or aggregation at a local level
- the re-appropriation of public space favouring new connections and new uses
- innovative ideas in reinterpreting public space as place
- issues limiting the quality of life of the inhabitants of a specific area

Projects can be presented in the form of installations utilizing any media such as photography, video, other media, documentary materials; services for the city; urban communication projects; urban furniture.

Evaluation criteria

- Community impact: the project should promote an active and open design community process that engage people and collaborate with local stakeholders.
- Economic sustainability: the project submitted should be sustainable from the point of view of the local economy and propose creative low budget material solutions.
- Design quality: innovative solutions favouring new connections, new uses, promoting basic human rights, dignity and social inclusion.

Works submitted to date

Planning for the 90 per cent is possible thanks to a collaboration between Connecting Cultures, Domus Magazine, Bucintoro Cultura, Art&salE and Celeste Network.

Connecting Cultures



Anna Detheridge
Anna Detheridge

Joseph Grima
Joseph Grima

Richard Ingersoll
Richard Ingersoll

Fulvio Irace
Fulvio Irace

Mary Jane Jacob
Mary Jane Jacob


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