Creator and President of the evaluation jury: Prof. Carmine Gambardella, UNESCO Chair on Landscape, Cultural Heritage and Territorial Governance, President of Benecon University Consortium

Topics: Dwelling on Earth, architectures and cultural landscapes in the world of contemporaneity, ecological transition, cultural contaminations, and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The competition is open to architects, engineers and scholars in the disciplines of landscape, cultural heritage, territorial governance and urban design, also organized in multidisciplinary teams

Registration: free of charge, by sending an email to info@benecon.it  by 12 March 2023 indicating the names of the design team, email and telephone numbers, professions and any university affiliations

Prizes: first prize of 1,000 euro; second prize of 750 euro; special mention of 250 euro. Publication of the award-winning and worthy projects in the ‘ Quaderni/Notebooks’ of ‘Abitare la Terra/Dwelling on Earth’ International A Class magazine

Submission of project proposals: 30 April 2023 in digital format by email to info@benecon.it;  

8 May 2023 in paper format (only selected projects) to the operational headquarters of Benecon University Consortium, via I Maggio 13, Frignano (CE), Italy

Paper and digital material: Max. no. 3 A1 panels on rigid support; digital jpeg format, high resolution 59.4 x 84.1 cm, 300 dpi

Exhibition: 25 and 26 May 2023 at the Pegaso Tower, Centro Direzionale, F2 Island, Naples, on the occasion of the XXI International Forum ‘Le Vie dei Mercanti’ entitled ‘World Heritage and Dwelling on Earth’.

Jury: Carmine Gambardella (President); Orazio Carpenzano (Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome); Francesca Muzzillo (University of Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’); Efisio Pitzalis (University of Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’); Mosè Ricci (Sapienza University of Rome)

Concept for the logo of the XXI Forum World Heritage and Dwelling on Earth by Carmine Gambardella

The concept for the logo of the XXI Forum “World Heritage and Dwelling on Earth” represents the Golden Section, the irrational number which governs the Universe. The Earth, the home of the known living species, is inscribed in the great cosmic dwelling. Within this dwelling, all the biodiversity that makes up the sphere of the living obeys to the same proportional principle that governs knowledge in its limitless expansion (numerus innumerus). The amazement aroused by limitless expansion is manifested in the growth of the leaf as in the observation of the deepest space. Therefore, the Golden Section is the home of creativity; the ongoing quest of living beings acting proportionally, all with their own abilities but at different scales, to make the environment that contains them ever more hospitable.