Consiglio Nazionale degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori
Ordine degli Architetti Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori della Provincia di Macerata
Università di Camerino
Comune di Camerino
Archeoclub d'Italia

XXXII International Seminar and Award for Architecture and Urban Culture - Camerino 2022

THE CITY OF DESIRES. Dreams and architectural drawings
The House
The district
The Urban networks

CAMERINO, university auditorium 31 July - 4 August 2022


What kind of city do we want? The question involves our way of being with others, the need for sociality and the space where we organize our ‘living together’. As such, the city is not a static reality but a project in progress, a utopia that animates our desires, a goal towards which we continually aim.

The opening words offer promises of happiness which, however, clash with the unresolved contrasts of the 'globalized' society. Inequalities, ethnic, religious and political diversities hold back the common expectations with walls of suspicion, fear or indifference. These attitudes that tend to impoverish the communication and to narrow the gaze towards horizons limited by barriers that sometimes appear as insurmountable.

Against this negative aspect of social life, by its very nature, in spite of that the city offers opportunities for meeting and relating in institutional places, in public spaces, in streets and markets, in work or leisure places, in the neighborhood up to the proximity of homes. Here the multitude of singular stories are mixed with the sharing of common problems, expectations, pleasures and sorrows.

The architectural discipline, in its 'construction of the city', can seize the opportunity to 'propose bridges': living spaces that encourage the desire to be together, to stop to know each other and recognizing each other's differences.

From the house to the neighborhood and to the urban networks, the projects, at different scales, can envisage inclusive places where social experiences of friendship and participation can grow.

The briefly introduced topic will be debate in the three workshops provided by the Seminar:
- The House
- The district
-The Urban networks



The study days will include sessions scheduled with short reports, communications and interdisciplinary discussions alternating with workshops in which all members can present their work and discuss various aspects of the proposed project. The works presented by the participants in the Prize will be collected in the catalog.

On the final day, certificates of participation will be awarded and the prizes SACU - CAMERINO 2022.

A monograph of the workshop will be published on Architettura e Città, Di Baio Editore.


How to attend the seminar

Students, researchers, teachers, professionals and practitioners interested in the topic can participate in the seminar. Participants will stay at university colleges at a cost of 25 € per night and 8 € per meal.
The registration fee is 80€, (40€ for students).
Application must be received by July 27, 2022 (by July 11 to also participate in the SACU Award - Camerino 2022)

Coupon online registration


How to enter the competition 

Participation in the award is optional and is reserved for those enrolled in the Architecture and Urban Culture Seminar - Camerino 2022. Professionals, graduates and students of Italian and international Schools of Architecture and Engineering can participate. Participation can take place both individually and in groups. In the case of group participation, it will be sufficient for at least one member of the group to register and participate in the seminar. Each participant, single or group, may present only one work.

Unpublished works (projects, research, completed works) completed from 2017 onwards are admitted. The same must be relevant to the design themes proposed by the seminar and contain the inspiring principles highlighted in the introduction; in particular they must contain innovative elements of ideas, technologies, programs for an ecological and quality Architecture.


Required documents
The submission of entries involves two distinct phases:

First phase: the application form and two files with the most relevant information on work/project must be submitted by 18th July 2022. The summary should consist of some illustrations and a short text (font Arial, body not less than 9) all clearly readable and reproducible typographically. This documentation should be contained in two files in JPG or PDF format, 300 DPI, each of size 18 x 26.7 cm h. In the header of the first folder the author/s and title of the work should be highlighted. Participants should also highlight the context in which the project experience was carried out (Institution or University, Year, Course, Thesis, Supervisor, …).
All the material will be collected and published in the catalogue.

Second phase: from Saturday July 30, each participant will have an exhibition area of about cm 170x180h, where designs, tables, photographs and other material can be exhibit.  Please note that only adhesive tape (removable) or hangers on rigid support are permitted. During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to briefly explain their work. For communication you should also prepare material for video projections.

Clarification requests can be sent by e-mail to


Awards - Jury
The SACU 2021 Architecture Prize consists of a total of € 4,000 broken down as follows:

€ 1,500 for 1st place
n. 2 expense reimbursements from € 500
n. 2 reports

Critics Award
€ 1,500

It is possible to award ex-aequo prizes. All the works awarded and reported will be published in the issue 18 of the ARCHITECTURE and CITY series.
The award ceremony will take place at the end of the seminar. The works will be selected with a vote expressed by the participants enrolled in the seminar. Finally a commission made up of:
President of the National Architects Council, PPC or his delegate
President of the Architects Order, PPC of the province of Macerata or his delegate
n. 3 among professionals and teachers invited to the seminar, coming from different universities
will assign, at its final judgment, the expected prizes and awards.

The same commission reserves the right to award the Critics Prize among all the works presented.


Secretariat - Information
Eleonora Branchesi, tel. + 39 3396506447

Director: Giovanni Marucci

Seminario di Architettura e Cultura Urbana - Camerino