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

XXXI International Seminar and Award for Architecture and Urban Culture - Camerino 2021

VILLAGES, CITIES, LOCAL AREAS. Attempting Innovation

Innovative urban design projects
Ways of (re-)inhabiting
Infrastructures, landscapes, slow mobility

from CAMERINO, Special Online Streaming Edition July 26 - 30, 2021


The aim of this year's Seminar is to canvass a wide set of issues regarding settlement processes and to open new prospects in this domain. The urge for new approaches stems from a long line of pressures accrued over the past decades, up until the latest sanitary crisis.

The research for a more balanced relationship with the urban space, its local community, and territory is crucial to preserve resources and to advance freedom and social equality, that is, to grant better quality of life for individuals and communities.

To envision change means to devise the innovative models we need to balance out what causes distress to a large part of contemporary society and to harmonize social needs and expectations. Likewise, new approaches are needed to overcome dichotomies such as center vs. periphery, coast vs. inland, and fringe vs. high-development areas.

Inclusion and connection: such paradigms will inform relationships among the various domains of private and public life. Home, work, free-time, healthcare, and education ought to be conceived as easily accessible in a healthy environment, in cities as well as in less densely populated areas. In this picture, regional mobility infrastructures composed by intermodal networks are invested with the potential of "closing up distances" and adding value to landscapes.

Given this framework, our main topic will be further developed in three thematic workshops:
- Innovative urban design projects
- Ways of (re-)inhabiting
- Infrastructures, landscapes, slow mobility


The study days will include sessions with short planned reports, interdisciplinary communications and conversations alternating with workshops within which all members can present their works, collected in the catalog. Participants will be sent a certificate of participation. 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 operators interested in the topic can participate in the seminar.
The registration fee is 40 euros (20 euros for students).
Applications must be received online by July 16, 2021 through the appropriate registration form (updating)
Coupon online registration


How to enter the competition 
Participation in the prize is optional and is reserved for students enrolled in the Seminar of Architecture and Urban Culture - Camerino 2021.
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.


The Prize
Unpublished works (projects, research, completed works) completed from 2016 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:

For the virtual gallery:

n. 4 horizontal format images and a short illustrative text of 1500 characters including spaces with the context in which the project experience was carried out (client organization; that is, University, Year, Course, Degree Thesis, Supervisor ...)

For the catalog: The same material paginated in two JPG or PDF format files, 300 DPI, each with dimensions of 18 cm (base) x 26.7 (height).

The papers must be sent online, attached to the application for registration to the seminar, no later than 16 July 2021 (16.07.2021).

Requests for clarification can be sent by e-mail to; the answers will be published on the FAQ page.strative text (max 1,500 characters, spaces included);


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 of the ARCHITECTURE and CITY series which will deal with the Seminar.
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

tel. (+39) 0737 434795 - (+39) 348 3812949

Director: Giovanni Marucci

Seminario di Architettura e Cultura Urbana - Camerino