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Reusing Rooftops Barcelona 2024

“Reusing Rooftops Barcelona 2024” seeks innovative and sustainable ideas for the reuse of unused rooftops, terraces, and courtyards in densely populated urban environments. It is focused on the city of Barcelona and invites the international community of architects to submit proposals that transform these often forgotten spaces into living spaces with endless possible uses, thus fostering a new way of experiencing cities from the heights.

Transforming rooftops into productive spaces not only contributes to the creation of areas for recreation and nature in the city but also plays a crucial role in improving air quality, reducing urban heat islands, better rainwater management, thermal insulation of buildings with the consequent energy saving, and increasing and protecting local biodiversity.

At a time when the climate crisis demands concrete actions, “Reusing Rooftops Barcelona 2024” becomes a platform to address urban sustainability and climate
adaptation in regions particularly exposed to the impacts of the climate crisis, such as the Mediterranean region

Objectives:

  • Giving a new use to rooftops, terraces, and interior courtyards, turning them into attractive spaces for neighbors and society. They invite participants to think beyond conventional solutions, exploring new ideas for the use of urban space.
  • Promoting sustainable architecture through innovative strategies, ecological materials, efficient water management, and the incorporation of renewable energy sources in urban environments.
  • Contributing to climate change adaptation by creating urban green spaces that can act as “lungs” for the city, improving air quality, and reducing the urban heat island effect.
  • Improving urban biodiversity by promoting the reintroduction of native flora and the creation of habitats for local fauna, turning rooftops into crucial nodes for biodiversity in the urban environment.
  • Developing solutions that can be applied in other cities with similar challenges of sustainability, urban density, and water management to generate a global dialogue on the importance of urban architecture in the era of climate change.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Innovation and Originality
  • Technical Feasibility
  • Sustainability
  • Flexibility and adaptability

Eligibility:

  • The competition is open to all, including architecture students, professional architects, and individuals from other disciplines such as engineering, philosophy, sociology, photography, etc. All nationalities are welcome.
  • Teams can consist of one to four members, all of whom must be at least 18 years old. The registration fee is per team, irrespective of team size.
  • If a team or participant wishes to submit more than one proposal, they must register and pay the fee for each submission.
  • Jurors, the organization, or anyone directly related to the jury are not allowed to participate in this competition.

Awards:

  • 1st Prize: 3,000€
  • 2nd Prize: 1,000€
  • 3rd Prize: 500€
  • Soprema Honorable Mention: 500€
  • 10 Honorable Mentions
  • 30 Finalists
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