The Institute and ING Bank Romania launched Urbaniada, a competition that will award solutions aimed to improve the living in urban areas. The winners of the competition will receive awards between EUR 15,100 to EUR 100,000 to translate the projects into reality, with the total amount to be awarded in prizes mounting up to EUR 250,000.
Urbaniada is a public competition, open to architects, specialists, admen or NGO members who have architecture projects, projects for urban spaces or public interventions. The entries are open until December 14th 2015, on www.urbaniada.net; the organizers are seeking projects with impact over large communities, specific to big cities, with a minimum population of 100,000 inhabitants.
“We want to contribute to a better life within cities. This is one of our objectives, part of ING’s CSR strategy. Through Urbaniada, we are offering the possibility of a partnership between all those preoccupied by the quality of life in the city – architects, urban specialists, NGOs, with the purpose of finding real solutions and apply them,” said Iosefina Frolu, Corporate Communication Director ING Bank Romania.
The submitted projects will be evaluated by a jury of 9 specialists in areas such as: architecture, urbanism, sociology and antropology: Adrian Soare (architect-partner – SYAA), Andrei Serbescu (architect-partner ADN BA), Attila Kim (architect), Bogdan Iancu (lecturer sociology department SNSPA), Mircea Toma (president ActiveWatch), Oana Preda (executive director CeRe), Rudolf Grӓf (architect-partner Vitamin Architects), Teodor Frolu (architect, entrepreneur and co-founder Rowmania) and Vera Marin (architect, president of Urban Transition Association in Romania).
The judging process will include two steps: an online stage – where everyone can enter the work – and, following it, a second stage where will be admitted only the first 8 projects. The candidates will present them in front of the jury and ING’s CSR board.
The finalists will be announced on January 20th 2016 and the list of the winning projects will be made public by March 1st next year.