"teatro è città"
Programme for the Valorisation of the Roman Theatre in Spoleto
As part of the reorganisation of the National Archaeological Museum in
Spoleto, the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici of Umbria and the
Direzione per l’architettura e l’arte contemporanee (DARC), in
association with the relative local institutions, are promoting a
programme that aims at re-thinking the relationship between the Museum,
the Roman Theatre located beside it and the surrounding urban spaces,
with the aim of favouring and improving the use of the entire
archaeological complex, within the context of the surrounding urban spaces.
This has led to the creation of this International Ideas Competition for
the definition of a programme for the valorisation of the Roman Theatre
– restored and partially rebuilt at the end of the 1950’s and today a
part of the Archaeological Museum that was opened in 1985 within the
former Benedictine Monastery of St. Agata – as part of the project to
improve the use of this space, already home to events belonging to the
International Due Mondi Festival.
The principal objectives of the Ideas Competition are the improvement of
accessibility to the Theatre from the surrounding urban spaces – with
particular reference to the adjacent Piazza delle Libertà and access
from the via S. Agata and the via delle Terme; the improvement of the
functional performance of the Theatre as well as making it an inviting
and stimulating home for cultural events in general; the integration
between the Theatre and the spaces of the Museum, in relationship to the
definition of a new and more organic path for those visiting the entire
This interdisciplinary Competition will take place in two phases and be
evaluated by a Jury of internationally renowned figures from the fields
of architecture, art, archaeology and theatre. Admittance to the second
phase will be reserved to seven groups, following the initial stage of
prequalification on the basis of curriculum and a brief declaration of
The deadline for the receipt of all requests to participate must be
received by the end of January 2005; the final submission of the
Competition material and its evaluation will take place during the month
of April 2005.
The Jury’s evaluation will be announced during the Settimana della
Cultura 2005, as part of a conference and exhibition marking the end of
the Competition. The Competition results will be presented as part of a
broader debate about the themes raised by the Competition.
The aim of the Competition is that of presenting ideas and projects that
further develop the themes presented, as part of the promotion of the
quality of architecture being pursued by the DARC since its creation.
The winning idea will be the object of a successive phase of development
according to a set of guidelines to be established between the Client
and the winning design team. These implementation of these guidelines
will be made possible by a suitable financial investment on the part of
the Competition Organising Body, as well as those other figures directly
interested by the results of the Competition.
31 january 2005 > the final submission of the Competition material
15 febrary 2005 > Admittance to the second phase reserved to seven groups
15 april 2005 > delivery second phases material
30 april 2005 > evaluation
Art. 1 – Competition Organising Body
Soprintendenza per i beni archeologici dell’Umbria in agreement with
DARC - Direzione generale per l'architettura e l'arte contemporanee.
Address: Piazza Partigiani, 9 06121 Perugia
Contacts: Tel. +39.075.5759625, Fax +39.075.5728200
E-mail. [email protected]
Art. 2 – Competition Organising Committee
Competition Coordinator: Dott.ssa Mariarosaria Salvatore
Technical Coordination Team: arch. Gabriele Mastrigli (coordinator),
arch. Spartaco Capannelli, dott.ssa Rosaria Mencarelli, dott.ssa Elena
Pelosi, arch. Esmeralda Valente, arch. Ester Annunziata.
Organising Secretary: geom. Carlo Fiove Fantozzi, dott.ssa Rosanna
Lancia, geom. Angelo Panella, dott. Marco Saioni.
Art. 3 - Competition Type and Distribution of the Brief
Two-Phase International ideas Competition. The Brief will be published
in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Art. 4 - Object of the Competition
The objective of the Ideas Competition is a programme for the
valorisation of the Roman Theatre in Spoleto – restored and partially
reconstructed at the end of the 1950’s and today a part of the
Archaeological Museum, opened in 1985, located within the Complex of the
Monastery of St. Agata – that re-thinks the relationship between the
Museum, the Theatre itself and the surrounding urban spaces. This
programme is aimed at favouring the fruition of the entire
archaeological complex within the existing urban context, with the
intention of improving the use of the theatre, which already hosts a
portion of the prestigious Due Mondi International Festival.
Art. 5 – Objectives of the Competition
The principal objectives of the Ideas Competition are the improvement of
accessibility to the Theatre from the surrounding urban spaces - with
particular reference to the adjacent Piazza delle Libertà and access from
the via S. Agata and the via delle Terme; the improvement of the functional
performance of the Theatre as well as making it an inviting and stimulating
home for cultural events in general; the integration between the Theatre
the spaces of the Museum, in relationship to the definition of a new and
more organic path for those visiting the entire archaeological complex.
Art. 6 - Documentation
The following documentation is available to those participating in the
Competition, beginning from the pre-qualification phase:
- orientation report;
- report on the existing urban situation;
- historical and archaeological report;
- urban framing map;
- architectural and archaeological site survey;
- photographic documentation;
All of the documentation will be made available on-line on the official
website of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell'Umbria
Art. 7 - Language
The official languages of the Competition are Italian and English.
Art. 8 - The First Phase of the Competition
8.1 – Eligible Parties for the Pre-Qualification Phase
The Competition is open to architects and engineers from the European
Union, Switzerland and Norway, duly registered with their respective
self-regulatory bodies or, in any event, with the professional
associations in their home countries and, as a result, entitled to
practice their profession and to participate in architectural design
competitions at the time of registering for this competition. They may
participate individually or jointly, as members of groups, associations
or companies, though it is necessary to nominate an architect or
engineer as legal representative.
8.2 - Incompatibility
The following may not participate in the Competition:
- the effective or supplementary members of the Jury, the members of the
organising committee or the technical coordination team, their spouses
and relatives (up to and including the third degree removed).
- partners, associates, or employees of any Jury member or member of the
Competition Organising Body.
- any persons involved in the preparation of the Brief and attached
- those who have working relationships with Societies, Institutions or
Public Administrations, unless they hold specific authorisation.
8.3 - Request for Pre-Qualification – Submission Methods and Contents
All Italian and foreign designers interested in participating in the
Competition must provide the following documentation:
a) a declaration containing: personal and legal/financial information,
professional licence number for single participants or each member of
associations or groups, and collaborators and consultants, who must
countersign the document; the designation of the group leader;
b) a maximum of n.5 (five) A4 pages of images and text relative to the
works of the individual/group, built or un-built, with a specific focus
on the theme of the competition and the approach proposed by the applicant;
c) a curriculum, that must not exceed n.4 (four) A4 pages, which
highlights built projects and the results obtained in idea and design
competitions (award winning projects or honourable mentions);
d) a maximum of n.3 (three) A4 pages containing a brief description of
the design intention, accompanied by text and images.
The document listed under letter b) may include a broad range of
projects, or a more reduced number with a greater level of detail.
All of the material described must be bound in a single document; the
copy submitted will not be returned to the applicant.
All the images related to 8.3.b and 8.3.d must be provided in digital
format (.jpg or .tif).
In the event of group participation, the quantity of documentation
remains the same, independently of the number of group members.
The material must be forwarded in a single, sealed and anonymous
envelope. The following writing must be clearly legible on the outside
of the envelope:
Programma di valorizzazione del Teatro romano di Spoleto
Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell'Umbria.
Piazza Partigiani, 9
8.4 - Terms for the Presentation of the Request for Pre-Qualification
The submission deadline is 5:00 pm on January 31, 2005. The submission
may be entrusted to a courier or the State Postal Service, or be
delivered in person. In the event that the envelope is forwarded by mail
or by courier, the mailing date will not sufficient. Any envelopes
received after this date will not be opened.
8.5 - Number of Applicants to be Pre-Qualified and Criteria for Selection
Within 15 days of the submission date a maximum of 7 candidates will be
selected by the Jury to participate in the Second Phase. The Jury’s
decision will be based, hierarchically, on the following elements:
- architectural quality demonstrated by the applicant’s experience;
- innovative potential of the proposals presented and their feasibility;
- interdisciplinary character of the design team, focusing on the
presence of figures operating in the disciplines relative to the object
of the competition (ex. archaeologists, urban planners, theatre experts,
set designers, etc.);
- the demonstration of a sensitivity towards interventions in delicate
contexts, such as historical centres.
Art. 9 - The Second Phase of the Competition
9.1 - The Beginning of the Second Phase
Following the selection of the 7 candidates, the Organising Body will
forward a communication by e-mail and Registered Mail to the designers
(individuals or groups) that have been selected, inviting them to
participate in the Second Phase.
The names of the 7 candidates invited to the Second Phase will also be
published on-line on the official website of the Soprintendenza per i
Beni Archeologici dell'Umbria
The candidates selected to participate in the Second Phase must present
the design proposal based on the declaration of intent expressed during
the First Phase. The competitors will receive further design indications
and material that will be useful in the preparation of the proposal. All
documents will be provided in digital format, compatible with both
Windows and Mac platforms.
It is left to the discretion of the competitors to make the necessary
site visits to the competition area, in order to integrate the
information contained within the documentation attached to the
Competition Brief. The competitors are asked to contact the Organising
Secretary in order to arrange a date for a site visit, at the following
9.2 - Required Documentation
The design proposal is to be presented on n.3 (three) A1 panels, mounted
on a lightweight rigid backing.
Layout and technique are at the discretion of the candidates.
The panels must also be provided in A3 format, bound in an album, with
another n.5 (five) A3 pages containing a synthetic report about the
project, including a general technical and economic evaluation. Two
copies of the album must be provided.
Any changes to this format will result in disqualification.
All documents must be provided in digital format .tif or .jpg at 300 dpi
for the images, .doc for the texts.
9.3 – Questions and Answers
The invited candidates may forward written questions about the
Competition Brief and its attachments by mail or e-mail to the
Competition Secretary within 15 days after receiving the invitation to
participate in the Second Phase. Within the following 15 days a
synthesis of the questions and their relative answers will be available
on-line at the official website of the competition.
9.4 - Submission Requirements
All competition entries must be received by 5:00 pm on April 15, 2005,
at the same address and as per the same methods indicated for the First
Art. 10 – The Jury
The Jury is composed of internationally renowned consultants from the
fields of architecture, art, archaeology and theatre, divided amongst
the effective and supplementary members. The Jurors will be the same for
both phases of the Competition.
Whenever one of the effective Jurors is absent, he/she will be
definitively substituted by a supplementary member to be designated by
the President of the Jury. For this reason, all supplementary members
will participate integrally in all Jury sessions, though without
exercising the right to vote.
A recording secretary, without the right to vote, will also participate
in the Jury sessions. A Technical Committee will assist the Jury during
the Second Phase with the preliminary evaluation of the proposals.
The Jury is composed of:
Mariarosaria Salvatore (President) - Soprintendente Beni Archeologici
Margherita Guccione - architect, Direzione Generale Architettura e Arte
Carmen Piños - architect, Barcelona;
Mario Manieri Elia – architectural historian, Rome;
Luigi Ronconi – theatre director, Milan;
Bruno Toscano – art historian, Spoleto;
Maria Carmela Frate - architect, President of The Architectural
Association of the Province of Perugia;
Alessandro Rocconi - engineer, designated by The Professional
Association of Engineers of the Province of Perugia;
Susanna Ferrini - architect, Rome;
Liliana Costamagna - Director of the National Archaeological Museum of
Art. 11 – Jury Sessions
The Jury will begin work following the submission of the requests to
participate, and will conclude its works on April 30, 2005, with the
selection of the winning project. The decision will be a majority vote.
Upon completion of its works, the Jury will make its decision public,
accompanied by a conclusive report.
Art. 12 - Criteria for the Evaluation of the Proposals
In order to formulate its decision the Jury will consider the following
- the quality of the architectural solutions;
- the innovative nature of the approach towards the programmatic and
- the integration of the proposal with the existing architectural and
- the attention to the specific requirements of the
- the economic and technical feasibility of the solutions being proposed.
Art. 13 - Competition Results and Prizes
The Competition will conclude with the preparation of a graduated list
of candidates and the proclamation of the winning project.
The author (or authors) of the winning project will receive an award of
10,000 Euro (VAT included), comprehensive of the reimbursement of any
costs. The remaining six designers (or groups) selected for the Second
Phase will each receive 3,000 Euro (VAT included) as reimbursement for
all costs sustained.
Art. 14 - Exhibition and Publication of the Competition Documents
The public presentation of the Competition results and the winning
projects will take place during an international conference focused on
themes related to the valorisation of archaeological sites in urban
contexts. During this event an exhibition and the presentation of the
catalogue will conclude the Competition, publicly presenting the
evaluations made by the Jury.
Art. 15 – Scientific Committee
A Scientific Committee has been created to manage the promotion of the
Competition results and the parallel initiatives at the national and
international level. The Committee is composed of:
Pio Baldi – Director General for Contemporary Art and Architecture;
Anna Reggiani - Director General for Archaeological Heritage;
Costantino Centroni – Director General for Cultural Heritage in Umbria;
Luca Ronconi – Theatre Director, Artistic Director of the Piccolo Teatro
Francis Menotti – Artistic Director of the Due Mondi Festival of Spoleto;
Letizia Pani Ermini - archaeologist, Professor of Mediaeval Archaeology
at the “La Sapienza” University in Rome.
The Jury members are also part of the Scientific Committee.
Art. 16 - Development of the Winning Project
The Competition Organising Body will work towards the realisation of the
ideas contained within the winning project through its successive
development, according to guidelines that will be agreed upon between
the Client and the winning designer(s).
Art. 17 - Summary of Submission Dates
January 31, 2005 final date for receipt of requests to
February 15, 2005 selection of the 7 candidates for the Second Phase
April 15, 2005 submission of Second Phase documentation
April 30, 2005 selection of the winning project
May 2005 inauguration of the exhibition as part of the
Settimana della Cultura 2005
Art. 18 - Disqualification
Projects may be disqualified for the following reasons:
- submissions received after the final submission date;
- if the imposed and accepted conditions and limitations are not respected.
Art. 19 - Transportation and Insurance
All participants must cover the costs of shipping and, whenever
necessary, for insuring the documentation.
Art. 20 - Rights and Properties
The right of intellectual property and the copyright of the projects
presented belong to the competitors. The Competition Organising Body
reserves the right to publicly present, publish or allow the publication
of the proposals for reasons of cultural promotion, without compensation
to the entrants. The documentation remains the property of the
Competition Organising Body.
Art. 21 - Extensions
As the result of exceptional events, the Competition Organising Body
reserves the right to extend the terms for the submission of the
requests to participate in the pre-qualification phase and/or the
submission of the Second Phase documentation. Any eventual extensions
will be communicated in a timely fashion through the official website of
the Soprintendenza Archaeological dell'Umbria and, with regards to the
Second Phase, directly to the selected competitors.
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