The Municipality of Villaputzu has launched an ideas contest to rethink Porto Corallo’s waterfront promenade in Sardinia, Italy
The anonymous competition seeks innovative ideas to reconnect the picturesque Mediterranean tourist port, beach and waterfront with the historic settlement and surrounding countryside which is currently severed by a busy coastal road.
The £3.5 million project aims to upgrade Porto Corallo’s waterfront promenade while also creating new routes and public spaces intended to promote recreational and sporting activities. Proposals must protect local landscape environmental features and provide car parking and temporary facilities for public events.
According to the brief: ‘The overall objective is to enhance the Porto Corallo promenade; the stretch from the mouth of the Flumendosa to the beach of Porto Su Tramatzu. This would create a connection which, starting from the upgrading of the existing coastal road, would integrate it with a system of low-impact, low-speed routes (slow ways), thereby allowing for a more sustainable use of beaches and other areas of naturalistic, landscape and cultural interest.
‘This system of routes will include public equipped areas, in which both the inhabitants of the place and tourists will be able to enjoy playful, recreational and sporting activities in the open air. The new connection system will have to link up existing services, starting with the marina. However, at the same time it will have to be a framework on which to build any further services that may be implemented in the future.’
Porto Corallo is a small tourist resort on the Mediterranean Sea, around 45km north-east of the Sardinian capital Cagliari. The area features a marina, hotels, and a 15th-century tower designed to defend the coastline from attacking Saracens.
The latest project aims to regenerate Porto Corallo’s waterfront promenade by improving connections between the port and town and by delivering new public facilities for visitors and local residents.
Submissions should include four A1-sized display boards along with an 8,000-character project description and cost estimates. Concepts must work towards an estimated £3.5 million project budget and include proposals for a £1 million ‘self-sufficient’ intervention which could be delivered as the first phase.
Judges include Paolo Sanjust and Ginevra Balletto from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Cagliari and Simone Ferreli from the Order of Architects of the Province of Cagliari.
The competition languages are English and Italian. The overall winner, due to be announced on 19 November, will receive an £8,800 prize. There will also be a second prize of £3,500 and third prize of £1,700.
The deadline for submissions is midday local time, 2 July.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
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