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Ideas contest opens for Rome fortress overhaul

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An international under-35s ideas competition has been launched for a new leisure and cultural complex within Rome’s ruined Forte Portuense

Proposals for the 4200m² site must include artists’ studios, a gallery, theatre, hotel, kindergarten, senior centre, classrooms and sports areas.

The abandoned fortress was built in 1890 after Rome became the capital of Italy.

According to the brief: ‘Forte Portuense is becoming a topic of discussion among several public and private players who wish to establish here the first element in a network of facilities for entertainment, culture and wellness.’

The brief continued: ‘But how to transform a former military architecture into a leisure and cultural focal point which is capable on one hand of triggering urban redevelopment and social cooperation and on the other hand to attract citizens and tourists?’

The competition jury includes Rome’s urban planning chief Maurizio Geusa and Eddorado Curra of La Sapienza Roma University.

The top prize is £6,300 and the competition language is English.

The deadline for registration is 19 January.

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