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Replanning the commercial-industrial urban area of Canton Ticino, Switzerland

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The Town of Lugano is launching a competition along with the Communes of Barbengo, Collina d'Oro and Grancia and the regional spatial planning department (Dipartimento del territorio) to replan the largest commercial-industrial urban area of Canton Ticino, which currently provides over 5,000 jobs with a turnover of more than one billion Swiss francs.

The urban conglomeration of Lugano is among the largest economic urban centres in Switzerland. With this competition it aims to identify an innovative concept for what is to become a hub of economic development in the Ticino region.

The competition procedure involves a preselection process: applications will be processed, and up to fifteen groups will be invited to the main stage of the anonymous competition.
The prize money amounts to SFr.200,000 (approx. EUR125,000).
Applicants must submit a dossier by the entry deadline of 21 January 2008.
The competition itself will begin on 17 March 2008 and will close upon delivery of the work at the end of May 2008.
The procedure involves the participation of international interdisciplinary teams, and applicants must be willing to accept additional mandates from the party inviting tenders.

Judging is by an international panel of external experts: Rico Maggi, economist (Switzerland, chairman) Willi Hüsler, transport specialist (Switzerland) Andreas Kipar. ;andscape architect (Germany) Paolo La Greca. architect & town planner (Italy) Henk Hartzema. architect & town planner (The Netherlands) Enzo Lucibello. entrepreneur (Switzerland)

For information and a registration form, go to: http://www.pianscairolo.ch/index.php?id=9

Closing date for applications: 21 January 2008

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