15th International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea 2024

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15th International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea 2024

15th International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea 2024 is now open for entries!

15th International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea 2024: The 15th International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea 2024 has been recently organised by Trieste Contemporanea Committee with the aim of showcasing the most original design offerings from the countries of Central Eastern Europe.

About Competition


The Trieste Contemporanea Committee announces the 15th edition of the International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea with the aim of showcasing the most original contemporary design offerings from the countries of Central Eastern Europe.

The competition is a biennial event established in 1995 by the Italian scholar of aesthetics and design Gillo Dorfles.

This competition is an initiative towards the “GO! 2025 – Nova Gorica and Gorizia European Capital of Culture 2025” event, and produced by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee with the support of the Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia.

This edition of the competition seeks a potentially iconic item of street furniture that could represent symbolic meanings linked to historical location of Nova Gorica/Gorizia, and the sharing of cultural values.

Street furniture is more than just a functional tool, it embodies social values and community action. As such, does it have the potential to also influence and shape those values and action? What can be sustainably transmitted in this location, at this point in time, through urban design to future citizens?

The contestant should design a seating installation (e.g. a bench) with the above concept and sentiments and of course for resting, viewing the panorama and socializing. The object of the study could possibly be placed both in the city of Nova Gorica and in that of Gorizia (at least two places in the two cities have to be foreseen in the project) and embody the ideal union of the two cities during GO! 2025 event, as well as future testimony to this ECoC 2025 and its values.

The panel of judges, consisting of international experts and representatives from the Central European Initiative and Trieste Contemporanea, will select a number of best designs and award the contest’s prizes.

The awards ceremony will take place in Trieste by the end of June 2024.


Submission requirements


The project of the original design object conceived for the competition, containing all the information required for its production and its eventual site-location in the two GO! 2025 cities _ pdf file, max 5 MB.

An account describing the concept behind the new design object, including a detailed rationale of all design and production choices (together with the explanation of their symbolic roots linked to the history, culture and sentiments of the two GO! 2025 cities) _ max 2500 characters.

Candidate’s descriptive CV text _ max 1500 characters.





Eligibility


Individuals and groups can participate in the competition. The competition is open to designers born in CEI member states (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine). There is no age limit.



Prize


Should Trieste Contemporanea decide to realize prototypes from the awarded projects, the winners will be informed in due course. These prototypes will remain the property of Trieste Contemporanea.

All the selected and winning projects, together with any presented by designers invited hors concours, should be displayed in a final exhibition in Trieste alongside the award ceremony. The Committee reserves the right to exhibit these projects elsewhere in Italy and abroad.

The awards ceremony will take place in Trieste by the end of June 2024. The winning designers will be invited to Trieste in order to collect their prize, their travel and accommodation expenses paid for by Trieste Contemporanea.



Entry fees


There is no entry fee to participate!

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