InstantHouse Social Club 2011 Award

23 December 2010

InstantHouse Social Club 2011 Award

For MADEexpo Milano Architettura Design Edilizia, a trade show which will take place from October 5 to October 8, 2011 at the Fiera Milano Rho convention center, Federlegno Arredo Srl intends to promote a contest whose goal is to select designs that are complimentary to future and existing social housing scenarios, building a catalogue of architecture that is sensitive to environmental and territorial issues, sustainability, and the need for well-being and high quality of life.
The winning design will be built on the chosen site on the Vie d'Acqua (Water Streets) of Expo 2015 by Federlegno Arredo Srl and with the various institutions that will be involved.
The contest is targeted toward architecture, engineering, and industrial design students and recent graduates (Italian and non-) who possess the prerequisites that are presented in this announcement.

2. Sponsor
The contest is sponsored by Federlegno Arredo Srl for MADEexpo, in collaboration with Milan's Politecnico.

3. Topic and specific objectives of the contest
InstantHouse Social Club will be a small building with a variety of services under one roof, and will represent a positive contrast to the temporary and "liquid" conditions that are normally found in today's city.
These small service-based structures, on an urban or local scale, will be able to complete, or to merge with, public housing that has already been built or will soon be built. They will have a network of services that will serve as a communications link for the living spaces around the parks. The parks become a wonderful public space that serves as a hub for different parts of the city.
The central theme of the contest is that of EXPO 2015: a network of services strung along the system of the Vie D'Acqua (Water Streets).
For the city this system can be an opportunity to enrich lives, to create a flow of different people (who come from parts of the city that are traversed by the Water Streets), and to welcome inhabitants, visitors, metropolitan tourists (who will be curious to see a unique concentration of functions that serve various sections of the city).
The system contemplated by Expo 2015 for the Vie D'Acqua (Water Streets) will become an interconnected chain of generous spaces that links parts of the city, becoming a social and landscape infrastructure. Each small Social Club will be like a new "piazza" for the surrounding neighbourhoods, but also for the city, in order to be a welcoming meeting point, somewhere where people can chat, etc. It will give citizens an opportunity to be active and exchange ideas with different generations and different cultures.
The Social Club activities will be managed by small Associations and No Profi t Organizations in order to develop real social cohesion, experiences with nature, and sustainable building.

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