ABC | Monza 2019

international competition of architectural ideas in the time of digital transformation

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26 June 2019

The competition in brief

ABC | Monza 2019 is an international competition for architectural ideas in the time of digital transformation.
The theme of the competition is the urban regeneration of an industrial site of about 60,000 square meters in the city of Monza (MB) in accordance with the values of environmental sustainability, economic and social.
Characterizing element of this competition is the close relationship of Architecture with il BIM (Building Information Modeling).


Via Philips 12 in Monza – Lombardy – Italy, north of the Great Milan and near what will become the stop in the years to come Campania of the Linea 5 della Metropolitana milanese.

Taking photos of the site
Site photos
5 MM Line Extension

What to design

Few constraints and great creative freedom are the cornerstones of the competition.

This is because we expect competitors to give their best by conceiving and developing, within the limits of a competition of ideas, a proposal that will amaze. An innovative proposal, perhaps unconventional or even "crazy" in Steve Jobs' favorite meaning instinctive, passionate and not bound by dogmas and preconceptions. A proposal that could be a building, several buildings or even no buildings. Perhaps a meeting place for leisure or work or perhaps a less likely place for retreat and meditation. A dream or start-up incubator or a chocolate factory. The important thing, however, is that it is sustainable in construction as it must be in the future and that it brings value, in the broadest term of the word, to the neighborhood around it. How to do it? The recipe is simple: freshness, experience, multidisciplinarity and BIM.

Who can participate

The competition involves the participation of students and professionals of any nation. In case of individual participation are allowed only young people under 35. In the case of group participation, the team representative  it must be a young under 35 while there are no constraints for the other team members.

The prices*

  The total prize money of Euro 20,000 is divided as follows:

  • For the proposal with the best approach to Architecture, a prize of Euro 10,000

  • For the proposal with the best approach to Sustainability, a prize of Euro 5,000

  • For the proposal with the best approach to BIM, a prize of Euro 5,000

   They are also provided 3 honorable mentions for each category

​   * The value of the prizes is to be understood as gross and all-inclusive

The calendar

  • 25 June 2019                Start of the competition

  • 4th October 2019         Deadline for registration

  • November 4, 2019        End of receipt of the documents

  • November 28, 2019      Awarding of the winners


What to deliver

  • a digital parametric 3D model "BIM" in ifc format with the architecture and landscape of the proposal      

  • two A1 tables in pdf with plans, elevations, images of the project, etc..

  • a report in pdf that explains the project and how the issues of environmental, economic and social sustainability of the proposal are addressed

  • a representative image usable as a symbol of the proposal


The registration fee

  • from 25 June to 31 July 2019                  Early bird registration Euro 75

  • from 1 August to 15 September 2019     Regular registration Euro 100

  • from 16 September to 4 October 2019   Late bird registration Euro 150

  • from 5 October onwards                          It is no longer possible to register


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