Rio de Janeiro - Info

Rio de Janeiro CityVision is the fifth international ideas competition launched by CityVision.

The purpose of the competition is to provide a vision on Rio de Janeiro’s future.

The Rio de Janeiro ideas will be judged by an international jury which will have as president of the jury Aleandro Zaera-Polo and again Jeffrey Inaba, Jeroen Koolhaas, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Pedro Rivera and Cristiano Toraldo Di Francia, all of whom are distingueshed by the large experimentation willingness in their work.



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Alejandro Zaera-Polo (President)
Architect in Madrid
Alejandro Zaera-Polo (born Madrid, 1963) is an accomplished contemporary architect and co-founder of London-based Alejandro Zaera- Polo Architects (AZPA). His work has consistently merged the practice of architecture with theoretical practice, providing a strong intellec-tual rigour to the discourse on architecture through a sharp capacity to identify social and political trends and creatively extrapolate them.
Jeffrey Inaba
Architect in New York
INABA is an architecture office founded by Jeffrey Inaba that special- izes in an analytical approach to form making and building. The firm applies a creative method of problem solving to define a proj- ect’s objectives and identify unique formal options that can be realized with a high degree of design resolution. This stems from the practice’s broader philosophy to grasp the depths of a problem and once it is ap- praised, to provide clients with findings that assist in making better- informed decisions during planning, design and realization phases.
Jeroen Koolhaas
Architect-Artist in Rotterdam
He studied graphic design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, and has been working as a freelance visual designer and illustrator for the New Yorker magazine and Prada since he graduated in 2003. In 2005 Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn, shot a documentary for MTV about Hip-Hop music in the favela’s of Sao Paulo and Rio de janeiro. Together they founded the Favela Painting project in 2007. Between that yeah and 2010 they created 3 large scale mural projects in differ- ent Favelas in Rio de Janeiro. In 2011 the two were invited to work with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program on their biggest project yet, Philly Painting, completed in october 2012.
Hernan Diaz Alonso
Architect in Los Angeles
Hernan Diaz Alonso is the principal and founder of Xefirotarch (www., and practices architecture in Los Angeles and New York. At SCI-Arc, where he has taught since summer 2001, Hernan Diaz Alonso teaches and coordinates advanced graduate design studio and visual studies courses. He also teaches in the MRD program in SCIARC, which is dedicated to research and design of on the metropolitan cul- ture. He has been a guest critic at Columbia University, gsap, Yale Uni- versity, school of architecture and school of media art, Penn University School of architecture.
Cristiano Toraldo di Francia
Architect in Ancona
Cristiano Toraldo di Francia has been founder of the radical group “Superstudio” in December 1966 in Florence in coincidence with the first exhibition of “Superarchitettura”. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of Florence with a “Tecnomorphous architecture” thesis by the title of “Holyday machine on the Calabrian Coast” (published by Domus 1968), which drawings are now owned by the permanent collection of Centre Pompidou and by MAXXI Archives. His researches on the renovations of the language of architecture and of the role of the architect in a late capitalistic society, are documented by several publications through out the world, and have been shown in the major art museums and exhibitions: from the Venice Biennale (1978,1999) to the Milan Triennale (1973) from the Museum of Modern Art NY (1972, 2002), to the Centre Pompidou (1996, 2000), and finally the MAXXI (2011).
Architect in Rio de Janeiro
Architect and Urbanist (FAU UFRJ, 1997) with MSc in Urban Design (PROURB FAU UFRJ, 2007). Pedro Rivera is the Director of Studio-X Rio / GSAPP Columbia University (since 2010), founder partner of RUA Architects (since 2004). He’s a professor at PUC-Rio (since 2010) and was a guest speaker or guest critic at Columbia University, Princeton and ETH Zurich. Pedro has had works exhibited at the International Biennale of Architecture in São Paulo (2000), the Ibero-American Biennale in Chile (2003) and his office was awarded by AU Magazine as one of the 25 most proeminent young practices in Brazil (2010). His projects include the revitalization the Ver-o-Peso Market (Belém, 2000), the exhibition Favelité (Paris, 2005) and the design of Progetti Art Galery (Rio de Janeiro, 2007). His office recently won the competition for the Rio 2016 Olympics Games Golf Clubhouse.


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Questions should be sent via email with subject line RIO Q&A and to the following address: on and before 12.00 hours (Greenwich Time), May 21st, 2013 inclusive.



Hello, I would like to know if you issue some certificate of participation, that we can present in our curriculum.

Yes we do.



In terms of the 3,000 word report, will there be a word box where we paste into or can we submit a pdf report that includes 3,000 words with small diagrams and other ref images?

Yes there is a word box but you can paste just text.

You should use your boards to explain your idea through diagrams etc…



We would like to know if the panels will be printed or if they’re going to be analized on the screen.

Just on screen



I would like to know if you issue some certificate of participation, that we can present in our curriculum.

Yes we do



I’m sorry but for this competition can i choose any area? Missing less and less time for the end of this competition.

The competition area is the whole city, anyway you can also choose also a piece of the city if your idea is focused just on favelas for example.



I would like to ask you if I can submit more than one proposals for the Rio de Janeiro cityvision competition. My team has two ideas and we would like to submit two proposals, is that possible?

Sorry you can submit just one proposal per group. If you want you can split your team in order to submit two projects.



How many people can be part of a team?

There’s no limit to the number of people



Is it possible to participate with two different team?

No, it’s not possible



Might the proposal be an abstract and provocative one or you are looking for a real project that can be realized in future?

It’s up to you

Should the project be exposed for the first time? or its possible to submit a project that was already submitted to other competitions and that it is already published in internet?

The project proposal has to be original



I would like to ask if there are any rules regarding uploading multiple/ separate entries by the same group? I am asking as my group has two ideas that we feel have potential for.

You can upload just one project per group/person. You cannot upload multiple proposals using a name already registered. If you do it you’ll be disqualified.



My question about the competition is about the quality of the design. I was wondering if I can draw by hand, perhaps telling pieces of the project in a comics style? And can I represent 3D graphics by hand?

Yes and it’s up to you. The competition is free of restrictions.



Is there a basic documentation (plans, orthographic photos, etc…) from which I can choose my area?

Not at the moment. You can get a 3d model of Rio from Google. If we will provide any further material we’ll keep you posted.



1.1 CityVision Competitions

CityVision Competitions is an annual architectural contest that invites architects, designers, students, artists and creatives to develop urban and visionary proposals with the aim of stimulating new ideas for the future of our cities.
All through innovative ideas and methodologies that can improve the connection between the historical, contemporary and future city vocation, thus promoting a positive evolution of the critical architectural historiography.
CityVision Competitions is part of the homonimus architecture laboratory, CityVision, that every year proposes deep researches and studies with the aim of generating a dialogue between the contemporary city and its future image.

CityVision is a way to explore the reality and the future of architectural design thanks to a printed and digital free press project, CityVision Magazine; the organization of international architecture competitions, CityVision Competition; events, lectures, installations and exhibitions, CityVision Projects.


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1.2 Sick and Wonder. cityvision’s annual theme

The issue 8 of CityVision Magazine is a special edition.

In its pages the new annual theme of Cityvision entitled Sick & Wonder (Wonder and Disgust) that will accompany its programming for the entire 2013.

The idea of a subject so difficult arises from the paradoxical and increasing efforts that have directly led to shuffle the cards in the deck of our work, once again betting on a city – Rome – which is also one of the generative reasons for so much architectural and social research of an apparent bitter taste.

Through large-scale projects such as My Masochism, Past Shock, and now Sick and Wonder, we have addressed some very deep issues which have led to fruitful reflections on the behavior and vocation of cities that are united by a strong historical connotation combined with a great desire for the future.

Last year, we vastly examined the temporal unease of a Past which has replaced the Future, we emphasized a model city that changes in a controlled manner, slowly and mainly hampered by crisis and dirty tricks perfectly engineered by “external forces”.

Sick & Wonder is now looking for new models of cities that arise from the analysis, resolution and possible subversion of the conflict between the city and man and, in a broader view, between evil and good.

We are, in fact, living in a time on the border of human history in which the city and society in general, are changing rapidly in the presence of a man that is deeply confused and that is only just becoming aware of the new evolutionary direction he has to take.

This situation triggers a process of estrangement and alienation, in one word, of disgust, in which the human being tries to desperately hang on to his humanity thus absorbing the effects of the excruciating struggle between good and evil.

The disgust, apart from being thoroughly examined in an aesthetic sense, as an extra sensory perceptive model, ultra gustus, almost fetishistic, that we define as a positive/primordial (good) type, is mainly identified with the castratio voluptatis condition, that is the inability to implement any real changes, disgust natural/induced (bad).

Disgust is the analytical and critical act of intolerance towards something that has always been given to us and that does not let us express ourself through our personal modus operandi, it is in turn a sharp instrument, critical and perceptive, to observe with a new filter that that has always been ‘normal’.

The normality (or custom) of today of finding oneself struggling repeatedly with an unmanageable and inaccessible system that generates frustration and moments of impasse.

The purpose of Sick & Wonder, is to propose a radical change of perspective: to support a new model of normality, through the instrument of wonder, or a diametrically opposed view to that which has always been the custom for us, so creating a fracture in the DNA of an improper society, making sure that this is the exception to the “rule.”

Through the identification of the founding components of the cities and the subversion of models that are far too consolidated like politics, religion, economy etc the evolutionary consciousness of the human being will generate new unexpectedly wonderful dynamics.

In this situation the citizen is like a child, he captures the charm of his city with wonder and disgust generating new facets, as its becoming a sort of “Matrix”, a “global novel” like a noir in which ideals fade and nothing sacred remains.

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If on one hand most of the nations, although strongly different have the massification of profit in common, concentrating power in the hands of a few, on the other hand the spreading of knowledge and low cost communication platforms, environmental activism, international cooperation, progress in technology, all seem to create a counterweight.

The cities that are “targeted” in this issue are significant of this uncertainty and represent extreme situations of nations which are themselves phenomena of global emergency and significant change.

Other nations can best be represented by a combination of two symbolic cities.

The sequence proposed in this issue, written by 13 contributors and illustrated by 5 illustrators like a fairy tale, goes from the most optimistic to the worst imaginable situation. These cities represent extreme negative situations, often of national character, in which a real feeling of disgust generated by bad policies, architectural malpractice, miseducation and enduring negligence, contrast with a deadly sense of wonder and amazement that almost resets the previous thought.

Amazement that in some cases coincides with the city and in others with the human being.


1.3 Rio de Janeiro: nature and purpose of the competition

Two Presents. One Future.

The purpose of the competition is to provide a vision on Rio de Janeiro’s future.

We live in a particular period, made so ​​by a broader vision of history itself, for which “the sums don’t add up” and the meaning of “time” has lost its positive and progressive meaning, giving way to a “contemporary time” in which present, past and future (or rather our visions of it) seem to coexist.

Reality is now compromised by the crisis and bad taste has prevailed thanks to the habituation of citizens to “that condition where human beings seek in every way to hold on to their humanity thus absorbing the effects of increasingly harrowing struggles between good and evil “made possible by the institutionalization of behavior, to which we have been used (read: tamed).

So in formulating their planning hypothesis it will be necessary to analyze the city and grasp the essence of its disgust,
to then subvert it all through the wonder, that is “a view diametrically opposite to that which until now has been the custom of things for us”

From the selection, combination or subtraction of the elements mentioned above, that are at stake on the city board, it is necessary to devise a new model that interprets this unnatural distortion, desecrating its characters to show its grotesque and alienating side in all its evidence. A testing ground for this new vision of the city is Rio de Janeiro, a city full of tragicomic dissonances between its sweet and nostalgic tone and the dark and alienating atmospheres that pervade it.

A city, Rio, in which the sensory binomials that regulate and determine the daily actions and reactions of its citizens are directly related to the concepts of good and evil, wealth and poverty, happiness and sadness: two Presents converging towards a single

The city of Rio, among other things, finds itself in a historical moment in which it is forced towards a dramatic change, since it finds itself having to cope with commitments such as the organization of the XXXI Olympic Games and World Cup in 2014, whilst bringing, at the same time, law, order and rules in the no man’s land (or gangs) of self built favelas: for
this it will be forced to make drastic decisions, to decide what is good and what is bad, what must be retained and what must forever go.

1.4 Procedure of participation

The architectural competition is in a single phase.
Participation in the competition is open to architects, engineers, designers, students and creatives world-wide. Individual or group entries are permitted.

The indication of a group leader is required.

Temporary groups are allowed especially if they are multi skilled.
Being multi-skilled is an important characteristic because it can help to understand and to better represent a global vision of the city.


1.5 Language

The official competition language is English.
CityVision will also provide a competition brief in Italian but the final proposal must be submitted only in English.


1.6 Questions and Answers

Questions should be sent via email with subject line RIO Q&A and to the following address: on and before 12.00 hours (Greenwich Time), May 21st, 2013 inclusive.

f.a.q. are already on the website page Q&A and CityVision will update this section question by question.


1.7 Registration

Participants can register at

Early registration deadline
Until April 9th, 2013 via Paypal – 70€

Late registration deadline
Until June 10th, 2013 via Paypal – 90€

There is an entry limit of one proposal per individual/team and there is no limit to the number of participants per group.

After your registration CITYVISION will automatically provide by email a registration number which will be included on all entry panels by the website.


1.8 Awards

Grand total prize of 4.000 Euro

Rio CityVision Competition 1st Prize € 3.000

Farm Prize € 1.000

Six (6) Honorable Mentions

The winning project of the Farm Prize will be assigned by Andrea Bartoli of Farm Cultural Park.

The Rio CityVision Competition 1st Prize and honourable mentions will be awarded by the Official Jury Panel.


1.9 Submission guidelines

In Rio de Janeiro Cityvision Competition, as opposed to the previous for competitions, you don’t need to send any zip file via email, you just need to register or login through our brand new website and post your proposal.

This is a digital competition and hard copy proposals will not be accepted.

All entries are to be submitted via web site
on and before JUNE 11, 2013 (hours 12:00 Greenwich Time)

The proposed proposal should include 2 boards in A2 horizontal format, written report and partecipation data.

Entries are encouraged to inclued all necessary information to clearly explain the proposal. No other form of identification is permitted. The choice of the graphic representation is completely open to the entry team.

Refusal of any entry may occur if the mentioned guidelines and methods are not met.

1. Visit

2. Login or Register

3. Go to

4. Take a look at the info, read the brief and pay the subscription fee. The user who pays the subscription is considered project leader and he will be the only one able to upload contents for his own team.

5. You will receive a confirmation by email.

6. Now you can access the project manager page:

- going directly to the project page:

- or in the competition page: through the link “Your project”

- or in your profile page: through the link “Your project”

7. On the project manager page, you must insert your project’s data:
title, members, a text of 3000 characters (space included) and 2 horizontal panels (dimension A2) with your proposal.

You can edit your project until the competition expiration date.

8. An entry ID number will be automatically positioned in the upper right corner of your panels with dimensions 1cm x 5cm.

9. After the expiration date, the project will be submitted to the judgement of the jury panel.

Wait for the results…and good luck!


1.10 Panel of Judges

Aleandro Zaera-Polo (jury president) and Jeffrey Inaba, Jeroen Koolhaas, Hernan Diaz Alonso and Cristiano Toraldo Di Francia

1.11 Methods of evaluation

1. Visionary potential
On the basis of which the jury will concentrate on originality and innovative character of the proposal.

2. Architectural quality
Formal composition, integration with the urban environment, design sensibility.


1.12 Results of the competition and publication

In July 2013 CityVision will publish the official results on the official competition website:


1.13 Schedule

FEBRUARY 21st 2013
Announcement of the competition

APRIL 9th 2013
Early registration deadline

MAY 21st 2013
Question submission deadline

JUNE 10th 2013
Late registration deadline

JUNE 11st 2013
Submission deadline

JUNE 2013
Jury voting

JULY 2013
Announcement of results

Winning ceremony and exhibition


1.14 Rules and Regulations

To take part in this competition, all applicants must accept the rules.
Every infringement of the rules will be noted and subject to the evaluation by the panel of judges. The participants in particular (however, without any limitation) irrevocably accept the royalty-free publication, in particular of their respective names.

This is an anonymous competition and the Registration Number is the only means of identification.
The files containing the personal information are confidential and known only to the Organizer Responsible and will not be revealed to the Panel until the final winners have been selected.

1. The official language of the competition is English.
2. The enrolment fee is not refoundable.
3. Applicants who try to contact members of the jury will be disqualified.
4. Participation requires that all the above rules are adhered to.


1.15 Rights and Property

All enrolments in the competition will remain in the care of the Organizer, who has the right to use the material for educational purposes, with the source credits, without obligation of remuneration to the applicant.

Any disagreement that may arise between the Organizer including disagreements with one of the above conditions will be resolved by arbitration.

This competition is subject to the terms of this program.
The program of the competition is the definitive declaration of the terms and conditions of this competition. The conditions are mandatory for the Organizer and the panel of judges. By presenting a proposal, the participant declares that he / she is aware of and accepts the terms and conditions of the competition.