INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION

Milan Navigli
Canal Challenge

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Milan Navigli 
Canal Challenge

Official Partners

Milan Navigli 
Canal Challenge
Milan Navigli 
Canal Challenge

Buildner is pleased to announce the results of the Milan Navigli Canal Challenge! 

Participants were tasked with conceiving the Milan of the future by envisioning a symbiotic relationship between the city and its historic Navigli canal. Projects were asked to focus on ​​environmental aspects of design for improved urban sustainability - friendly design, mobility, and the relationships between water and urban spaces.

The Milan Navigli Canal Challenge was run in collaboration with Riaprire i Navigli Association – "Reopen the Navigli Association'' – and Primitivo studio Milan, who are proposing a complete renovation of the existing canal. The goal of these groups is to create a new way for the city to operate, with competition entries performing as a potential means to inspiring the general public.

Buildner worked with a fantastic regional and international jury to evaluate entries received from around the globe: James Biber, an architect and partner of Biber Architects, based in New York, which has completed projects including the USA Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015; Grazia Comai is a Senior Landscape Architect at London-based Townshend Landscape Architects and is a registered landscape architect with over ten years’ experience working on a diverse range of public realm projects; Carola Enrich, a Senior Associate also of Townshend Landscape Architects; Samista Jugwanth is an Associate at Zutari, with over a decade of experience in engineering design in public infrastructure, commercial and industrial projects, project management and construction management in Africa; Silvana Ordinas, Founder and Partner of Peter Pichler Architecture, based in Milan, a studio that has completed projects such as the Future Space Pavilion for the 2018 Salone del mobile in Milan; Lukas Rungger, a founder of noa* network of architecture, based in Bolzano, Italy and Berlin, Germany; Sean Shen, a lead architect at Shanghai-based ZJJZ Atelier; and Rituparna Simlai is the founding principal of Studio Arth, a Landscape Architecture design firm based in Coconut Grove, Miami.

Buildner and its jury thank all participants and congratulate the winning submissions for their refreshing and outstanding ideas and work!

1st Prize Winner

Project name

RE-CONNECT: Re-opening the Navigli for Milan

Authors

Shuangyun Chen
Stefano Agliati
Raul Martinez Medina

Netherlands

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We participate in competitions to get out of the comfort zone. Competitions are always good opportunities to learn about other places and to extend our knowledge. They are challenging ourselves with contemporary issues and new ideas all over the world. 

Jury commentary

Reconnect proposes a network of superblocks where the car is only facilitated on a handful of primary arteries, where a ‘downgraded road network’ yields additional green and pedestrian space. The new ring structure brings new potential for the city’s bio system and new ways to experience the city, by providing additional social and quieter spaces to the urban fabric. According to the jury: “The kit of parts and a set of strategic approaches to the myriad moments in need of resolution distinguishes this project. The best practices from water cities like Amsterdam and Venice echo into a Milanese solid flair. The street section has been rethought from the ground up rationally and successfully. Conca dell'Incoronata is transformed into a vibrant new spot where water emerges as the protagonist.” The jury also noted that the illustrated map is beautiful in its dated quality and depiction of a unified site design concept, well developed program and section vignettes. There is a simple yet evocative graphic style to the panels, however the renderings do not match the chosen representation vocabulary. 

 

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

NAVIGLI WATER STORIES

Authors

BEMAARCH

Company

Bemaarch

Colombia

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

For us, architecture competitions are a challenge and an opportunity to understand different contexts, cultures, landscapes and societies. We develop them with the aim of acquiring experiences through the process of creating and conceptualizing ideas.

Jury commentary

Resurgence provides new mobility networks along with a green ring that accompanies the canal. It proposes to bring people closer to nature with a park that extends from the canal that hosts a litany of new public programs. The jury writes: “Resurgence presents an ephemeral and dynamic landscape design integrated into the resurgence of the canal. This proposal is very well resolved with simple legible and well-articulated graphics. The use of catalogs to walk the reader through the design approach was impressive. The design creates a series of palatable experiences along the canal - the designer has developed a brand, an icon and overall image for the project. A modern, multi-faceted design, with a beautiful micro-design catalog. The exploration park around San Lorenzo is a truly high-quality urban playground.” One juror also noted that while the principles are thoughtful, the strategy could be clearer - each site has an identity but a common element that links all the various sites of the network together would be helpful. 

 

3rd Prize Winner+
BUILDNER SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Project name

Revamping the Artery of Milan

Authors

Xin Kai Tham
Ahrum Oh
Jason Ng
Jianyu Lou

Company

Hortian consultancy pte. ltd.

Singapore

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Here at Hortian Consultancy, we are constantly looking for opportunities to challenge ourselves, and to test ideas for its novelty and feasibility. By participating in architecture competition, we can also expand our view and perception on how different solutions are considered by different culture and society.

Jury commentary

Revamping the Artery of Milan proposes a three-way approach through infrastructural overhaul along the canal, enhancement of greenery, and lifestyle change. Likening the current situation to a ‘disease’, it aims to enrich the city through healthy changes and cutting down on bad habits. The jury writes: “Eco-urban renaissance is a great approach for the city. This project creates an integrated transit node where water, metro, road, cycling and pedestrian intersect. It is a A project that perfectly frames the complexity of flows in a big city and, in a creative twist, links the rediscovery of Navigli with the metro line. An urban park that is not only imagined as a flourishing and lush garden but contains an exciting range of activities. Milan will benefit from it as it is implemented over time. It would benefit from such a greater variety of uses.”

ARCHHIVE STUDENT AWARD

Project name

Ride with the Flow

Authors

Chun Wang

University

University of virginia

China

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

I think architecture competitions provide chance for me to explore new things and challenge myself.
Clients Favorite

Project name

Galleria dei Navigli

Authors

Matías Salas Ramírez
Miled Lahoud
Francisca Lopez Gonzales

Italy

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We participate in architecture competitions because they provide a democratic instance for projects development. At the same time they give us the opportunity to learn, experiment and apply innovative solutions.

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Canale della vita

University

Silesian university of technology , politechnika śląska
+72 points!

Country

Poland

Project authors

Michal Galuszka
Agata Golesna

Project Name

The flowing city

Country

Italy

Project authors

Davide Caccia
Giulio Maria Rindi
Francesco Caputo
Andrea Cervi

Project Name

Ciao! Old friend

University

Sichuan agricultural university
+72 points!

Country

China

Project authors

Zhuo Yang

Project Name

Water Belt of Milan

University

Silesian university of technology , politechnika śląska
+72 points!

Country

Poland

Project authors

Daria Bal
Klaudia Elsner
Marta Sanigórska

Project Name

Milan Navigli Canal Challenge

Company

Aangan architects

Country

India

Project authors

Vishal Shah
Prakruti Desai
Vishal Desai

Project Name

BORDO D'ACQUA

Country

United States

Project authors

Matteo Fraticelli
Motomi Morii
Martin Lee

Shortlisted projects

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Canada

université laval – École d’architecture (laurianne boulanger)

Canada

Université Laval School of Architecture, École d'architecture de l'Université Laval

+22 points!
dinah dupiton
adèle zgainski

Mexico

Faculty of Architecture (Facultad de Arquitectura UNAM)

+22 points!
maría fernanda serna entzana
joel rodriguez hilario
josé antonio rodríguez aguilar
maría fernanda serna entzana

China

Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, BUCEA

+22 points!
yunuo wu

Egypt

mohamed shahwan
sherifa el-haggan
toka hassan
merna genina

China

University of virginia

chun wang

Poland

Poznan University of Technology , Politechnika Poznańska

+22 points!
kacper Ławniczek

Poland

Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Politechnika Wrocławska)

+22 points!
justyna dmytryk
maja klawitter

China

Sichuan Agricultural University

+72 points!
zhuo yang

Sweden

Faculty of Engineering, LTH , Lund University

+22 points!
john edmonds
martyna idasiak
ralph frühwirth
annika enzinger

Poland

Silesian University of Technology , Politechnika Śląska

+72 points!
daria bal
klaudia elsner
marta sanigórska

Australia

The University of Melbourne

+22 points!
isaac laker
ryan small

Australia

The University of Melbourne

+22 points!
yuyang liu
sichong shan

Australia

The University of Melbourne

+22 points!
megan chen
rachael li

Italy

Politecnico di Milano / Polytechnic University of Milan

+22 points!
lin mu
yaoxuan wang

Italy

matías salas ramírez
miled lahoud
francisca lopez gonzales

Germany

Leibniz University Hannover, Leibniz Universität Hannover

+22 points!
melanie lindemann
xuedi lu

Italy

letizia melano
maddalena silva
maddalena flavia trojsi
elisabetta comini

Russian Federation

mariya romanosova
fedor torgashev

Macao

chong ieng lao
chien ping hu
chiang yi ching

India

Aangan architects

vishal shah
prakruti desai
vishal desai

Sweden

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

+22 points!
olga rolff

Netherlands

shuangyun chen
stefano agliati
raul martinez medina

Australia

kathrine vand
maximilian cooke

United States

matteo fraticelli
motomi morii
martin lee

Italy

lucas mariano fernandez
alessandro lorefice
laura bassi
andrea bertassi

Poland

Silesian University of Technology , Politechnika Śląska

+72 points!
michal galuszka
agata golesna

Australia

emerson ramos
carmichael castillo
edmon mendoza
shelly gelito

United States

sanny ng
liyu xue
iris lee
marvin cheung

South Korea

Myongji University

+22 points!
jae hyuk choi
sun woo choi

United States

University of Miami

+22 points!
tiffany agam
michelle wright

Italy

davide caccia
giulio maria rindi
francesco caputo
andrea cervi

Jordan

Cdp international

dania wahsheh
simone kiswani

Turkey

cemre korkut
sima muhammetli
aybüke tufan
samet arslan

Canada

S.p.a. aqua prima

trina listanco
lealyn san juan
lilian wang

Colombia

Ge & partners

daniela gonzález oyola
maría inés reyes padilla
sergio gómez mejía
daniel elías de la ossa rivero

Singapore

Hortian consultancy pte. ltd.

xin kai tham
ahrum oh
jason ng
jianyu lou
 

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