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Data Landscape

YAC launches a call for ideas aiming to imagine a new generation of datacentres which fit in the landscape to generate magnificent and iconic architectures. 

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    “Data will be the new oil”.
    Alec Ross.

    “Data will be the new oil”.
    Alec Ross.

    Metaverse, avatar, cryptocurrencies. The digital world is just as real as the material world. Whatever the activity we carry out online, its ultimate and univocal implication in the empirical world will be data. 

    Despite their apparent volatility, digital data have deeply material roots. Physical spaces are needed to file them, technologies are needed to secure them and huge quantities of energy are needed to access them at any time.

    Datacentres are the material trace of the digital world. The more this world grows, the more they multiply, thus acquiring an essential value and playing a key role for the society of the future. 

    Datacentres are the material trace of the digital world. The more this world grows, the more they multiply, thus acquiring an essential value and playing a key role for the society of the future. 

    For a long time, they have been considered infrastructures rather than architectures. Yet, numerous recent experimentations show that datacentres can become landmarks of modern cities. They can be an opportunity to repurpose abandoned architectures and places that are no longer in use in an innovative way. 

    This is the case of a former military bunker along the Venetian Prealps. It is an architecture that is considered difficult to reuse due to the presence of isolation segments and underground spaces – characteristics that, in fact, turn out to be advantages when building a datacentre. 

    How to make the most of the characteristics of a military architecture in designing a modern datacentre? How to integrate this function into the jaw dropping landscape? 

    These are the underlying questions of Data Landscape. This is Manni Group’s competition to imagine a new generation of datacentres which fit in the landscape to generate magnificent and iconic architectures. 

    Datacentres are the sign of contemporaneity. They are intended to change the face of cities just the way railway stations, factories, and large buildings have always done in order to meet the needs of the time. Taking an interest in datacentres today means writing a significant chapter of the cities of tomorrow.

    Taking an interest in datacentres today means writing a significant chapter of the cities of tomorrow.

     

    Manni Group thanks all architects who will take up this challenge.

     

    Jury

    Each jury is nominated with utmost care and is composed by professionals of the highest repute whose activity is consistent with the theme of the competition.

    • Patrick Lüth
      Snøhetta
    • Wahlström Walter Mats
      Ateljé Ö
    • Enrico Frizzera
      Manni Group
    • Lorenzo Bottinelli
      BASF
    • Alessandro Adamo
      DEGW Lombardini 22
    • Fedele Canosa
      Mecanoo Architecten
    • Giorgio Ventre
      Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II - Apple Academy
    • Gianandrea Gazzola
    • Samuele Tommasi
      Comune Sant'Anna d'Alfaedo
    • Jelena Vucic
      BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group

    Prizes

    All awarded projects will be sent to websites, magazines and architectural platforms. Furthermore, they can be displayed in national and international architectural events.

    1st Prize

    10.000

    2nd Prize

    4.000

    3rd Prize

    2.000

    Gold Mention BASF

    1. 000

    Gold Mention Manni Sipre - Manni Green Tech “The power of steel”

    1. 000

    Gold Mention Isopan “Flat Roof Solutions”

    1. 000

    Gold Mention Isopan “Ventilated Facade”

    1. 000

    Honorable Mentions

    10

    Finalists

    30

    Timeline

    Complying with deadlines is a fundamental requirement to take part in the competition. All architects are encouraged to pay the utmost attention to the timeline and to complete each phase in advance.

    • Nov 21, 2022 – Dec 18, 2022

      Early Bird Registration

      65€ / team*

    • Dec 19, 2022 – Jan 15, 2023

      Standard Registration

      85€ / team*

    • Jan 16, 2023 – Feb 12, 2023

      Late Registration

      115€ / team*

    • Feb 15, 2023

      Material Submission Deadline

    • Feb 20, 2023

      Jury Summoning

    • Apr 10, 2023

      Results Announcement

    * +22% VAT. Fulfilling an “Early bird”, “Standard” or “Late” registration does not affect submission deadline.

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    FAQ

    Shall all the areas listed in the program (datacentre and offices, training centre and classrooms, services, residences etc.) be designed or is it up to the designer's decision?

    Yes, all the areas listed in the program shall be designed.

    Where will the datacentre be located?

    It will be located between the existing structure and the external structure, according to the layout and size of scheme n.1 of the brief.

    Is it mandatory to compensate for the activities of the datacentre through sustainable energy?

    Using sustainable energy is not mandatory but much appreciated.

    What should be the dimensions of each function mentioned in the program?

    All the information regarding the dimensions of the spaces are available in Scheme n.1 at page 11 of the brief.

    Can a team submit more than one proposal?

    By paying one registration fee, participants are allowed to upload one project; by paying additional registration fees, participants will be allowed to upload more than one project.

    Is there an age limit to take part in the competition?

    Each team must include at least one member aged from 18 to 35 years old.

    Is it possible to participate without a team?

    Participants can join the competition either individually or with a team.

    Partners

    YAC thanks all the people who have been engaged in organizing the competition by sharing time, materials and resources to make the experience of architects unique.

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    Data Landscape

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