Green Academy

YAC invites designers to transform an industrial architecture into the best training centre inspired by the principles of green economy and sustainable development.

    In a society that consumes and pollutes at a quicker pace than the earth can stand, we need new ideas to face pointless alarmism and misguided scepticism.

    While the planet is quickening its pace towards 8 billion inhabitants and the effects of the anthropic action on the terrestrial ecosystem are becoming clear, a different environmental awareness in not an optional attitude anymore but an urgent need that cannot be posponed.

    DISMECO srl - a leading company in Europe in the disposal and recycling of electrical equipment - has been pledging for years in creating a more sustainable future through a more widespread action in reusing and treating complex waste. DISMECO knows well that a better world is only possible with an increasingly widespread environmental awareness. That is why DISMECO, thinking about new generations, aims at creating in its building the first and most excellent school of the world dedicated to the culture of ecology and sustainability.

    DISMECO owns an abandoned building, which consists of 5.000 sqm referable to Pierluigi Nervi belonging to the area of the former Paper factory of Marzabotto. In this facility DISMECO aims at designing its own didactic centre to become the most acknowledged international reference in research, training and development of sustainable disciplines. This will be possible thanks to the cooperation of numerous and valuable partners.

    How to transform an old paper factory into a facility to become the symbol and cornerstone of ecology and environmental compatibility?

    On this question YAC lays the foundations for Green Academy, the Unindustria competition which aims at transforming an industrial architecture into the best training centre inspired by the principles of green economy and sustainable development.

    A high-level school, a ludic-experiential centre for children and a business incubator for environmentally-friendly start-ups. In one of the most innovative industrial areas, regarding recovery and disposal of waste, the “recycling” of an architecture will enable the creation of the first and most important school of ecology and sustainability aimed at transforming the building into a global epicentre for a more responsible society and a more sustainable future.

    YAC thanks all the designers who will take part in this challenge.


    First Prize

    Maher McCarthy Parker

    Michael McCarthy, Tom Parker, Paul Maher

    Second Prize


    Domenico Faraco, Michele Caltabiano, Ilaria Gizzi, Emilio Maria Rocchi Cartoni, Chiara Bolasco, Maurizio Giodice

    Third Prize


    Amr Alaaeldin Elesawy, Christina Nakhle, Hans-Christian Rufer, Alaa Attia

    Gold Mention


    Simone Gheduzzi, Nicola Rimondi, Gabriele Sorichetti, Marco Bergamo, Gabriele Berti, Margherita Gavazzi, Linda Tonin, Arianna Vacchi Suzzi

    Gold Mention

    JeongChoi Works

    DAEGEON JEONG, Sylvia Soohee Choi

    Gold Mention

    AI studio

    Andrada Ispas