Call for ideas

MALAGROTTA Landfill Initiative | re-call


DiAP - Sapienza University of Rome


Deputy Mayor's Department for Environment, Food and Waste of Roma Capitale


January 15th, 2015


publication of selected proposals


1 A3 panel (vertical), 1 report

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The Department of Architecture and Design (DiAP), Sapienza University of Rome in partnership with the Deputy Mayor’s Department for the Environment, Food and Waste, Roma Capitale, has called on students, graduates, and young professionals in the field of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and the arts, to submit proposals for free ideas to re-assess and regenerate the Malagrotta Landfill and its surrounding area, located on the eastern outskirts of Rome [41°51’16.4″N 12°20’05.5″E]. The aim was to open a humanistic, scientific and civic discussion concerning a sensitive environmental issue in the city of Rome.

The Malagrotta Landfill, among the largest in Europe (240 hectares and about 4500-5000 tons per day), was closed, after protracted activity and several controversial events, in August 2013. The need to develop ideas and strategies to investigate, forecast and manage its future is one of the chief priorities of the Municipality of Rome (Roma Capitale) and of the surrounding neighbourhoods; therefore we encourage proposals from interdisciplinary teams to define perspectives that might have a relevant impact on the new approach for solving such an environmental problem.
There have been already several successful case studies all over the world demonstrating that landfill regeneration processes can present important opportunities for the enhancement of living environments, communities and land value: Batlle i Roig (Vall d’en Joan and Vacarisses), James Corner (Fresh Kills), Peter Latz (Ariel Sharon Park), Bjarke Ingels Group (Incinerator in Copenhagen).
The proponents (a research group lead by Prof. Orazio Carpenzano) have been researching on landfill remediation over the last year collecting significant case-studies and ideas that will be commented on, analysed and published together with the winning proposals of this call in a research report during 2015.


Dear Participants
After reviewing the submitted proposals the jury decided to consider all of them for the forthcoming publication. The authors will be contacted to finalize the materials. Meanwhile, considering the limited number of proposals received and with the intent to broaden the possible contributions toward the Malagrotta case-study the jury has agreed to re-launch the call looking for other visions to be selected and eventually added to the forthcoming publication. Therefore the next fixed deadline to submit the proposals is next January 15th, 2015


We encourage proposals from interdisciplinary teams that include performers, activists, architects, urban designers, planners and any other disciplines that have a relevant impact on the new design approach. You will be asked for a short paragraph detailing the role of each team member in the creation of the intervention and how his or her point of view contributed to the collaboration.
50 words per team member/ Maximum 6 team members/ scan of a valid ID-Card for each team member


The only language accepted is English.

Submission documents

1 PDF upload (size: ISO A3 297 x 210 mm, 300 DPI, vertically oriented), containing freely presented drawings, sketches, diagrams, renderings.
1 .DOC/.RTF upload (size: 500 words maximum) to explain your proposal. Links to videos (maximum length 5 mins, English subtitled) will also be accepted.


The digital documents to be used for the submission should be the ones attached. The promoter is not responsible for any other documents. You have to use the template provided for your proposal panel (you can choose between the white and the black logo versions).


Selected proposals will be published in the forthcoming volume of the research report (date TBA 2015).


The jury members will be announced after the deadline expires.