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RICA + Fuso shortlisted for the “New Pleyel School” in San Denis, Paris

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  • Location: Pleyel, Saint Denis
  • Program: Primary School, Elementary School And Leisure Center
  • Area : 3800m²
  • Budget: 8.500.000 Eur
  • Team :
  • Architects : RICA Studio + Atelier FUSO
  • Structural And Mechanical Engineers : INCET



The Site Is In Close Proximity To The Future Multimodal Station Of Pleyel, In The Heart Of A New Territory Of Culture And Creation. Framed In The West By Small Working-Class Houses Along The Tunis Street, To The North By Recently Built Office Buildings, To The South By A New Pedestrian Alley, And To The East By Industrial Buildings Which Are To Be Transformed In The Near Future, The Landy Village School Group Is An Initiating And Structuring Element In A Changing Environment.

An Old Building With Brick Facade Towards The Street Of Tunis, Metal Structure And Sawtooth Roof Is Existing In The Site And Is Characteristic Of The Industrial Memory Of The District. The Strategy For This Complex And Historical Place Is The Revalorization Of The Symbols Of A Past Era And The Reappropriation Of A Structural Framework Allowing A Great Flexibility Of Development.

This Proposal Takes Place In Four Movements:

1. Preservation Of “Selected Pieces” And The Insertion Of Programs Adapted To The Structural And Typological Constraints Of Existing Volumes.

2.The Creation Of A Gallery Covered By A Vegetated Roof. A Visual Articulation Carried By A Fine Wooden Structure, Path Of Navigation Between The Different Spaces Of The School.

3.The Implementation Of A Raised Base, Technical And Structural Support Linking The Different Entities Of The Program.

4.The Addition Of Prefabricated Volumes In Wooden Structure; Under The Existing Roof On The Side Of The Rue De Tunis, Drawing A Singular Volumetry In Elevation Along The South Alley To And To The Northeast Corner Above Building A.

Like A Contemporary Cloister, The Volumes Thus Created Interact, Respond, Play Together With The Preexisting Elements Of The Site To Form A New Harmonious And Coherent Whole.

RICA to design the stand for the Royal Spanish Academy in Rome at ARCO Art Fair in Madrid

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Cooperación Internacional tendrá por primera vez un espacio en ARCO


Madrid, 21 feb (EFE).- Cooperación Española tendrá por primera vez un espacio propio en la Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo ARCO, que estará dedicado a la Real Academia de España en Roma.

Según ha informado hoy esta institución, este expositor de Cooperación Española que se ubicará en el Pabellón 7 de Ifema ha sido diseñado por el arquitecto Iñaqui Carnicero, quien ha ideado una “arquitectura de perfiles metálicos” que recrea el interior del Tempietto de Bramante, un monumento de estilo renacentista que se encuentra en el interior de la Academia de España en Roma.

Además de esta estructura principal, éste punto contará con varias proyecciones audiovisuales de trabajos colectivos de artistas e investigadores residentes en la Academia que muestran sus lugares de trabajo, las zonas comunes de la Academia o una panorámica sobre la ciudad de Roma.

Imágenes tomadas con cámara 360º que se podrán ver en los diferentes dispositivos electrónicos que han puesto a disposición de los visitantes.

El estand, añade la nota, se plantea también como un lugar de encuentro para residentes de promociones anteriores, aunque también dispondrá de información sobre la convocatoria de becas y sobre los becarios actuales, de los que se ofrecerán resúmenes biográficos o semblanzas de los proyectos en los que trabajan.

Con este espacio, el Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, de quien depende Cooperación Internacional, apuesta por dar “visibilidad” a la Real Academia de España en Roma, una institución que “aúna tradición y contemporaneidad y cuya vitalidad invita a su participación” en la principal muestra de arte contemporáneo de nuestro país.

Desde su inauguración a finales del siglo XIX, la Academia de España en Roma promociona la formación artística y humanística de creadores e investigadores de diversas disciplinas a través de su programa de becas. EFE

Lorena del Río jury member in Europan 14 France

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Structure of the juries

The jury’s decisions are final in compliance with the Europan rules. Before beginning to work the jury receives recommendations from the European Association.

The jury meets in 2 separate sessions at different times:

First round – At the beginning of this session, the jury appoints one of its members as chairman and agrees on its working method. Sites representatives can be integrated to this jury level and, in some countries, may participate to the selection of the shortlisted projects.
The jury then studies the projects that do not comply with the rules and decide whether or not to disqualify them.
It later on assesses the projects on their conceptual content and the degree of innovation according to the Europan 14 topic and shortlists a maximum of 10 to 20% of the submitted projects.

Second round – During the second round, the jury examines –on its own and independently– the shortlisted projects and points out the Winners, Runners-Up and Special Mentions. The jury can assess the projects on basis of: the relationship between concept and site; the relevance to the questions raised by the topic and in particular to the issues of sustainable development and adaptability; the relevance of their programme to the general brief for their specific site; the potential for integration into a complex urban process; the innovative nature of the proposed public spaces; the consideration given to the connection between different functions; the architectural and technical qualities.
The jury finally writes a report giving the reasons for the choice made in relation to the requirements of the competition and the concerned sites.

Each country budget includes the equivalent of a Winner and a Runner-Up prize per site. Still, each entry is judged on its sole merits and the winning teams are not chosen on basis of an equal distribution between sites – the jury can therefore distribute prizes among entries up to its will or decide not to award all the prizes. In this case, the reasons shall be made public.
The jury may single out projects for Special Mention. These projects are recognised by the jury as presenting innovative ideas or insights, yet not sufficiently suitable for the site. The authors of such projects do not receive any reward.
If disqualified after validation of participation a prize-winning project may be replaced by another project if the quality is satisfactory.



Dr. in Architecture, researcher, teacher, Responsible for the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture

Architect, Jean-Marc Ibos & Myrto Vitart, Grand prix national de l’architecture 2016

Mathieu GONTIER (FR)
Landscaper, Wagon Landscaping, Winner of AJAP 2016, teacher at ENSP Versailles and Marseille, Honourable Mention E11 in Neuilly-sur-Marne (FR)

Architect, urban planner (Secchi-Vigano), teacher of urban planning and urban design at the Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IT) and the EPFL in Lausanne (CH), Membre –together with Bernardo Secchi– of the AIGP Scientific Council (2012-2016), Grand prix de l’urbanisme 2013

Lorena DEL RIO (ES)
Architect, RICA STUDIO*, Professor at CCA – California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Cornell AAP, Co-Director of the research laboratory BuilLab, Runner-up E12 in Wien-Kagran (AT)


Architect and urban planner, occupational psychologist, Consultant on issues of space, work and organisation



Designer specialised in scenography, museography, environment design, valorisation of public spaces and heritage sites, Design teacher at the Ecole d’Enseignement Supérieur d’Art de Bordeaux

Agnès VINCE (FR)
Director of Architecture, General Direction of Heritage, French Ministery of culture and Communication

Directeur de l’habitat, de l’urbanisme et des paysages (DHUP)- DGALN – Ministère de l’Environnement de l’Energie et de la Mer, Ministère du Logement et de l’Habitat durable

Iñaqui Carnicero juror in Europan 14 Competition in Sweden

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Explore our exciting sites at Trelleborg and Karlskrona; both centrally located and on the sea, but facing fairly different challenges.

Read more about the site [Sjöstaden] in Trelleborg

Read more about the site [Hattholmen] in Karlskrona

We’re proud to present our Jury:

Anders Olausson (SE) (Chairman) | Senior Lead Architect | Wingårdhs

Sabine Müller (DE) | Architect and urban designer, Professor of urbanism at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design | SMAQ Architektur und Stadt

Henrietta Palmer (SE) | Research leader | Mistra Urban Futures

Iñaqui Carnicero (ES) | Architect, Principal | RICA Studio

Sam Jacob (UK) | Contributing editor for Icon & Dezeen, Editor of the “Strange Harvest”, Director | Sam Jacob Studio ltd

Sabina Richter (SE) | Landscape Architect, Cofounder | 02 Landskap

Fredrik Drotte (SE) | Architect, Head of City Development | Upplands Väsby

Please check as well to stay updated about the competition and the competition sites.

To get in touch with the Swedish Europan Secretariat, check our “WHO” section. Contact information for each site is available in the full site briefs.