The municipalities of Scilla and Bagnara are crossed by some ten kilometres of Italy’s Autostrada del Sole (A3 Salerno – Reggio Calabria Highway), constructed, for the most part, in the 1960s and ‘70s and featuring numerous imposing and, for their time, audacious infrastructures (viaducts and tunnels). This stretch of highway is set to be decommissioned following the construction of a new highway, composed largely of tunnels, designed to ensure the functional modernization and safety of this route. The new section of highway also incorporates the controversial plan for the Strait of Messina Bridge.
On 23 March 2010, the international “Solar Park South” competition was announced. It was indicated as one of the operational tools of the Technical Committee in the search for innovative proposals and models of territorial organization for the rehabilitated highway sections, which follow an approach of eco-sustainable development and apply mature and/or experimental clean energy systems, technologies and facilities. The competition will take place in a single phase and is open to professionals and students from all over the world.
The competition is open to architects, engineers, designers, urban planners, landscape architects, geologists, agronomists, botanists, artists, scientists, researchers, technologists, economists, sociologists, geographers, environmentalists, ecologists, societies of professionals or engineers, companies, etc.
Students are intended as those who, as of the date of the announcement of the competition, have not yet graduated or who, during the year 2010, are enrolled in postgraduate courses, such as specialisation courses, master and PhD programmes, etc. Participants may be individuals or groups. In the latter case it is necessary to indicate a group representative. Interdisciplinary, multicultural and trans-national groups are encouraged. The ownership of the idea-project is recognised in equal measure to all members of groups. Each participant or group may develop and submit only one project. Participants may not belong to more than one group.