OICE is a trade association representing Italian engineering, architecture and technical-economic consultancy organisations,OICE strongly believes in cooperation, virtuous competition and the potential of Italian creativity,design and technology. Throughout the years this conviction has translated into initiatives and events that, in occasion of the Expo Shanghai are rendered tangible in an online Competition and successive Exhibition: an exceptional opportunity for professionals and students (Italian and Chinese) to propose innovative ideas-projects focused on the development of international collaborations, investments and synergies.
The competition invites participants to develop innovative ideas-projects, material or immaterial,for the recovery, reinterpretation, updating and, if possible, reconfiguration of the collective image of the “Silk Road” (soon to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site).The Silk Road is an extraordinary network of commercial, cultural and religious paths measuring some 15,000 km in length. For over 2,000 years it constituted the only connection between Eastern and Western civilisations. From the ancient city of Xi’an, the heart of silk production, it arrived in Italy passing through China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan,Iran, Iraq, Armenia, Syria, Turkey, Greece and Egypt. The German geographer and baron Ferninand von Richthofen used the term Silk Road (Seidenstrasse) in 1877 to indicate the fusion of connections between East and West, with two primary southern and northern paths, obviously in addition to maritime routes, that included such historic cities as Wuwei, Anxi (first bifurcation), Kashgar,Kokand, Samarkand, Teheran, Baghdad, Palmira (second bifurcation), on the one side towards Damascus, Gaza, Cairo, Alexandria and, on the other, towards Aleppo, Antioch, Angora, Izmir,Istanbul and Athens, connected by sea with Rome and Venice.
The competition is open to architects, designers, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, engineering companies, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, artists,scientists, agronomists, botanists, economists, researchers, technologists, curators, philosophers,authors, 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 post-graduate courses, such as specialisation courses, master and/or 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 recognized in equal measure to all members of eventual groups.Each participant or group may prepare and submit only one project. Participants may not belong to more than one group.
The payment of the 100.00 (one hundred) Euros inscription fee for each group (50.00 Euros for groups composed exclusively of students),