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Participants in the Rome Collective Living Challenge were tasked with designing a concept for affordable co-living, one that would offer both affordability and community. Not just rolling out hundreds of new properties. When judging the proposals, the jury asked two primary questions: Does the proposal introduce thoughtful or novel concepts for community living? And how does it respond specifically to Rome’s urban situation?
The first prize winners were Karin Frykholm, Lisa Fransson and Rron Bexheti from Lund University in Sweden. Their Vita del Muro project focused on Rome’s 19km long Aurelian Wall as a generator of future housing stock.The submission offers a simply-constructed unit design that might be implemented along the intact portions of the historic structure.
George Guida from Italy took second prize for his “Anti-Isolato” project, details a method for transforming a typical residential Roman street block, proposing opening an inner court and introducing a number of collective working and living spaces within the block.
Finally, Philip Kolevsohn from South Africa, studying at the Politecnico di Milano, took third prize for his R[h]ome project which converts an existing structure into an alternate form of housing to demonstrate the importance of adaptation over new construction in such a historic city.
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