The aim of the event is to promote and represent potential for the production sector and to bring out the resources and intelligence present in the national and international territory.
Agorà Design is an opportunity to stimulate a synthesis between the tradition of making and new trends to develop a necessarily European identity.
With this in mind, Agorà Design aims to contribute to the development of the production sector by providing operators with new design alternatives, starting with their processing techniques, in order to develop competitive product lines that are in step with the demands of the reference markets.
Participants are asked to propose new and original projects, characterised by functionality and environmental sustainability, which describe particular ways of using and innovative applications of materials.
In addition, a special mention will be given to projects that stand out for their ability to reuse olive wood.
"The Moment of Design - Romantic Visions and Narratives of the Deep Connection between Designer and Design". This will be the main theme of Agora Design 2021.
How is an idea born? What is its path? How do rationality and emotion coexist? What relationship does the designer have with his idea? Participants are invited to enrich their biography with elements and suggestions that can describe the creative journey that generates the finished idea, revealing the "behind the scenes".
The Garden section is divided into:
Participation is free of charge.
The competition is open to architects, engineers, designers, creative people, young professionals and students of all ages and backgrounds.
No specific educational qualification is required.
Participation can be individual or in groups. In group participation, a group leader must be designated who will be solely responsible for the project.
N.B. Each participant may submit one and only one project for the Agorà Garden section, choosing between textile structures and outdoor furniture.
In the event of several collaborators, the participation form and privacy form shall be completed in all parts by all participants in the project.
The competition shall break down into the following stages:
In compliance with anti-Covid rules, the event may be held in a hybrid format. The promoter will inform the participants of any changes, ensuring in any case the smooth running of the event.
In the first phase, the evaluation committee will select the 60 project ideas considered most innovative and respond to the theme, following the criterion of feasibility of the projects themselves and respecting the criterion of non-diminished. Finally, the evaluation committee will express a judgement which cannot be challenged.
The criteria considered will be:
- Consistency with the design theme in items 1 and 2 of this announcement
- Design quality
- Function innovation
- Technological Innovation
- Economic feasibility and sustainability
A score from 1 to 10 will be assigned for each item.
The entries, enclosed in a single anonymous envelope, must be sent by post or courier (the date of dispatch will be taken as proof) to Associazione Culturale Agorà Design - Via Catumerea n. 101 - 73025 Martano (Le), specifying on the envelope the name of the competition GARDEN 2021, THE MOTTO AND THE FOUR-FIGURE NUMBER CODE (e.g.:
"the power of lightness' 0123).
Inside the envelope, there must be 1 CD-ROM/DVD containing three explanatory tables
The project must be placed on a CD-ROM/DVD, the motto and the four-digit numerical code and must include the following documents:
- a table in electronic format illustrating the project in a synthetic and exhaustive manner using three-dimensional representation systems such as axonometry or perspective and containing technical drawings with the dimensions and solutions envisaged by the project. Also accepted in rendering format.
- a table in electronic format intended for the free presentation of everything that can be considered useful for understanding the project: study of decorations, surface treatment, material samples, indications for use, settings, etc.
- a summary table, containing as many indications as possible (in the form of text and/or images) for communicating the project to the public, suitable for display during the event.
- all project presentation documents must be produced in 70 x 50 cm horizontal format with a resolution of not less than 150 dpi.
- drawings shall refer to commonly accepted or known conventions; for rendering drawings and other possible realisations, processing techniques are free.
- all entries must be submitted in electronic format (CD ROM or DVD).
- each explanatory table must be sent in Jpeg or Pdf format and must be named "motto (or an abbreviation of the same) table 01" etc. (e.g., the power of lightness table 1 or lfdl table 1).
- the summary table (art. 8.c) must have a resolution of 300 dpi.
- no identification (no numbering, no motto) should be placed on the boards.
The entries must also be submitted under the following guidelines:
To guarantee anonymity, the entries must not bear any identifying marks other than those provided for.
THEREFORE, THE ENTRIES SUBMITTED WILL NOT BEAR A SIGNATURE, AUTHOR'S NAME OR ANYTHING ELSE RECOGNISABLE. ONLY THE MOTTO AND THE FOUR-DIGIT NUMERICAL CODE CHOSEN BY THE COMPETITOR MUST BE EVIDENT ON THE CD-ROM/DVD.
In order to award the final prizes, a Judging Committee will then be appointed which, taking into account the criteria and aims of the competition, after examining the entries received, assessing their originality, degree of innovation, feasibility, social, ecological and economic suitability, formal, functional and emotional aspects, and the suitability of the materials, will award the following cash prizes with final judgement:
- First prize €3,000.00 (euro Three Thousand/00)
- Second prize € 2,000.00 (euro Two thousand/00)
- Third prize € 1,000.00 (euro one thousand/00)
(gross of withholding tax ref. DPR N. 600/73 as modified by L. N. 449/97)
The winners will be notified directly by the competition secretariat by 24 September 2021.
The Selection Committee, at its sole discretion, may consider that no project meets the requirements of this call for proposals and therefore may not select any winning project. The judgement of the Selection Committee is binding, unquestionable and incontrovertible.
The Commission referred to in the previous point will be made up of authoritative figures from the design, architecture, publishing, marketing and business sectors. The official composition shall subsequently be announced.
The award ceremony will take place during the 2021 edition of Agorà Design, which will take place from 30 September to 3 October in Martano, at a venue to be announced in the coming months. The projects will be printed on a hardboard and displayed throughout the event. The competition organisers will inform all participants of the date and time of the ceremony. In compliance with anti-Covid rules, the event may be held in a hybrid format. The promoter will inform the participants of any changes, ensuring in any case the smooth running of the event.
During the event, journalists and bloggers will view the exhibited works.
The projects will be published in a catalogue, which will be sent to major design agencies and to the editorial offices of design magazines in Italy and Europe.
Agorà Design will subsequently be present at some of the most important trade fairs in the industry.
All participants will receive a certificate of participation.
Regardless of the prizes awarded by the Jury, at the end of the event Sprech will analyse the most interesting projects from a design and technical point of view in order to evaluate their productive and commercial potential. Projects meeting these requirements may be selected for prototype production, subsequent exhibition at events or fairs and possible marketing.
During the translation to prototype phase, the selected projects may be subjected to possible modifications concerning the technical-constructive aspect so that the prototype is optimised for its technical reproducibility.
The prototyping phase of the chosen project must be followed and assisted by the interested designer at the manufacturing company.
By simply sending the project and the documents required by the call, the applicant authorises the promoter to publish and publicise their project in the manner and by the means considered most appropriate, for as long as is necessary for any promotional, communication and/or marketing purposes.
Each participant declares that his/her project is original, that he/she is the author of it and that it does not violate the rights of third parties. The organiser is therefore exonerated from any responsibility for any disputes that may arise regarding the originality and authorship of the work or any imitation or exploitation of the work by third parties.
Each participant agrees to release the organisation from all liability in the event of any claims or obligations arising in connection with this initiative.
The economic exploitation rights arising from any industrialisation of the prototype shall be agreed with the designer through an agreement if the industrialisation and commercialisation option described in the following clause is exercised;
Sprech reserves the right to industrialize and commercialize the product upon agreement with the designer within the next 12 (twelve) months from the end of the event. After this period, the designer shall be free from any constraint.
Projects will not be returned to sender.
Nothing is owed to project authors for publishing their work.
Agorà Design is relieved from any responsibility for any theft, loss or damage of the works in competition.
Participants are entitled to protect their project idea in advance under current legislation on intellectual property protection.
Agorà Design and the partner companies, if they deem it appropriate, will publicise and promote in their catalogues or other media the projects and images of the works at the event, so that it is always present in the world of design, production and marketing.
Participation in the competition implies full and unconditional acceptance of these rules and the decisions of the selection and evaluation committee. The absence of even part of the required documents and the presence of documents that do not correspond to the above indications or additional documents will result in exclusion from the competition.
Interested participants who wish to request information on the aims or procedures of the competition can contact the Agorà Garden competition secretariat via the following contacts:
Secretariat: +39 342 5261338
The event secretariat reserves the right to make changes to this notice should this become necessary due to force majeure, undertaking to inform all participating structures immediately.