Turin 2008

Transmitting Architecture

29 - 03 July 2008

From 29 June to 3 July 2008, the city of Turin, in Italy, will host the 23rd congress of the International Union of Architects - UIA.


Transmitting Architecture is the theme chosen for this global event that will study architecture as a means of communication, and the means of communication proper to architecture. The congress will examine all the aspects of a profession that, on a daily basis, deals with the quality of life, the city, landscapes, and the environment, through a dialogue involving all the stakeholders.



Three days will be dedicated to developing the general theme. Each day will be devoted to discussions on one facet of the concept “transmitting architecture”: architecture for everyone: in the past, the present, and the future.

  • 30 June: the past, culture - architectural culture, talent, history, heritage, education.
  • 1st July: the present, democracy - urban democracy, participation, negotiation, decision.
  • 2July: the future, hope - innovation, sustainability,protecting the environment.


The programme offers a range of conferences by architects and international experts who will animate and inspire a multidisciplinary debate; these speakers include Mario Bellini, GaryChang, Odile Decq, Peter Eisenman, Massimiliano Fuksas, Thomas Herzog, Tagit Klimor, David Knafo, Kengo Kuma, Michele de Lucchi, Dominique Perrault, Renzo Piano, Hani Rashid, Joseph Rykwert, Alvaro Siza, Paolo Soleri, and Muhammad Yunus. The UIA Member Sections and working bodies will also organise debates and exhibitions.



The heart of the congress will be located at the Lingotto, a former FIAT automobile factory transformed by Renzo Piano into a modern and multifunctional congress centre. The Palavela, restructured by Gae Aulenti and Arnaldo de Bernardi, will host a number of conferences; the Oval Pavillon, realised by Alessandro and Pino Zoppini with John Barrow, will house an immense architectural bookstore and the Architektonica construction trade fair.



Registration fees have been fixed at 100 Euro for participants, and 50 Euro for students and accompanying persons.

Registrations can be made online on the congress web site until 9 June 2008, and directly on site after that date. Payments are to be made exclusively in Euro, and may be made online by credit card, Paypal, or bank transfer.

The UIA corporate partners present: An architect - A building


ArcelorMittal, DOW CORNING, the HOLCIM Foundation, KONE, PHILIPS, SOMFY and TROX will propose in collaboration with the UIA, on 3 July 2008 in Turin, a round table during which architects will present one of their recent realisations.


On the occasion of the UIA congress in Turin (29 June - 3 July 2008), on the theme “Transmitting Architecture”, the UIA corporate partners are offering architects the opportunity to illustrate, through one of their projects, how they utilised industrial solutions in their project’s design process.

  • Claude Vasconi will present Dexia-Bil administrative Center in Esch-Belval, Luxembourg.
  • Marc Larmuseau, Montois Partners and David Roulin, Art & Build will present Covent Garden Royal Rogier in Brussels.
  • Bruno Stagno will present Holcim Costa Rica Office Building in San José.
  • Francois Laville, Atelier 234, will present the restructuring of the Figaro offices in Paris.
  • Enrico Frigerio, Frigerio Design Group, will present his project for an electrical plant in Sparanise, Italy.
  • John Peterson, KPMB Architects, will present the Manitoba Hydro building in Winnipeg Canada.
  • Alfred Schelenz, Gatermann+Schossig, will present Capricorn Haus Medienhafen in Duesseldorf.


Totem - International competition for students in architecture


This single stage ideas competiton was organised in the framework of the UIA Congress, Turin 2008. Based on the Congress theme, Transmitting architecture, competitors were invited to design a totem, an architectural object for communication, information and exchange to be located in one of three types of environment: a social context: poverty; a natural context: sustainability; an urban context: metropoplis. The procedure was run entirely on internet.



The jury met on 11 and 12 April 2008 in Turin. Charired by Magda Hosam Eldin, architect, Egypt, it was made up of Wolf Tochtermann, architect, Germany, José Luis Cortes Delgado, architect, Mexico and Yan Yi, winner of the 2005 UNESCO Prize. The jury examined 435 projects from students in 34 countries.



  • 1st Prize, offered by Space Group of Korea with the support of UNESCO
    Xintao Ye (China) : “Environmental Mnemon ”
  • 2nd Prize, offered by the Japan Institute of Architects - JIA
    Zhenbin Mei (China): Mirror of life Mirror of culture
  • 3rd prize offered by the TORINO 2008 Congress organisation committee
    Dicky Ferdiansyah (Germany): “Flexible polypropylene sheets“
  • 4th Prize, offered by the Union of Architects of Russia - UAR
    Han Yu (China) ”Rocoloco”
  • 5th Prize, Patrick Nelli Prize offered by the UIA French Section - CIAF
    Siji Lv (China) “A totem of caligraphy”
  • 6th Prize, Louise Cox Prize
    Huang Zheng Huang “Well umbrella”
  • 7th Prize, Wolf Tochtermann Prize
    Qian Chen (China)“The way to dreams”


Mentions, offered by the TORINO 2008 Congress organisation committee

  • Qing Ju (China) “Harbour on cycle track”
  • Hanqi Wang (China) “Rooftops”.



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