The competition workshop presentation
On 14 and 15 March 2018, the 7 finalists selected out of the competition preparatory phase of the competition have been invited on a two-day experiential workshop to look closely at how Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome is organized, works and aims to grow in harmony with its Development Plan “piùCampus 2015-2045”.

Countries of origin of the architectural firms examined during the selection phase (May-November 2017).

The workshop, attended by the project leaders and partners of Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia (Italy), Diller Scofidio + Renfro  with Alvisi Kirimoto Partners (US and Italy), El Equipo Mazzanti (Colombia), Labics with Topotek 1 (Italy and Germany), Mario Cucinella Architects (Italy), Sauerbruch Hutton (Germany), and Xaveer De Geyter Architects (Belgium), has combined different activities and lectures in order to give a wider perspective on UCBM: its educational programs, health care and assistance services and research activities. The competing architects have had the opportunity to meet UCBM governing bodies and representatives, walk through current facilities, visit the campus urban and landscape context and, lastly, the project areas where the infrastructural growth  of UCBM University Park is expected to be progressively developed in the next thirty years.
From Decima Malafede Natural Reserve wonders to Trigoria weak infrastructural and urban system, the architects have been guided in a tour to understand the opportunities and features of UCBM territorial background since 2008. Connections and relations with both Rome historic city and Decima Malafede Natural Reserve have been told through a charming guided visit to Capitoline Museums (Capitolium Hill) and an excursion along the nature trail “Andrea D’Ambrosio”, located in the heart of the Reserve: one of the most outstanding fragment of Roman countryside (Ager Romanus) partially part of the campus areas and to be furtherly enhanced and integrated within UCBM masterplan design.
Participants have been given a further important insight on university international practices and on the challenges awaiting the future of university training by attending the symposium “Education &Innovation: Universities serving society and humanity”. The contributions by Maria Chiara Carrozza (scientific director, Gnocchi Foundation); Maria Cerezo (professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Murcia), Fernando Fragueiro (member of the Board, Austral University), Eugenio Guglielmelli (vice-Rector for Research, UCBM), Maria Cristina Messa (director of Research Committee, Conference of the Italian University Rectors) and Christine Watson (professor of Cell and Cancer Biology, University of Cambridge) have broadened the discussion on university new goals and strategies to apply and share scientific knowledge.

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