Article 1 – In order to reinforce the bond between young students and enthusiasts of architecture and the International Architecture Exhibition and so encourage some reflection and analysis, the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, has set up an international contest for the best essay on the theme of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, Common Ground.
Article 2 – The competition is open to young people aged 18 to 30 (who are 18 when consigning their work and who have not yet reached their 31st birthday). The competition is not open to anyone who has worked with national daily newspapers or periodicals.
Article 3 – The competition invites participants to write an essay on the theme of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, Common Ground, directed by David Chipperfield. The unpublished, original essay, written in Italian or English, must have a title and a maximum length of 10,000 characters (spaces included).
Article 4 – Competitors must send their work in Word format (Microsoft Word or compatible format), in Times New Roman font, typesize 12, so named: name.surname.doc (for example: doe.john.doc) to firstname.lastname@example.org between August 29 and 4 November, 2012. With their essay, contestants should self-certify their name, date of birth, address, telephone number, curriculum. ID cards in original must be presented in the case of those included amongst the winners.
Article 5 – All essays sent correctly will be judged by a jury composed of the President of the Biennale and two experts.
Article 6 – The 3 best essays will be rewarded with certificates of the Biennale di Venezia during a dedicated ceremony. The 3 winning essays will be published on the www.labiennale.org site. The result of the selection will be published on the same www.labiennale.org site.
Article 7 – Participants must guarantee their authorship of the work submitted and authorized publication, including online, of the texts in question.
Article 8 – All personal details will be processed in conformity with law 196 of 06/03/2003 and subsequent modifications and additions.
Article 9 – Participation in the context implies acceptance and conformity with the articles in the present regulations and of the final decision of the jury. The Biennale will have the final say in all matters not specified in these regulations.