The objective of the “Solar Park South” international competition is to stimulate concrete ideas and revolutionary proposals for the reuse of the soon to be decommissioned highway sections between Scilla and Bagnara. Participants are invited to develop their ideas-projects starting from the basic proposal to:
– Dedicate one carriageway (south-north) to the creation of a space for testing the production of energy using renewable sources, the search for and successive application of new sustainable technologies, and the implementation of measures focused on integrating the Park within the surrounding territory through the upgrading, fruition and valorisation of landscape;
– Reuse the other carriageway (north-south) as an alternative to the National Highway n. 18, which is both obsolete and fragile, in order to ensure better connections between Scilla and Bagnara, and between the latter communities and the surrounding mountainous and rural territory, as strongly requested by local inhabitants, through the reuse of the service roads and technical areas related to
the construction of the new highway.
Rather than completely demolishing the old route, with its extraordinary reinforced concrete viaducts, now fully integrated within the landscape and the collective imagination, the reuse and redevelopment of certain by-passed sections is proposed as a means of boosting the production of renewable energy; experimenting with new eco-friendly technologies; favouring connections between villages and access to the valuable crops on mountain crests; and, finally, developing new forms of environmental and land art capable of stimulating responsible tourism. Instead of spending approximately 40 Million Euros (the estimated cost of environmental refurbishment) to demolish the decommissioned portions of the old highway, dispose of the debris and restore the existing landscape, thanks to the creation of Solar Park South, the same money (or part of it) can be employed in productive investments.
Register by: 07-15-2010 / Submit by: 07-30-2010