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Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design in partnership with Settef – September 2018

BEYOND THE WALL – A manifesto for the upcoming world

If there is a hard, high wall and an egg that breaks against it, no matter how right the wall or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg. Why? Because each of us is an egg, a unique soul enclosed in a fragile egg. Each of us is confronting a high wall. The high wall is the system which forces us to do the things we would not ordinarily see fit to do as individuals . . . We are all human beings, individuals,
fragile eggs. We have no hope against the wall: it’s too high, too dark, too cold. To fight the wall, we must join our souls together for warmth, strength. We must not let the system control us — create who we are. It is we who created the system. Haruki Murakami, Jerusalem Prize acceptance speech


Candidates are requested to select an existing border, wall, boundaries located within a compact urban tissue of any city allover the world, or in any possible terrestrial or extra-terrestrial landscape and following the most appropriate formula according to the main characteristics of the context, they are asked to design a solution (create a wall, destroy it, implement, cut…), able to re-activate the intensity of use of that space. Thus, candidates should demonstrate the capacity to conceive the architectural project as a process concurring to the definition of the urban pattern, by interpreting its physical, cultural, economical and social features. At the same time they should be able to control the complexity of the architectural process, combining morphology, typology, technology and aesthetics at the different scales. A special focus is required towards the Manifesto: a short declaration of intents and principles related with the delivered project.


The works must be delivered to Domus Academy by and no later than 16th April 2018
Candidates will be informed about the results of the competition by e-mail on 16th May 2018.

Entry Delivery

Projects in digital format must be uploaded clicking the button below:


or sent by e-mail to:
Paper works must be sent to:
Domus Academy
Beyond the Wall Competition
Master Program in Urban Vision & Architectural Design
Via Carlo Darwin, 20 – 20143 Milan – Italy


• One scholarship covering 60% of the total tuition fee of the Master Program
• One scholarship covering 50% of the total tuition fee of the Master Program
• One scholarship covering 40% of the total tuition fee of the Master Program
• Two special mentions covering 20% of the total tuition fee of the Master Program


Projects will be selected and evaluated by the Faculty of the Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design of Domus Academy and Domus Academy Admissions Jury..


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