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"Frutta Urbana" | Mapping, Collecting and Distributing Fruit from the City

In cities, and especially in Mediterranean climates, fruit grows abundantly. Urban fruit trees form a large collective orchard that is not harvested: tons of fruit falls on the ground and rots, creating management and cleaning problems. This represents an untapped resource and a unacceptable waste.

The fruit that grows in the city is not chemically treated with fertilizers or pesticides. In addition, since it is directly harvested from the trees when fully ripe, it is tastier and contains a larger quantity of vitamins and nutritional substances than fruit harvested unripe that travels great distances.

This experience began in Rome and it is the first project of its kind in Italy, thanks to the non profit association "Linaria". Frutta Urbana is a complex and dynamic project, which includes activities such as the free distribution of the harvested fruit to food banks or soup kitchens, the creation of new orchards to contribute to new proposals and ideas concerning urban public space, as well as activities, events, courses and workshops.

"Frutta Urbana" is in constant evolution and it offers to the community not only an innovative, ecological and free service, but also the opportunity to acquire knowledge and care for our common botanical heritage.

TerraViva Competitions

Recently created as a new branch of "TerraViva", this specific section proposes a series of design competitions in line with the topics addressed by our workshops and mainly directed to architecture students, new graduates and young designers.

TACTICAL URBANISM NOW! 2021 - The Reappropriation of Public Space will be the third competition of 2021. Starting from December 13th, registrations will be open until 18/03/2022.


December 13th "Tactical Urbanism NOW! 2021 - The Reappropriation of Public Space"; 10.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 18/03/2022; Results on 26/04/2022; Jury:  Miralles Tagliabue EMBT (Barcelona), Public City (Winnipeg), Openfabric (Rotterdam); Orizzontale (Rome); Intuy Lab (Lima); Sports (New York); Atelier Nea (Paris); OBBA (Seoul);


September 10th "Hangar Ticinum - A Community Hub on the River"; 10.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 10/12/2021; Results on 20/01/2022; Jury: Piuarch (Milan); TSPA (Berlin); Stefano Boeri Architetti (Milan); Operastudio (New York); Degli Esposti Architetti (Milan); Untitled Architecture (Moscow); Comune di Pavia (Pavia); Politecnico di Milano (Milan);

March 15th "The Living Museum - Micro-Architectures in the Landscape"7.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 01/08/2021; Results on 13/09/2021; Jury: Topotek1 (Berlin); Elemental Architecture (New York); Stefano Boeri Architetti (Milan); Paredes Pedrosa (Madrid); NADAAA (Boston); One O One Architects (Seoul); Nicolas Campodonico (Rosario); Studio O (Berlin);

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