Call for ideas

We didn’t get our hopes up. In July, just before launching the call, we made some bets and asked ourselves, “How many projects will come? We’ll be happy if we get 50.” No one had the faintest idea how it would go. Instead, we received 160 projects, mostly from artists, architects, creative talents and innovators, who interpreted the three themes of the call with great freedom.

These projects were not only marked by strong originality and vision, but also came from disparate places and trajectories. Jazzi went far, in terms of both space and being out of reach. We received projects from four continents, but as we had hoped, many also came from our region of Southern Italy, the undisputed protagonist of the Jazzi paths. When an idea can go so far, but at the same time can interest those nearest, means that on one hand our intuitions were correct, and that there is unexpressed potential to be activated. On the other hand, it means that now the responsibility for deciding, activating and producing culture in this territory is no longer an option, but an obligation towards those who have believed and invested energy in this project.

You have given us visions: we promise they will not be lost, but will be honoured in the second phase of the project.

Out of the 160 projects submitted, our association has identified 15 proposals that most accurately responded to our numerous requests.

The international jury, whose members include Mario Cucinella, Franco Farinelli, Joseph Grima, Ugo La Pietra and Chris Torch, has met to discuss and reflect upon the projects, offering their own personal contributions and visions.

Here is the shortlist of winners:


This proposed idea uses a mundane practice – the building of dry stone walls – to recapture the memory and traditions of Cilento, and to activate the community through a project with strong visual impact.

The use of local stone is not only sustainable, but proves to be a tool for regenerating the territory’s peculiarities and for celebrating the ancient practice of terracing, one based on artisan know-how that becomes memory when material cultural heritage is combined with the immaterial. Muricinari is a winning idea for its simplicity and concreteness, and interprets the call’s objectives in an epic and intuitive manner.

AWARD: 15000 euro

PROPONENTS: Andreco + De Gayardon Bureau + Paride Piccinini

Andreco combines scientific training, a doctorate in Environmental Engineering and collaborations with the University of Bologna and Columbia University in NYC on the sustainable management of resources in different climatic conditions, with an artistic path that investigates the relationships between urban space and natural landscape. De Gayardon Bureau interprets the project as an open work that is collective: a process of continuous exportation, contamination and intensification that identifies public space as the main place for research. Paride Piccinini holds a degree in Structural Engineering – Landscape Architecture and a Masters in Interior Design from NABA in Milan. Andreco, de Gayardon Bureau and Paride Piccinini have collaborated on projects and competitions for architecture and landscape since 2009.

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2. Reboot Feelings

This is a sensory journey that offers each of the five senses a chance to meet nature and the environment.

A poetic action for valorising the signs of the territory that are transformed into delicate and sustainable works of art, a bridge between the environmental and artistic dimensions that generates harmony and balance between these two elements.

The strength of the visual suggestions tells of the centrality of the individual and of the body that inhabits the landscape, with all its perceptive possibilities.

AWARD: 10000 euro


The “COBET” group was founded in 2014 by a group of ex-students of the Moscow Architectural Institute. This young collective has realised five projects and taken part in numerous architectural competitions. Group members: Ilya Ternovenko (team leader), Alexander Alyaev, Elena Borisova and Marina Skorikova.

Portfolio: website under construction.

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3. #Discotecajazzi Cilentan narrative topography

The paths created by the narrative abilities of people who take them are the focus of this proposal. The idea of recovering oral traditions through a process of co-creation with the community takes shape as a proposal for the active regeneration of the Cilentan area based on the ancient practice of migratory herding.

The choice to give life to converging cultural processes, the result of the coexistence between different genres and expressive modalities, represents an innovative model for territorial intervention.

AWARD: 5000 euro

PROPONENTS: Luana Wojaczek Perilli

Luana Wojaczek Perilli was born in Rome in 1981 and lives and works between Rome and Berlin. Her research investigates the relationships between the individual and collective dimension, between nature and culture, from the field of memory and narrations to science, sociobiology and social effects. She is a professor at the Fine Arts Academy of Rome and taught at Cornell University in Rome. She founded and developed the non-profit art space 26cc in Rome.



Here the 15 shortlisted:

We hope you like them, and that you, like us, are waiting anxiously to experience the modified slow trails and to share in the potential change these projects narrate. This, let us say again, is only the beginning.



1. About the project

The Jazzi Cultural Association is promoting this competition in order to discover ideas for the valorisation and narration of the environmental, material and intangible heritage of the Licusati (Camerota) area, located west of Mount Bulgheria and within the Cilento National Park and the Vallo di Diano (Salerno, Italy). It aims to encourage a new way of experiencing nature, through living it as a place for life and relationships, and creating a physical and virtual space that uses hospitality to initiate a strategy for development.

2. The jazzi and the context

The “stazzi” or “jazzi” (n. sing. jazzo, from the Latin iacere, to lie) were the temporary resting places that sheltered grazing animals, and were points that connected villages, sheep tracks and mountain pastures. They are buildings with a rectangular layout, dry stone walls and a sloping roof, usually with one pitch. Outside, a low stone wall forms an enclosure where herds can stay. These jazzi, which are unused or dilapidated today, can be found over a large area on Mount Bulgheria, and are central to a widespread network of paths.

Located just a few kilometres from one of the most evocative coasts of the Mediterranean, Mount Bulgheria descends towards the village of Licusati. Access to the top of the mountain and to the jazzi begins from two places in particular: the Church of the Annunziata and the Chapel of Sant’Antonio.

A path leading to the summit (1225 m) starts from behind the Church of the Annunziata, and passes by the Tozzo del Finocchio  towards Cropana, Valli Cupi and Chiano, climbing back along the crest of the Chiaia Grande.

The mountain is also accessible via the path of the thousand-year-old olive trees, which begins at the Chapel of Sant’Antonio and travels upwards towards the Murici jazzo, then heading towards the Lequa jazzo. These trails pass slowly through thousand-year-old olive groves at the foot of the mountain, opening up to panoramic views over the Gulf of Policastro and towards Palinuro (for further details, please consult the Attachments). The competition for ideas is specifically interested in this area.

The wider territorial context includes the entire Mount Bulgheria and adjacent areas: the village of Bosco to the northeast; the village of Scario to the east; the protected marine area of Costa degli Infreschi e della Masseta and the marine zone of the Municipality of Camerota to the south; the Natural Arch and Palinuro to the southwest; the gorge of the Mingardo River to the west; the uninhabited medieval village of San Severino di Centola to the northwest. The environment and landscape of this entire area is protected by both the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park Authority and the Superintendency for Cultural and Environmental Heritage of Salerno and Avellino.

Four jazzi have been chosen for this competition: Jazzo Murici [J1]; Jazzo della Cropana [J2]; Jazzo di Valli Cupi [J3]; Jazzo del pastore a Chiano [J4].

Maps identifying the four jazzi involved in this competition of ideas, along with visual documentation for reference, can be found in the Attachments.

3. Participants

This competition is open to all, with no limits on age or nationality: artists, architects, landscape architects, trekkers, naturalists, creative thinkers, social innovators, designers, students, associations, local communities, simple citizens, and whoever is able to elaborate ideas that are coherent with the competition’s requirements.

4.Themes of the competition

The ideas proposed must activate processes for cultural innovation and territorial regeneration, have to deal with the following three themes (individually or combined), and should experiment with original languages that are able to combine the recovery of memory – both material and immaterial – and contemporary creativity.

4.1 slow pathways

The starting point will be the paths that have already been mapped (see Attachments), but ideas do not necessarily have to be limited to them.

Ideas proposed should move beyond the traditional concept of a path as a simple route between two destinations.

Proposals should:

-Renew the act of crossing, in the slow time from afar that brings the walker closer to those who have already travelled these same paths: shepherds, monks, Carbonaris and bandits.

-Favour the confluence between the two different dimensions that distinguish the Cilento area: the sea and the mountains.
-Propose the rewriting of space – natural, cultural and interior – that arises from the subjectivity of walking.


 4.2 living the night

Ideas must valorise the experience of the night in the jazzi and surrounding areas: a unique dimension, one that evokes nomadic paths more than non-migratory lodging. When walking in nature, stopping is part of the journey: taking time, fully living the cycles of day and night, observing stars and dawns. A nighttime visit to the jazzi can represent an alternative model for enjoying this territory, a welcome retreat from the chaotic coast.


4.3 regenerating the jazzi

The jazzi that will be brought back to life will become a first nucleus of diffused hospitality for new travellers.

Competition proposals will symbolise simplicity, reutilisation, recycling and energy sustainability, with special attention paid to the use of traditional materials and techniques of the local territory.

The direct experience of Cilento’s conviviality and hospitality may create a laboratory that can satisfy the need for meeting and exchanging knowledge, in order to discover a new way of living nature and this territory.


5.Requirements for ideas

Participants must work with the three themes indicated in Art. 4, and may propose ideas on one or more themes; proposals that present an integrated approach will be given special consideration.

Proposals may include both works to be created and material or immaterial site-specific projects. This competition for ideas is not necessarily seeking detailed architectural projects involving the jazzi, nor does it intend to result in the creation of landmarks or objects with a predominantly visual impact. This competition for ideas requires that special attention be paid towards the environment and the landscape, in order to imagine a new relationship with nature, history, memory and the local community.

Participants may present ideas that utilise all kinds of instruments and methodologies, involving the community where the project is located and activating practices in order to create relationships and meaningful exchanges.

It is important that participants are aware of the fact that, due to the restrictions this area is subject to, before any type of proposal is carried out, it must be previously authorised by the Superintendency, the Park Authority and the Municipality of Camerota.

Every idea proposed must include the following technical characteristics:

Environmental sustainability: In order to protect the environmental and naturalistic context, all projects must avoid the use of materials and types of actions or works that could irreversibly alter the state of the spaces they involve, that could be a source of environmental pollution, or that could have a negative influence on the ecosystem and/or on the landscape in general. For example, the following will be excluded: the use of foundations; substantial movements of soil; alterations that could negatively influence the flora and fauna present; projects that cause difficulty for the run-off of meteoric waters or that can entail hydrogeological danger.

Limits of electric power connection: electric power may be utilised through a connection to the electricity network of the jazzi, limited to the structure’s adjunct property, where present.

Feasibilty: Ideas will be evaluated according to the real possibility of implementing them.


6. Terms of participation

Proposals must be presented from 14:00 on July 15, 2016 to 14:00 on October 11, 2016, by filling out the online form:


 7. Criteria and evaluation procedures

Evaluation of the proposed ideas will adhere to the following criteria:

1) relevance to the competition’s general themes;
2) use of original languages that combine the recovery of memory and contemporary creativity;
3) applicability of techniques and materials from a viewpoint of environmental sustainability;
4) ability to activate community and territorial networks;
5) proposals for new forms of experiencing time;
6) technical feasibility.

Phase 1. Preselection

By October 18, 2016, the Jazzi Association, based on the requirements found in the present document, will internally select 15 proposals that are eligible for evaluation by the Jury, based on the thoroughness of submitted documents and coherence with the competition’s requirements (hereafter referred to as “Selected Ideas”).

On October 25, 2016, the Selected Ideas will be published on this website

Phase 2. Jury evaluation

By  November 11, 2016, the Ideas selected during Phase 1 will be submitted to the evaluation of a Jury, which will choose the 3 Winning Ideas (“Winning Ideas”), classifying them according to a ranking. The Jury’s decision is final. The ex-equo selection of Winning Ideas is excluded. The Jury reserves the right to assign honourable mentions at its discretion. Winners and honourable mentions will be communicated publicly on the website

The Jury will be composed of highly recognised experts from various disciplines:

Mario Cucinella, Franco Farinelli, Joseph Grima, Ugo La Pietra, Chris Torch.

8. Awards

The 3 Winning Ideas of the “Jazzi” competition will receive an award, as a complete refund of expenses, equal to 15.000,00 Euro for the first ranking, 10.000,00 Euro for the second ranking, 5.000,00 Euro for the third ranking.

These grants will be disbursed in one tranche within three months of the announcement of the Winning Ideas. In the event that the winner is a group, the award will be disbursed to the group leader indicated in the participation form.

 9. Indemnities and guarantees

Upon participation in this Competition, every proposing subject expressly declares that the Idea presented is original, and does not violate in any way, in whole or in part, the rights and/or property rights of third parties, henceforth indemnifying the Jazzi Association and/or its Partners against any and all responsibility, request for compensation for damages and/or penalty claimed by third parties. Furthermore, by participating in this competition, until the declaration of the Winning Ideas, proposing subjects are restricted from licensing, in whole or in part, to any third parties, any rights ascribable to the Ideas presented, in whole or in part, in order to participate in this competition. If this principle is violated, let it be understood here and now that the proposing subject will be automatically excluded from the competition.

10.Disclaimer for use

Upon participation in this competition, participating subjects authorise the Jazzi Association, its partners, and any other subject involved in the implementation of this initiative, to freely publish, on its website and on the platforms of its partners, documents that have been presented in order to participate in the competition and/or to publicly promote the Ideas proposed in other ways and shapes in order to stimulate a cultural debate regarding all themes involved. Material presented can be used by the Jazzi Association, by its partners and by its media partners for their communication.

The proposer of the idea is entirely responsible for the content of the visual and text materials s/he sends. The promoters agree to not utilise or implement any ideas of the participants without authorisation by its author, upon agreement between both sides. In any event, the promoters are not obligated to implement the ideas of the competition, nor to confer responsibilities or consultations to participating subjects and to winning subjects.

11. Privacy

The owner of the idea expressly authorises the Jazzi Association, as well as its direct delegates, to treat his/her personal data pursuant to the Italian law 675/96 (‘Privacy Law’) and subsequent amendments D.Lgs. 196/2003 (Privacy Code), also in order to insert it in managed data banks.


Every false or incomplete declaration implicates the immediate exclusion of the proposing subject from the competition. The selection will exclude idea proposals that are not presented within the published deadline, presented partially or in any way contrasting with any of the rules of this present document. Furthermore, proposing subjects are invited to not contact members of the Jury, under penalty of exclusion from this competition.

 13. Responsibility

The Association assumes no responsibility for any problem or difficulty, of a technical, computer-based or natural nature, that impedes the uploading, reception and evaluation of the projects and proposals of the participants. In this sense, participants are invited to upload their material on the website of the competition as soon as possible, also in order to avoid any problems related to system overload.

The Association reserves the right to modify the content of this present document in any moment, with adequate communication on the official website, on its social networks, etc.

The Association also reserves the right to cancel or suspend the competition for any reason, including for causes beyond its control.

14. Attachments and supporting materials

Attachment 1 – List of the jazzi with links for their location on Google Maps
Attachment 2 – Photographic documentation
Attachment 3 – Aerial photography excerpt of the area involved in the Competition, and with the jazzi marked, in 1:5,000 scale in versions .dwg and .pdf.
Attachment 4 –Excerpt from IGM maps in 1:50,000 scale of the context of the territory
Attachment 5 – Excerpt from IGM maps in 1:50,000 scale of the context of the territory with paths measured by the Mountain Community
Attachment 6 – Ortho-photo excerpt in 1:50,000 scale of the context of the territory
Attachment 7 – Ortho-photo excerpt in 1:50,000 scale of the context of the territory with paths measured by the Mountain Community



Cultural Association Jazzi

Partners: Trek Natura Cilento, La Via Silente, GET Trek.

Media Partners: cheFare, doppiozero

Patrons: Comune di Camerota


Question 1 – If I participate with more than one proposal, do I have to fill out the registration form for each idea?

If you propose more than one idea in the competition, you must fill out the registration form for each idea sent.

Question 2 – If I make a mistake on the form, can I change it at a later time?

It is possible to send applications for idea proposals through the form on the website until the competition has been closed. Once you have completed the procedure for filling out the form and sent the application, it will no longer be possible to make any changes. Instead, it is possible to send a new application, by filling out the form correctly and requesting via e-mail the cancellation of the incorrect application, referring to the registration code that is sent automatically as confirmation that the application has been sent.

Question 3 – I’m having problems completing the registration and filling out the form. What should I do?

You must contact us at the e-mail address

Question 4 – Is it possible to visit and survey the jazzi?

It is possible to visit and survey the area and the jazzi involved in the competition by freely accessing the paths marked on the maps found in the Attachments to the present document. All the owners of the jazzi involved in this competition for ideas have signed a release allowing free access to the jazzi and the possibility to produce and circulate appropriate photographic documentation related to the competition. In any case, we do request that you give us notice via e-mail.

Question 5 – Can I propose ideas for other jazzi that are not listed among those indicated by the competition?

The ideas must involve the area of the jazzi included in the competition, but in general it is possible to propose ideas that can also be adapted and reproduced in other jazzi.

Question 6 – Will the proposed ideas be implemented?

This competition intends to search for ideas that can be implemented in agreement with the owners and compatible with the zoning regulations and environmental and landscape restrictions applicable to the area. In any case, the promoters hold no obligations for implementing the Winning Ideas.