Europan Croatia

Europan 13


It is proposed for Europan 13 to continue with the generic theme of “the adaptable city”: adaption to the need for more sustainable development but adaption also to the context of an economic crisis that the majority of European cities are currently undergoing. Three generic concepts structure this overall theme:
Resilience as a challenge: to be able to extend or find again the identity of the city’s structural elements (built or landscaped) in a context of significant changes.
Social adaptability as a goal: reconciling the coherence of these structures with the evolving uses and practices.
Economy as a method: managing urban transformations in different contexts of actors and means, yet with limited resources and in the era of the “post-oil city”
Taking these three themes into account induces changes in the urban and architectural order:

in the logics of actors – Welfare State Vs. Self-Organization

The essence of the European city is a certain sense of the community. A change is currently taking place from less “welfare state” to more “self organization”. What will the new relation between the public and private domains be? Who will take care of the public domain if the state is less involved? And what does it mean for the practice as architects or urban planners?

in the contents – Segregation Vs. Sharing

Sharing at the urban scale can stimulate the “empowerment” of coexistences between different cultures: preserving the collective while inventing a more appropriate organization of the society. How could sharing be a way to develop cheaper and lighter solutions to build an ecological and sustainable city? How could it be a way to regenerate the co-inhabited environments?

in the design processes – Object Vs. Project (Process)

With communication tools and social networks in the rising, our culture grows less object-based; and this phenomena affects architecture and urbanism. Many young architects are emerging though the implementation of projects presenting less physical objects, yet where the scope of the projects is as important as the objects involved. The objects can already partly exist and the project is about managing the existing, dealing with social constructions, developing a context and raising the question of “urbanism with less or without growth”.
Europan therefore wishes that the sites be confronted to the major challenges concerning the adaptability of European cities and also propose concrete innovations in the order given by the site representatives, arousing new project approaches by young competitors.
The Europan 13 Topic was defined after the contributions of 40 European experts.

Zagreb (HR)

Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Population: City 790,000 inhab.
Project site area: 1.5 ha / 4.5 ha / 5.8 ha / 16 ha
Site proposed by: City of Zagreb
Owner(s) of the site: City of Zagreb, private owners
Post-competition phase: The sites are proposed for temporary public use, organized by the City in cooperation with NGOs, citizens' organizations and similar stakeholders
Team representative: architect

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In the 13th session of Europan, Zagreb proposes four sites along the Sava river, currently abandoned and unused, but with a potential for high-quality and dynamic public urban space. The program searches for proposal of use and the mobile street furniture/structures to enable temporary public use, before implementation of planned purpose.
This flexible approach is in line with the sub-themes of Europan 13 and the low cost of implementation will facilitate the feasibility of the project.
The partnership with NGOs is one of the possible modalities of project implementation with direct participation of citizens – future users. The competitors will be asked to propose multiple uses with the same street furniture, i.e. multifunctionality.
TOPIC is adaptation and revitalization of neglected city sites for the purpose of public use; regardless of existing use of sites, temporary organization for the purpose of public use is proposed through the renewal of the site without actual construction.
TASK DESCRIPTION: Improving of infrastructure (where needed), a fixed installation of street furniture (where needed), and a temporary pavilion for public use (where possible).
The added value of the task is cover several current topics in a single task, such as:
– Improvement of the pedestrian and cycling infrastructure per se
– Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP): Planning for the people
– Revitalization of public spaces in the city
– Introduction of new attractions in the areas of public use during and after the European Universities’ Games in 2016
– urban renewal and development of the city
The idea supports Europan efforts to give greater importance to the process of implementation than implementation Itself. The value of this ‘process’ is tackling of various professions’ domains, administrative structures and citizens
The project aims to offer ‘experimental solution’ on sites that have a high attractive potential, but were stopped in the reconstruction and development because of various circumstances, caused by transition processes but also the economic situation. Therefore – in anticipation of the final solution to selected sites – we suggest temporary use.
EXPECTED RESULT is an overview of possible scenarios of public use of degraded areas by introducing new public facilities, accessible to everyone – and without aggressive permanent interventions.
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Entry Conditions


Europan 13 is open to any team consisting of an architect in partnership or not with one or more professionals of the same or other disciplines of the urban-architectural field (architects, urban planners, landscapers, engineers, artists…)
Every team member, whatever his/her profession, must be under the age of 40 years old on the closing date for submission of entries.

Composition of the Teams

There is no limit to the number of participants per team. A registered team can modify its composition on the European website until the closing date for submissions. No further change shall be accepted after this date.
One team can submit a project on different sites and one person can be part of different teams provided that the submitted projects are not judged by the same jury.


Associates are considered to be authors of the project and are credited as such in all national and European publications and exhibitions. They are young professionals with a university degree recognised by the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications, in any of the relevant disciplines regardless of nationality.
The compulsory requirement is to hold such a degree. Membership in a European professional body is optional, except for associates without a European degree.


Teams may include additional members, called contributors. Contributors may be qualified or not but none of them shall be considered as an author of the project.

Team Representative

Each team names one “Team Representative” among the associates. The Team Representative is the sole contact with the national and European secretariats during the whole competition.
The Team Representative must be an architect with a qualification from a European country or must have the architect status under the laws of a European country. In specific cases and when mentioned on the site definition (see Synthetic Site File), the Team Representative can be an architecture, urban or landscape professional (architect, landscaper, urban planner, architectengineer). In this case the team shall necessarily include at least one architect among the associates.


No competition organizer and/or member of their families are eligible to take part in the competition on a site where he/she is involved. Still, he/she can participate on another national site in which he/she is not involved (in the case of people close to a member of a participating municipality) or on a site depending on another national jury.
Are considered as organizers: members of the Europan structures; employees and contractors working for partners with sites proposed in the current session, members of technical committees; observers; jury members and their employees.


Registration is done through the European website ( and implies the acceptance of the competition rules.
In compliance with French Act #78-17 of Jan. 6th, 1978, on Information Technology, Data Files and Civil Liberties the protection of personal data communicated during registration is guaranteed.

Europan 13 Website

The European website for the thirteenth session of the competition is available online from the opening date of the competition at the following url:
It includes: the complete European rules for the Europan 13 competition; the session theme; the synthetic and detailed site files grouped geographically or by themes; the composition of the juries; and an organisational chart of all the Europan structures.
The website also offers the possibility to register to the competition and submit the complete proposals.

Team Registration

Registration to the competition is done through the European website (Registrations section) and implies the payment of a 150€ fee. There shall be no refund of the registration fee.
This fee includes one Complete Site Folder and the printing –necessary for the evaluation– of the panels (on rigid support) as well as of the digital document by the national secretariats.
Payment is automatically confirmed on the website. The team can then access its personal area and the digital entry area and download the complete site folder for the selected site. Additional Complete Site Folders cost 50€ per site.

Information Available to Teams

Synthetic Site Files

The Synthetic Site Files present a summary vision of the site. They are available on the sites presentation pages of the European website and help the teams select their project site(s).
This document is in English (and sometimes also in the site language).

Composition of the Synthetic Site Files

The Synthetic Site Files provide for each site:

– Good-quality iconographic documents:

– 1 map of the city or conurbation identifying the location of the study site and giving the graphic scale;
– 1 aerial picture of the study site in its context identifying the location of the study site in red and the project site in yellow;
– 1 oblique aerial picture (semi-aerial) of the study site;
– 1 oblique aerial picture (semi-aerial) of the project site;
– 1 map of the area identifying the study site and the graphic scale;
– 1 map of the area identifying the project site and the graphic scale;
– at least 3 to 6 ground-level pictures showing the site’s characteristic elements (topography, natural features, existing architecture);

– Written information:

– the site category;
– the profile of the team representative: architect or professional of the urban design;
– names of the town and place; population of the town and conurbation; surface area of the study and project sites; site owner(s); expected follow-up after the competition;
– the developer’s and the city’s specific objectives; strategic issues of the site; relation the session topic: “The Adaptable City 2, Self-Organization – Sharing – Project (Process)”.

Complete Site Folders

The Complete Site Folders include detailed written documents on the city, the site, its context and the developers’ intentions as well as drawings, pictures and any graphic document required for the design process.
These Folders are available on the sites presentation pages of the European website (after registration on the site and logging in to the website) and help the teams design their project on the chosen site.
The documents in the Complete Site Folders are in English and may also be in the site language.

Composition of the Complete Site Folders

a. Pictures, diagrams and graphics

> Conurbation (territorial scale)

– 1 aerial picture of the city;
– 1 map on regional (urban geography) or urban scale (conurbation) with an appropriate graphic scale showing the major features structuring the area (buildings, networks, natural features).

> Study site (urban scale)

– 1 aerial picture of the study site;
– at least 1 semi-aerial picture of the study site;
– at least 5 ground-level pictures showing the characteristic features of the study site: topography, natural features, existing architecture, etc.;
– plans of the study site with an appropriate scale;
– characteristic features: infrastructure, existing and future plans, etc.

> Project site (local scale)

– at least 3 semi-aerial pictures of the project site;
– at least 10 ground-level pictures showing the characteristic features of the project site: 5 topography, natural features, existing architecture, etc.;
– map(s) of the project site with an appropriate scale, showing:

o the project site’s location within the study site;
o the project site’s plot divisions, constructions, natural elements, etc.;

– topographical map of the project site with an appropriate scale and, if necessary, characteristic features (buildings and natural features to be retained or not, etc.)

b. Content Document

The Content Document is a 10-to-15-page illustrated document aiming at providing a better understanding of the main elements of the context through the existing elements as well as through the site’s mutation issues and its environment. It includes the following divisions:

– A detailed analysis of the regional and urban context, putting in perspective the transformations of the city and the region and including all the elements on this scale that may have a current of future influence on the site: mobility networks, ecological elements, urban structure, landscape, etc., within the general framework of the adaptable city;
– A detailed analysis of the study site putting in perspective the transformation of the site (the site and its environment) and illustrating how the theme of adaptability is taken into account. The following information is also provided:

o Role of the study site in the city policy, with details on the goals of the planning imagined by the municipality;
o Programmatic framework: planned transportation networks; public and private spaces to build and/or upgrade, with assumptions about planned functions and/or dimensions; goals for public spaces and infrastructures; and detailed explanations of the choices of the developers for each aspect of the programmes.

– A detailed analysis of the project site putting in perspective the site transformation and the way to make it more adaptable. The programmatic framework is also detailed, with: the spaces to build and/or regenerate, with functions and dimensions; the precise goals for public spaces and infrastructures; detailed explanations of the developers’ intentions on the parts of the programmes to be included.
– The main elements linked to the Europan 13 themes – Self-Organization – Sharing – Project (Process) – and their implication on uses and flexibility of spaces (built and public), natural elements and implementation processes of the mutation.
– A description of the sociocultural context of the site, the city and the region and its evolution to help participants better understand the local urban lifestyles and the citizens’ rhythms.


Questions on the sites

A meeting is organised on each site with the teams and the municipalities and/or developers to give a detailed picture of the issues related to the site. The national structure of the site then publishes a report in English in a maximum of two weeks after the meeting. This report is available online on the sites presentation pages of the European website. In addition to this an FAQ menu on sites is open on the European website for a limited period of time (see calendar).

Questions on the rules

An FAQ menu on rules is open on the European website for a limited period of time (see calendar).

Submission of Entries

Digital Submission

Digital submission is compulsory. It includes the 3 A1 panels, one digital document, the documents proving the eligibility of the team members and documents for the project communication (3 images + a short text).
The complete submissions shall be submitted by midnight (Paris time) on June 30th, 2015, through the European website (Entry section).
Teams can enter submissions on several sites, provided that those sites are located in different countries and/or assessed by different juries (case of associate countries).
Failure to comply with the hereunder-mentioned requirements on board presentation may result in the disqualification of the team.
The number of entries per site is available on the European website on the European map of the sites (column on the right).

Anonymity and Compulsory Content

The site name and the project title must be displayed on every document.
A specific code is automatically attributed to each project upon upload. The teams do not know this code, through which the jury members take note of the project. The teams’ identities are revealed via an automatic link between the code and the team on the online projects database.


The panels and digital document shall be either written in English or bilingual (English + the site language).

Items to Submit

Submissions include PDF documents divided as follows:

– 3 vertical A1 project panels;
– 1 horizontal A3 digital document;
– Documents proving the eligibility of the team members;
– Documents for communication (3 images + a short text)

Project panels

Content – The 3 panels must:

– explain the urban ideas developed in the project with reference to the site issues and the thematic orientations of the proposal;
– present the project as a whole, highlighting the architecture of the project, and particularly the relationship between the new developments and the site’s existing context, including three-dimensional representations of the project

All graphic and descriptive documents must have a graphic scale.

Technical spectifications:

– PDF format;
– Vertical A1 (L 594 mm x H 841 mm) ;
– Maximum 20 Mb
– One box (L 60 mm x H 40 mm) is left blank in the upper left corner for the automatic insertion of the code; the name of the city appears next to it;
– Panels numbered from 1 to 3 in the upper right corner;
– The team is free to decide on the positioning of the proposal title.

Model for the panels

Digital Document

The digital document is composed of 7 pages maximum explaining the content of the project through texts, schemes and/or drawings.
Technical specifications:

– PDF format;
– Horizontal A3 (L 420 mm x H 297 mm)
– Maximum 15 Mb
– One box (L 60 mm x H 40 mm) is left blank in the upper left corner of each page for the automatic insertion of the code.

Model for the Digital Document

Documents to prove the eligibility of the team members

Documents for the disclosure of names and verification of the validity of the proposals shall be uploaded as PDF’s on the European website.
Personal information include:

> FOR THE TEAM: the Team Form and Declaration of Author- and Partnership and of Acceptance of the competition rules available online on the team’s personal area; to be filled out and signed;


– A copy of an ID document with a picture, providing evidence that they are under the age of 40 at the closing date for submission of entries (see calendar.)
– A copy of their European degree as an architectural, urban or landscape professional (architect, landscaper, urban planner…) or proof of such a status under the law of a European country.

No other document than the ones above-listed is necessary.
These personal documents must be uploaded individually for each team member. The upload of one sole document with all the required information (copies of the ID’s and degrees) will not be accepted.

Documents for the project communication

Each project must be summered up as follows:

– One short text of 1,500 signs (spaces included, to be typed in during submission);
– 3 separate PDF images that symbolize the project (max. 1Mb per image).

Control of the Submissions

Each team can check the upload of their projects on their online personal area. They can also –if needed– modify these documents until the deadline for submissions.
A period of 3 days is left open after the deadline for submissions (see Calendar) for the European secretariat to control the upload of each submission sent before the expiry of the deadline, as well as to correct the potential problems that might have appeared during the upload of the documents.

Results and Prizes


All the results for Europan 13 are available online from December 4th, 2015, on the European website (Results section).


Winners receive a reward of the equivalent of €12,000 (all taxes included) in the currency of the site’s country (at the exchange rate on the date of the announcement of the results). The organizers undertake to abide by the decisions of the national juries and to pay the reward within 90 days of the announcement of the results.


Runners-up receive a reward of the equivalent of €6,000 (all taxes included) in the currency of site’s country (at the exchange rate on the date of the announcement of the results). The organizers undertake to abide by the decisions of the national juries and to pay the reward within 90 days of the announcement of the results.

Special Mentions

A Special Mention can be awarded to a project considered innovative although not completely adapted to the site. The authors of such proposals do not receive a reward.

Publication of the Competition Results


– At the national scale of the organizing and associate countries

Promotion is organized around the competition launch.
The results announcement is accompanied with results ceremonies and presentations and/or workshops creating a first contact between the winning teams and the site representatives.

– At the European scale

A European event called Inter-Sessions Forum is the link between a finishing session and the beginning of the new one. This forum gathers the winning teams and site representatives of the finishing session and the site representatives of the new one around the results and first implementation steps of the projects awarded during the last session.
A €500 compensation is granted by the National Secretaries to each winning team (winners and runner-up) participating to the Forum to cover the journey and accommodation expenses.


The competition results can be the opportunity for publications in every organizing or associate country.
The European secretariat communicates on the European results along with expert analyses.


Websites are open by the national and European structures to promote the current session, future events and archives (previous sessions, team portraits, etc.)

Rights and Obligations


All material submitted to the organizers becomes their property, including reproduction rights. The intellectual property rights remain the exclusive property of their author(s).

Exhibition and Publication Rights

Moratorium on Publication

Teams may not publish drawings submitted to the competition or disclose their names by using their project for any communication before the official announcement of the results. Any such publication may result in the disqualification of the team.


The organisers reserve the right to publish all the projects submitted to them after the official announcement of results.
Projects are exhibited or published under the names of their authors.


The Council of the Europan European Association, which is empowered to arbitrate, shall hear any dispute.

List of Europan 13 Competitions

The Contact section of the European website shows the detailed national competition conditions country by country (number of sites and prizes, conditions of construction rights, etc.) as well as the details of the national and European structures, with the names of the people working for them.
The Jury section of the European website lists the members of the national juries.


June 2014 – Feb. 2015: Site research and problematization
Sep. 27th, 2014: Inter-Sessions Forum, E13 Sites – Debates around the topics and strategies of the preselected sites by families


Launch and Registration

Mo. March 2nd, 2015
– Launch of the competition on the European website with theme, rules, descriptions of the national Europan structures, short presentations of the sites proposed for the session and lists of the national juries.
– Opening date for registration on the European website and download of the complete site folders

Questions on the sites and rules via the Internet forum

Fr. May 15th, 2015: Deadline for submitting questions
Fr. May 31st, 2015: Deadline for answers to questions

Submission of entries

Tu. June 30th, 2015: Deadline for registration & submitting entries
We. July 1st, 2015: Publication of a temporary listing of submitted projects
Mo. July 6th, 2015: Deadline for controlling submissions & Publication of the definitive listing of submitted projects


July-October 2015: Shortlisting of entries by the national juries
October 2015:
– Comparative European analysis of the shortlisted ideas
– Forum of Cities and Juries
November 2015: Final selection of the winning projects by the national juries


Fr. December 4th, 2015: Announcement of the results
November 2016: Inter-Sessions Forum


Bojan BALETIĆ (HR) Architect, Zagreb School of Architecture, member of Supervising Committee of Varaždin students centre
Damir HRVATIN (HR) Architect, City of Poreč, Head of the Dpt. of Spatial Planning and the Environment, Poreč
Krešimir ROGINA (HR) Architect, Penezić&Rogina architects, Zagreb
Jordi QUEROL (ES) Architect and city planner, Barcelona
Simon HARTMANN (CH) Architect, HHF Architects, Basel
Nikola RADELJKOVIĆ (HR) NUMEN, designer/urban designer, Zagreb
Sonja LEBOŠ (HR) Urban anthropologist, Zagreb


Vanja RISTER (HR) Architect, Zagreb School of Architecture, Zagreb
Kristina CAREVA (HR) Architect, Zagreb School of Architecture, Zagreb

On its second session held on November 14th 2015, the jury awarded the following prizes:

1st prize

to the entry CB596 „SWAP ON THE RIVER“

Author(s): Carlos Zarco Sanz, architect, Spain
Associates(s): Sara Palomar Perez, architect, Spain; Zuhal Kol, architect, Turkey; Jose Luis Hidalgo, architect, Spain

2nd prize

to the entry VZ184 „HEY! THERE IS A RIVER BEYOND“

Author(s): Emanuele Romani, architect, Italy
Associates(s): Francesca Coden, architect, Italy; Alessandro Benetti, architect -urbanist, Italy; Margherita Locatelli, architect, Italy; Filippo Pasini, architect, Italy; Lorenzo Santosuosso, architect -urbanist, Italy