The International Ideas Competition is intended as a way to create a future vision of the Old Town and a means to kick-start the engine of regeneration through an Action Plan.

The Competition seeks to activate hidden energies and talents, unknown and underused resources; find innovative ways to interpret resources and draw out memories, creativity, inspiration, ideas and methodologies.

Proposals should help reinforce the importance of the Old Town for public functions on an urban and wider territorial scale and underline its role as a cultural attractor for a large area, helping to position Taranto within the regional and national cultural tourist system.



The competition consists of two basic stages: pre-selection and submission of proposals by the selected competitors.

The  pre-selection stage consists of acceptance of expressions of interest and the selection of a maximum of 20 competitors for admission to the next stage of the competition.

The submission of proposals competition takes place under conditions of anonymity and concludes with the award of prizes and declaration of a winner.



Participation is open to all: natural or legal persons of Italian or foreign nationality who meet the requirements of the new Public Procurement Code (article 46 para. 1).

Competitors must be headed by an architect or an engineer (in the role of GROUP LEADER) and must combine to form a multidisciplinary working group that includes at least one professional expert on issues of urban regeneration and local development.

In order to refined and optimise their proposal, groups can bring in additional experts beyond those required. These figures may be:

- historians of art or architecture;

- experts in the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage;

- archaeologists;

- experts in territorial marketing and smart planning;

- experts in ecology and/or environmental protection;

- experts in mobility;

- expert in participation and communication processes.



1. Log in and register on the Telematic Platform

2. Consult and download the Competition documents

3. Gather your multidisciplinary team with an engineer or an architect as group leader

4. Prepare and send a team Presentation Dossier for entry into the competition

Competitors apply for entry electronically through the Telematic Platform managed by Invitalia at:

The deadline for receipt of applications is set for 12:00 am on July 20, 2016 as stated in the Announcement

Registration on the portal is necessary to access the platform functions, to ensure confidentiality of communications, submit questions and complete the transmission of proposals.


The  jackpot is € 115,000.00.

At the end of the Submission of  Proposal phase , the Selection Board will draw up a short list and identify the three best ideas that will gain, respectively:

1st prize
60,000.00 Euros;

2st prize
30,000.00 Euros;

3st prize
15,000.00 Euros;

The winner of  Submission of  Proposal phase  will be winner of the Competition as well.

With the remaining  part of the jackpot , the Board  may consider proposing up to 2 substantiated mentions and a prize of € 5,000 each will be awarded.


Office of the Prime Minister of Italy

The International Ideas Competition is an initiative promoted and supported by the government and realised in conjunction with the Puglia Region and local institutions. Its implementation, coordinated by the ATP (L’Aquila, Taranto, POin Attrattori) Mission Structure of the Office of the Council of Ministers, has been entrusted to Invitalia, through Cipe resolution No. 100 of 23 December 2015.


Municipality of Taranto

The Municipality of Taranto, as signatory of the Institutional Development Contract for Taranto, contributes to the definition of local development strategies provided by the CIS, including through participation in the "Permanent Institutional Round Table for the Taranto Area. The Municipality is also called upon to prepare the "Action Plan for the recovery, redevelopment and enhancement of the Old Town of Taranto" as an extension of the National Cities Plan, which helped give rise the Ideas Competition initiative [Law No. 20/2015 art. 8 paragraph]. The Competition is therefore held in conjunction with the Municipality of Taranto.


INU - Italian National Institute of Town Planning

The National Institute of Town Planning (INU) is a legally recognised public law body for culture and technical coordination, established in 1930 to promote building and town planning studies and disseminate the principles of planning.

In the planning and implementation of the competition, Invitalia consulted INU for scientific and technical advice.



#OpenTaranto, the final video of the three winning projects


The winning ideas of the International Competition rewarded on March 24 at the Castello Aragonese of Taranto.

12 meeting Organizzazione per la cooperazione e lo sviluppo locale (OCSE)

Venice, 18-19 april 2016 - 12th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development


The month of April saw the launch of "International Ideas Competition" for the competitive relaunch of the city of Taranto and the redevelopment of the Old Town of Taranto.

Tavolo di presentazione del Concorso internazionale d’Idee

Taranto, 27 april 2016 - Presentation Working Table for the International Ideas Competition


On 27 April at the offices of the Municipality of Taranto, the working table met for the presentation of the International Ideas Competition, thereby starting a process of social activism and collective participation aimed at encouraging the generation of insights and ideas for the relaunch of the Old Town.