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Laser Valley — Land of Lights

International Ideas Competition

The Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research, with the
support of the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning
and the Technical University of Civil Engineering in Bucharest, is proud
to announce the Laser Valley — Land of Lights International Ideas

Against the background of the Extreme Light Infrastructure — Nuclear
Physics/ELI — NP Project, which aims to install the world’s most
powerful laser in the town of Măgurele, Romania welcomes the chance of
becoming a prominent international hub for the scientific community.
Hence, with more than 1,000 Romanian and international researchers
working and living in Măgurele, Laser Valley is destined to become an
internationally renowned research and business centre.

Aim of the competition is an illustration of the Laser Valley — Land of
Lights vision: A dynamic and open research ecosystem, thriving within a
prime built environment, that is both interesting and efficient. A place
for living, for having fun, for learning, a centre for science, for
research, and an innovation, business and mobility core.

The urban development vision for the Laser Valley — Land of Lights
competition will encompass the entire area between Bucharest (in the
northern part) and the Argeș river (in the southern part), including
both the Mihăilești Lake and the town of Măgurele. Taking into account
the currently unsustainable development path of the Măgurele area, as
well as the inherent potential of the ELI — NP Project to correct it,
the future urban development vision rests upon the following three

1. Research and technology become the main drivers of local and regional

2. The research environment exerts its influence upon local development,
   thereby resolving the tension between the old built environment and
   the new one;

3. The Laser Valley spatial concept integrates the green open spaces and
   capitalises upon the privileged location the town of Măgurele holds
   in relation to Bucharest.

The competition is open to both national and international
interdisciplinary teams of students, early graduates and young
researchers. There are no entry fees for the competition. The awards
amount to a total of 20,000 euros. The Jury is comprised of
internationally acclaimed professionals, both from Romania and from

Main Deadlines:
Official launch of the design brief: March 18th, 2016
Submissions: between September 1st and 5th, 2016
Announcing of the winners: September 20th, 2016
Awards ceremony: end of September, 2016, Măgurele, Romania.