The Sustainable Mountain Sports Resort Forum
The International Council of French Architects (CIAF) which is the UIA French section, in partnership with the Worldwide Federation of Young Architects (FMJA), the Order of French Architects and the Municipality of Font-Romeu,French mountain resort located in the Pyrenean mountains has the pleasure to announce the organization of an international Forum for young architects.
The theme of this event which will be held from July 20th to July 31th in Font-Romeu is The Sustainable Mountain Sports Resort . Starting from the diagnosis of the resort and from the information which will be exposed by the international conference which will inaugurate the Forum, the 5 international teams of young architects participating to the Forum will have to propose and illustrate new ways of development for Font-Romeu as a sustainable mountain sports resort. This event is the 10th edition of Forums organized in France and notably in the Pyrenees Region.
The Forum is opened to architects, town-planners and landscape designer under forty years old as well as to young graduate professionals or future graduate students. You will find attached a documentation on the Forum and a Registration Form. The organizer will take charge of accommodation and meals. The participant is responsible only for travel expenses to the site(Font-Romeu) and for visa costs. The selection of participants will be made among candidacy applications which shall include a curriculum vitae and an illustrated document describing the experience of the candidate related to the theme of the Forum, The Sustainable Mountain Sports Resort.
The number of participants is limited to 25.
The closing date for application is April 15th 2009 midnight (French time)
The projects of the 5 international teams will be published in a leaflet and will be exposed at the next UIA Congress on September 2011 in Tokyo, which will be held on the theme Design 2050 .
The sustainable mountain sports resort
The International Council of French Architects and the Worldwide Federation of Young
Architects have organized for more than 15 years forums in France and abroad, with for
discussion thread sustainable development.
The chosen subject for the Xth Forum, the sustainable mountain sports resort, through
the example of Font-Romeu prolongs the works of the last editions organized in the
department of the Pyrenees Orientales : “ the city and the social housing”, “ the social
housing in rural environment”, “ the university and the city”, “the future of a mountain
village”, " the cross-border cooperation in mountain”, " the sustainable development of
the Tet valley” and " buildings with positive energy in the Mediterranean climate ". The
sustainable mountain sports resort constitutes a real zoom of the second last forum and
consistent with the governmental objectives in particular those of the SRU law and the
This forum will be held on the fringe of the Week of the Architecture organized by the city of
Font-Romeu, the Order of architects and the houses of architecture.
The main stake of this Xth Forum is the identification of the solutions supporting:
the comprehension of the creative mechanisms of the mountain sports resorts
the quality of the housing environment, the lodging and the diversification of the tourist
equipment in mountain
the identification and the definition of the capacities of still vacant spaces
improvement of the existing state through structuring solutions
identification of the tools allowing the transformation of the mountain sports resort of
yesterday into a sustainable development.
The sustainable mountain sports resorts
I. International Conference : 20th and 21st July 2009
Two days, in opening of the forum will be devoted to an international symposium on the
topic: “Towards the sustainable mountain sports resorts” or the transformation of a
mountain sports resort of yesterday into a sustainable development.
The acts of the conference will focus on the development strategies of the mountain sports
resorts, on the solidarity of the mountain population with the tourists, on the development of
the local heritage, the conservation of the greatest wealth of the mountain, the landscape,
and on the research of the essential balance between heritage and modernity.
This conference will gather experts of the mountain economy. The results of these two days
of study will contribute in particular to the reflection that was led by elected representatives of
mountain sports resorts motivated by the sustainable development. A search for new
panorama, more adapted to one of the major challenges of the next decades, the global
warming, will be also driven.
The conference will have to make emerge reliable answers to the often contradictory
questions which tourism of mountain causes. Indeed the XXth century, with rare exceptions,
saw the beginning of the decline of the mountain sports resorts.
the land use regulations (PLU) only organize the regulation of the act to build
the policy of the allotments was only used to generate the spreading out of the
the special urban planning zone (ZAC) often contribute to create ghettos of tourist
accommodation, often in altitude, even if they sometimes allowed the financing of
certain public equipment
The conference will enlight new ways of development for the existing mountain sports
resorts and will help the participants of the forum to propose solutions for the ecological
development of Font-Romeu.
The conference will be illustrated by various exhibitions suitable to the topic of the forum but
also to architecture in general:
No one is prophet in his country, illustrating the knowledge of the architects in
Bioclimatic architecture in Languedoc Roussillon
The heritage of Cerdagne
II. The forum of the young architects
2.1 Targets for an ambitious project
The mayor of Font-Romeu defines the transformation of the mountain sports resort: “If only one decision of the creators of winter sports in Font-Romeu had to be regretted, it would be without any doubt that they established in the last century the tracks and the ski lifts too far from the village. By disconnecting the snowfields from the heart of the city, these pioneers of the Pyrenean tourism had not taken into account the pleasures and the comfort of a mountain sports resort situated at the bottom of its own ski slopes. So, they obliged the holiday maker to borrow a means of motorized transport to join, 5 km further, the ski runs of Airelles and the joys of the snow-covered slips. In front of the competition of the other sports resorts praising their privileged situation “with the bottom of the tracks”, Font-Romeu doubled initiatives to distort this handicap. The installation in 1974 of a cable car connecting the station to the tracks, will only mitigate this shouting gap for a while. Again and again, while chair-lifts and skis-lifts daily transport thousands skiers to the heights of Font-Romeu, the city remains asleep. This animation escapes from the mountain sport resort. Only lodging takes advantage when the night comes with this extraordinary commercial force evaluated on average with nearly 15.000 people per day.
From observations into reflexions, a shouting need is essential today: a track must connect Font-Romeu with Airelles, a natural come back to “skis to the feet”. The project which animates the oldest dreams of the population of Font-Romeu is up to date. To the sides of a new municipal team, unanimously elected which carries high and far this collective ambition, a whole population aspires to the realization of this creation of “a track, heart of the mountain sport resort”.
By getting the crowd of the skiers then by inviting it to consume directly in the local stores, the heart of the mountain resort will restore in its activity an incredible breath. It will prolong the season and will multiply the financial dynamism of the municipality. More tourist comfort, the long traffic jams in the rush hours will be over.
No more polluting carbonic gas emanations and no more dissatisfaction of the motorist prisoners of lines. Access times to the after ski activities will also be reduced (casino, cinema, sports complex, aqualudic center, skating rink, swimming pool, etc…) for the greatest pleasure of its followers and the economic development of the resort. In summer this space constitutes the departure of mountain hikes, the place of events (mountain bike, pedestrian races, etc.) and mountain or festive activities.
Besides the realization of this new track, a real incursion of nature into the city, it is also a question of reorganization of the heart of a mountain resort which only asks to beat. So the establishment in this so strategic place of an aqualudic center proves to be an ideal complement with the diversification of the “snow” product.
A high level hotel structure must accompany the investment. The enlarging of the current covered car park, just like the organization of a plan of parking is to be programmed. In the same way, a theatre will be scheduled (congress, ceremonies, festivities, etc …) It becomes essential to the widening of the tourist and the municipal offer. Finally, the friendly and functional Tourist office will find here its ideal place. Between concerted urbanization and wide protected environmental spaces, Font-Romeu enters into in the new era of the tourist resorts of mountain turned towards sustainable development. Definitively combining economic development and quality of life”. It is in this will that the Xth Forum wants to help the municipality to define the tools which will allow it to concretize its projects and to realize so a sustainable mountain sports resort.
2.2 The program of intervention and sites
Starting from the diagnosis of the resort, as well as the information revealed by the
international conference, the teams will receive a file about the sites they will have to work
This file will include the essential elements of knowledge of the concerned sites: documents
of current town planning, in particular the relative law with solidarity and the urban renewal
(SRU), graphic documents of the sites, tracks of approach, etc…
The sites and the topics will be defined with the local elected representatives in the
preparatory phase of the forum.
2.3 Form of the proposals
The project will be presented through four vertical panels A1 (84 X 60 cm)
These panels will include:
General concept of Font-Romeu sustainable mountain sports resort
Master plan of Font- Romeu sustainable sports resort
Zoom on one of the elements of the concept
Free panel illustrating the 3 previous panels
The proposals will be delivered on Thursday July 30th, 2009, midnight at the latest.
The presentation of the projects in front of the International jury will be open to public
audience. It will take place on Friday July 31st, 2009 at 9 am. Each team will have 20 minutes
to present its project in 2 languages (10 minutes in French, 10 minutes in English).
The Jury will deliberate in the afternoon and the results and comments will be announced the
same day at 6 pm.
3.1 The location
Font-Romeu – Pyrénées Orientales (France)
Young architects and landscape designers from all over the world will work under the
supervision of international animators.
From Monday 20th to Friday 31st July 2009, including the International Conference on
Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st July 2009.
Participants will be welcomed on Monday July 20th until 10 am, the official opening of the
Forum will be at 11 am.
The International Conference will start the same day at 2 pm and will continue the following
3.3 Management committee
Zygmund KNYSZEWSKI architect and town planner, Manager of the forum, Treasurer of
the International Council of the French Architects - France.
François ROBLIN, architect and town planner, President of the Worldwide Federation of
Young Architects, France.
Joao DINIZ, architect and town planner, teacher at the school of architecture of Belo-
Horizonte - World Wide Federation of Young Architects, Latin American Section - Brazil.
Jean Paul SCALABRE, architect Adviser to the Ministère de l’Equipement, President of the
International Council of the French Architects - France
Patrice GENET, architect and town planner, national consultant at the Order of architects,
responsible for the sustainable development commission – France
Stefan MITRO, architect, town-planner, President of the Slovakian architects association of
Presov - Slovakia,
Istelliana ATANASSOVA, architect, town planner, National Union of the Bulgarian
Architects - Bulgaria
Antonio GONELLA, architect, town-planner, WorldWide Federation of Young Architects -
Jean-Pierre PRIBEDICH, architect of the Building Industries of France, departmental
service of architecture and heritage in Pyrénées Orientales.
List to be completed with personalities linked to the topic of the Forum (Pyrenean Massif
Committee, Chamber of Commerce and of Industry, Departmental Committee of Tourism
3.4. The jury
Albert DUBLER, President of Jury, Vice President of the International Union of Architects –
Jean Louis DEMELIN, Mayor of Font-Romeu – France
Lionel DUNET, President of the National Council of the Order of architects- France
Jean Paul SCALABRE, President of the International Council of the French architects -
Patrice GENET, Vice President of the International Council of the French architects –
Jacques CANAL, Vice President of the International Council of the French architects –
Bérengère RODRIGUEZ DE SA, President of the Regional Council of the Order of
architects Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Zygmund KNYSZEWSKI, Manager of the Xth Forum of Young Architects, Treasurer of the
International Council of the French architects - France.
Stefan MITRO, President of the Slovakian architects association of Presov - Slovakia,
Joao DINIZ, teacher at the school of architecture of Belo-Horizonte - Worldwide Federation
of young Architects, Latin American Section - Brazil.
Rémi BUTLER, Architect adviser of the department in the Pyrénées Orientales - France
Feng XIAOJIAN, architect, Vice President of the Worldwide Federation of young
architects, Asian Section – China
Istelliana ATANASSOVA, architect, National Union of the Bulgarian architects – Bulgaria
Antonio GONELLA, architect, town-planner, Worldwide Federation of young architects -
Jean Pierre PRIBEDICH, architect of the Building Industries of France, departmental service
of architecture and heritage in Pyrénées Orientales.
Jean Louis SARDA, City Councillor of Font-Romeu
List to be supplemented ………..
3.5. Organizational Heads
International Council of French Architects
President Jean Paul SCALABRE
Tour Maine Montparnasse, 33 avenue du Maine
B.P. 154 - 75755 PARIS CEDEX 15 - France
Tél : +33 (0)1 56 58 67 00
Fax : +33 (0)1 56 58 67 01
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
World Wide Federation of Young Architects
President: François ROBLIN
10 allée du hameau Gabriel Péri
28000 CHARTRES - France
Tél : +33 (0)2 37 34 77 09
Email : email@example.com
Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Housing,
Ministry of Culture and Communication,
Ministry of Regional Planning and Environment,
Regional Council of Languedoc-Roussillon .
Municipality of Font-Romeu,
National Council and Regional Council of the Order of Architects,
Departemental Service of Architecture and Landscape in the Pyrenees Orientales,
County authority for Equipment in the Pyrenees Orientales,
County authorities for Agriculture and Foresty in the Pyrenees Orientales,
Partnership in progress:
Commission of the Pyrenean Massif,
The Regional Nature Park,
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pyrenees Orientales,
Departmental Committee of Tourism,
Regional Department for Environment in Languedoc-Roussillon,
Agency for the Environment and Energy Control
County Council of the Pyrenees Orientales
National Center for Scientific Research – Font-Romeu
3.7 The purpose
This event, as well as the conferences and exhibitions will be the occasion for professional architects, town planners and economists, to exchange and elaborate together a concept and design solutions for the local development of Font-Romeu as an ecological mountain sports resort respecting environment and rules of sustainable development. Architects coming from different backgrounds and different cultures will meet and confront their work methods and ideas to propose original solutions.
The general budget covers:
preparation and general functioning of the forum (accommodation, logistics,
transportation and office supplies).
production and diffusion of the final report (leaflet, exhibitions of the projects in
France and abroad).
Like the previous editions, during twelve days, the participants, architects, landscape designers, town planners (forty years old maximum) as well as the organizers and the lecturers will exchange ideas, information and methodologies regarding the theme, sustainable mountain sports resorts. The conference will provide the participants experts reports and analysis. The participants final proposals will be submitted to the international jury which will distribute the awards. The projects will be published in a leaflet and exhibit at the occasion of the next Congress of the International Union of Architects which will be held in Tokyo in July 2011.
3.10 Coordination Team
Zygmund KNYSZEWSKI – CIAF – Director of the Forum
3, rue des Variétés 66000 PERPIGNAN - France
Tel : +33 (0)4 68 35 31 46 + 33(0)6 10 83 35 60 Fax : +33 (0)4 68 34 34 08
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Sophie GOODFRIEND - CIAF – Coordination Forum
Tour Maine Montparnasse - 33 avenue du Maine – BP 154 –
75755 Paris Cedex 15 - France
Tel : +33 (0)1 56 58 67 15 +33(0)6 15 11 76 13 Fax : +33(0)1 56 58 67 01
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Patricia BLANC – CIAF - Coordination Forum –
« La Gare » route du Puigmal 66800 SAINTE LEOCADIE - France
Tel : +33(0)6 03 46 84 63
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Françoise DELCASSO – Responsible of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Unit in
Saillagouse - France
Avenue Comtes de Cerdagne 66800 SAILLAGOUSE - France
Tel : +33 (0)4 68 04 01 96
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Ferruccio REDAELLI – Worldwide Federation of young architects
Animator and Forum Logistics
20044 BERNAREGGIO (MI) – Italie
Tel : +39 33 56 28 81 28
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Jean Louis SARDA – City Councillor of Font-Romeu
Hotel Grand Tetras - avenue Emmanuel Brousse 66120 FONT-ROMEU - France
Tel : +33 (0)4 68 30 01 20
Email : email@example.com
3.11. Conditions of participation
The number of participants is limited to 25 architects.
The selection will be made according to the curriculum vitae joined to the registration
form and a concise document illustrating the candidate’s experience relating to the
theme of the competition.
The closing date for applications: April 15th, 2009 at midnight.
The participants will be architects, town planners and landscape designers under forty
The candidatures are opened to young graduate professionals or future graduate
The teams will be constituted by drawing lots of five architects, landscape designers,
town planners or economists foreign, one of them must be French.
The elements of the program will be given to the participants on the site.
A two days International Conference animated by specialists and experts of the
development of the mountain will complete the information.
The projects will be conceived throughout Forum.
The International Jury will be consist of architects, members of the International Union
of the Architects and personalities concerned with the topic.
The prizes are of symbolic nature.
The results will be presented to the local elected representatives, to the administrative
and political people in charge and will be exposed to the Congress of the International
Union of the Architects in Tokyo, in 2011.
The official languages are French and English.
3.13. Travel and lodging :
The accommodation, the meals and the spot transport are supplied by the organizers.
The costs of transport and visa to go on the site of the Forum are chargeable to the
« SUSTAINABLE MOUNTAIN SPORT RESORT »
BULLETIN D'INSCRIPTION REGISTRATION FORM
NAME FIRST NAME
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH
CITIZENSHIP SPOKEN LANGUAGES
TEL ____________________ EMAIL ____________________
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QUALIFICATIONS AND DIPLOMAS
Reception before 15/04/2009, 12 pm, included a Curriculum Vitae.
Selection will be based on the Curriculum Vitae : send a concise document illustrating your experience
relative to the theme of the competition (1 to 3 pages of text, 1 illustrated page).
For more information, ask :
Sophie GOODFRIEND – CIAF – Tour Maine Montparnasse –
33 avenue du Maine- BP 154 – 75755 PARIS – France
Tel : +33 (0)1 56 58 67 15 - Fax +33 (0)1 56 58 67 01.
E mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Zygmund KNYSZEWSKI – Directeur du Forum
3, Rue des Variétés - 66000 PERPIGNAN -FRANCE
Tél : +33 (0)4 68 35 31 46 - Fax +33 (0)4 68 34 34 08
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