À propos

As part of the efforts of the Rome-based Engineering Association for Mediterranean Countries to promote and strengthen a culture of cultural, academic, economic and social exchange and partnership in the Mediterranean region, a TUNeIT project has been launched To which ENAU, ENSIT and ENIM have joined the schools of architecture and engineering, as well as the Tunisian Engineering Order (OIT). TUNeIT proposes the construction of a bridge linking Africa and Europe via Cap Bon, Sicily and the Strait of Messina. It is also a vector of scientific and cultural exchanges between professionals, academics and students from both shores of the Mediterranean.

In this context, the partners announced above are organizing a competition of ideas for the design of a floating island to the broad of Tunisia on the side of Cap Bon Haouaria.

The competition is open to students of architecture schools and students of engineering in civil engineering and energy engineering. Three components are proposed in the competition. Those are :

  • Architecture and urbanism
  • Civil engineering
  • Renewable energies.

Each entrant or group of participants will participate in one of these components in accordance with their profile.

  • EAMC (Engineering Association for Mediterranean Countries) Tunisian side
  • ENAU (National School of Architecture and Urbanism)
  • ENIM
  • OIT (Tunisian Engineers' Order) Italian side
  • University of Roma Sapienza,
  • eCampus University,
  • Authority for Ports in Rome...

The organizers shall make available a set of useful data and documents available on the website



Participation can be done individually or by group.

Participation in the event is free of charge.

Team registrations will be submitted anonymously. The submission of the project will be done by sealed mail containing the team's constitution with the identification form to download on the website ..., the project and a precise description of the project. All these documents will also be submitted in digital format in PDF format on DVD / CD with a higher resolution.



The competition consists of three components:

  • Architecture and urbanism
  • Civil engineering
  • Renewable energies

Each entrant or group of participants will participate in one of these components in accordance with their profile.

  • 1 - Architecture Competition

    The lack of travel and life experiments through the contacts of culturally different people would promote intolerance, the deny of the other and in the most extreme cases obscurantism at a time when the best examples of urban development draw the wealth of the heterogeneous populations.

    From a perspective of openness between cultures, of rapprochement between peoples and the acceptance of others, to make our differences the wealth of our knowledge, this competition is a moment of reflection and research on a concept of structure Which would express the diversity of the Mediterranean peoples but also the common aspects of the two shores cultures.

    We invite the participants to imagine a master plan for the design of a floating island in Tunisia from Haouaria to Cap Bon for the future pavilion of the Mediterranean which will articulate the following components:

    • Expression
    • Memorial of immigrants
    • Conference room
    • Multi-purpose theater
    • Multi-purpose classrooms and exhibitions
    • Accommodation
    • Kitchens and Mediterranean Restaurants - 50 places per restaurant
    • Accommodation units - 1000 beds
    • Administration and Management of the island
    • Free component
    • For this free component, participants are invited to reflect on how the public space could promote interaction and openness between people of different origins.

    In addition Participants are invited to think of:

    • The interaction of their design with the immediate environment.
    • The point of articulation of the island and the construction project of the bridge linking Africa and Europe.

    Output and deliveries:

    • The Development Master Plan ech 1:500e
    • Elevations and Cups showing the planning of the island in its environment.
    • 01 General Perspective and 05 Sequential Perspectives
  • 2 - Civil engineering competition

    Main objective

    Provide knowledge of decision-making assistance on the feasibility of constructing artificial islands between Tunisia and Italy through good information on techniques and means.

    Specific objectives

    Prepare a detailed bibliographical review on the typology of the different existing artificial islands (embankment islands, polder islands, pillar islands, floating islands, caisson islands, others);

    Present and discuss building materials that can be used in the construction of artificial islands

    Discuss the elements of the marine environment that condition the construction of artificial islands (sea water, tides, winds, currents, swell, waves, tsunamis, seabed, etc.)

    Emphasize the economic and environmental aspects of the construction of artificial islands. Develop a comparative matrix between the types of islands presented based on the technical, economic and environmental aspects discussed.

  • 3 - Energy engineering competition

    The first objective is to evaluate the energy required to produce the annual electricity consumption and thus to make each eco-island housing unit self-sufficient in electricity, which includes the above-mentioned components related to the premises of expression, accommodation and public spaces.

    It is also necessary to determine the needs of the island in terms of water from the desalination of seawater and the use of storage and return of rainwater.

    A comparative study of solar photovoltaics, wind power and wave power is necessary, taking into account the geographical characteristics of the region (number of hours of sunshine, wind speed during the months of the year, Height and wave period).

    The other objective is to evaluate the viability of the project by conducting the economic evaluation and bringing it closer to the energy budget to assess the return on investment (taking into account the technology used and its impact on the environment).

    Validation of these objectives will be achieved for each of the island's components by:

    • - Assessment of average annual electricity consumption;
    • - Assessment of the energy budget according to energy consumption
    • - Assessment of the number of photovoltaic panels required;
    • - Economic evaluation;

    The comparison between the economic evaluation and the energy budget to determine the times of return on investment



and launch
of the Competition

19 September 2017

for submission
of projects

October 31, 2018

of the Juries

November 30, 2018

of results

December 2018

of projects
and Spring School in Italy.

March 2019


This competition program for the TUNeIT project is open to students and young graduates from all over the world. Young graduates must be up to 30 years of age in 2017.







In addition to a first, second and third prize, a certain number of mentions will be awarded, at the discretion of the Jury.

First prize

Second prize

Third prize


The first prize will also receive an allowance to participate in the summer school which will take place in 2018 in Italy.

The award-winning projects will be exhibited on this occasion and will serve as a training support during the summer school's work