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article imageCosta Concordia contest unsanctioned by Giglio Island or company

By Marcus Hondro     Sep 5, 2012 in World
Catania - A contest from an architectural research group at Italy's Università degli Studi di Catania seeks creative things to do with the partially submerged Costa Concordia. However, the island the ship sits 300 meters from won't be listening to the winner
The Italian news agency, ANSA, upon hearing of the contest to find the best idea of what to do with the ship, contacted the mayor of Giglio and discovered the research group is conducting the contest on its own and results won't be implemented. "Giglio Island has no need for any ideas contest on the future of its landscape," Mayor Sergio Ortelli told ANSA.
ICSplat is a research 'platform' at the Università degli Studi di Catania (Univ. of Catania) in Sicily - one of the world's oldest universities - that focuses on landscape and new forms of architecture. The deadline for submission is Sept. 25. The website for ICSplat says that the competition "has the aim of stimulating new future visions for the Giglio Island and the shipwreck, which will become as part of the same landscape and with the same identity."
Lori Nix is a New York photographer who often works with "unnatural disasters" and is a part of the judging panel and offers up suggestions as to what the contest is looking for. "This ship could offer the same benefit to marine life in addition to providing a destination for adventurous divers," Nix writers on the ICSplat website. "Above the waterline, they could introduce indigenous plants and other native species of bird and small animal to create a new habitat."
Costa Concordia to be refloated
The 114,500 ton Italian cruise liner went down on Jan. 13 with the loss of 32 passengers and crew after hitting a reef; it is alleged the captain, Francesco Schettino, who awaits a trial on multiple charges as a result of the disaster, ordered the ship too close to shore. The ship is being refloated by the American company Titan Salvage and Italian company, Micoperi. They have been contracted by the ship's owner to tow it to a port where it will be stripped for parts and scrapped; the operation should take until spring to complete.
The ICSplat contest does not address the fact that the island would seem to have no intention to implement the winner's vision. The ship's owner, Costa Cruises is not involved in the contest.
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