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The international competition on urban planning for the new Cornaredo district (NQC) wishes to offer a moment of reflection on the search for innovative solutions to the development of a new "gateway" for the city of Lugano in an area with great development potential.

In 2008, a new road tunnel in the north of the city will link the centre of Lugano with the motorway. In addition to the 3km-long tunnel, other transport management measures are also planned, including a large intermodal node with park-and-ride facilities for commuters.

The agglomeration of Lugano is one of the most important urban and economic centres in Switzerland. The aim of this international competition is to find urban planning solutions for the one million square metres of the NQC, which will prove attractive for both users and investors. The winning entry should integrate the functional requirements of mobility with the formal aspects of qualitative urban development.