Register: MAY/25/2018, Submit: MAY/30/2018, Eligibility: Designers, students, design enthusiasts; individually, teams up to 2 members, Fee: Free, Awards: Winner 30,000 CNY (Chinese Yuan Renminbi) (about 4,730 USD) (pre-tax); each of the 4 Winners 10,000 CNY (about 1,580 USD) (pre-tax)
One of the main criteria to assess the degree of a city or a village’s civilization is the condition of local toilets. Since 2015, Chinese “Toilet revolution” has spread from tourist attractions to the whole nation, from the cities to the rural area, setting a shining example of positive contributions to developing a beautiful and healthy country. But more efforts still need to be put into this massive undertaking due to our vast territory. Hence, in response to the appeal of “Toilet revolution”, Suichang People’s Government, Young Bird Plan and LeLiving launch 2018 Suichang “Neo-Toilet” International Design Competition, with the aim of making contributions to livelihood projects. This competition is committed to boosting the development of tourism and revitalizing villages in this new age by focusing on the small facet of our life. The schemes of Top 5 finalists will be modified and constructed under the charge of the co-organizer, LeLiving and organizer, Suichang People’s Government.
This project is located in Suichang, Zhejiang Province. Known as “a retreat away from the modern world”, Suichang is a beautiful county with 1,800-year history surrounded by mountains. In the late Tang Dynasty, Monk Guan Xiu had dwelled in Suichang Tangshan in seclusion and peace for over 14 years, painting pictures of 16 arhats. During 1593-1598, this poetic place saw Tang Xianzu, a master in literature and drama, penned the most memorable jewel, The Peony Pavilion. It boasts charming landscape, rich resources and various attractions, such as Suichang Gold Mine National Mine Park, Nanjian Rock, Qianfo Mountain, Shenlong Valley, Hongxingping Hot Spring, Zhutan Museum, Baima Mountain and Jiulong Mountain.
A diversity of culture merge in Suichang, including Haochuan Culture, Tang Xianzu Culture, Red Culture and Folk Culture. Backed by the advantaged nature resources and cultural background, Suichang adheres to the principle of green development, the strategy of building county of tourism and leisure in Yangtze River Delta. It has already invented a tourism-centered path and integrated various industries, establishing its eco-friendly brand image and reputation.
This village had been descended into a backward area with only some ten households of the elderly because young people out-migrated for work. In June 2017, Suichang government initiated this project in collaboration with LeLiving. By renovating disused houses and local industries, this attempt is conducive to increase local job opportunities and motivate villagers to take part in the rural development. At length, as an illuminating example of poverty alleviation, cultural and environmental protection, it will help people rediscover the unspoiled beauty in the rural area whilst improving the quality of local life.
This design competition launched by Suichang County is an attempt to ignite the transformation of regional cultural tourism. Toilet is the cornerstone of urban and rural civilization. As a landscape decorated in the picturesque setting and a nice surprise for visitors, a new toilet will improve local tourist environment and subtly elevate the quality of villagers’ life. What’s more, it will be a mirror of LeLiving Villa’s poetic scenery, rural-living concepts and knightly spirits.