Register: SEP/30/2018, Submit: OCT/07/2018, Eligibility: Professional designers, students, design enthusiasts; individually, teams up to 3 members, Fee: Free, Awards: Winner 100,000 CNY (Chinese Yuan Renminbi) (about 14,650 USD) (pre-tax); Top 3: 2 prizes 20,000 CNY (about 2,930 USD) each (pre-tax); Top 10: 10 winners 10,000 CNY (about 1,465 USD) each (pre-tax) + 80,000 CNY (about 11,720 USD) each to design a sculpture installation of interactive landscape; People’s Choice Award; Top 100
The competition aims to maximize innovation in an international vision and utilize site resources creatively in order to tap its potential to the full. By designing a slow traffic system, we hope to transform the region of Dayang Mountain (China) into a melting pot for slow walking in the city which may also strengthen the connection among various functional districts, decrease a sense of isolation between Dayang Mountain and other districts, satisfy the spatial demands of citizens and improve people’s living standards. Existing problems and urban spatial quality should be fully considered and closely connected during the design. Designers have to ensure their schemes are reasonable and practical. Schemes are expected to improve urban quality and further promote brand image of Dayang Mountain. Your design shall optimize the comprehensive spatial quality in the city and strengthen its competitiveness.
Suzhou Dayang Mountain National Forest Park, the site, is located in Xushuguan Economic and Technological Development, Suzhou New District. It stretches from Taihu Avenue on the south side, Xingxian Road on the north, Lake Taihu on the west, and Yangshan Ring Road on the east. 10 kilometers from downtown Suzhou, the site covers an area of 2000 hectares with 1002 hectares area covered by forest. That’s the reason it gains a reputation as “Green lung for the city”. The park also features various tourist attractions, including Wenshu Temple and Moya Stone Carving, providing abundant and enjoyable experience for all walkers.
This competition challenges creative minds to envision a slow traffic system within the Dayang Mountain National Forest Park and its eastern neighborhood until Jian Lin Road. The site contains a mix of residential, commercial, and tourism uses. These places need to be integrated and energized by a scheme, in order to elevate the qualities of spaces and people’s life, strengthen the connections between different functions, and uncover the potential values of local area.
This competition aims to improve spatial connectivity and qualities based on different users’ practical needs for better life, environment and culture. It seeks creative and suitable schemes that carefully consider people’s daily demands and habits, solve hidden problems ahead, create livable places, and explore new approaches to achieving the functional integration of different areas, including tourist attractions, residential and commercial areas.
This competition invites global designers to creatively utilize the local resources and further draw out the site’s potential, by a slow traffic system. It also shall be able to satisfy multiple needs for urban spaces, and be conducive to the quality of people’s life and even the whole city. What’s more, the scheme needs to be helpful to enhance the competitiveness of local spaces on a reasonable and practicable basis.
A 48-year-old male office worker: lives in high-end apartment of Vanke; works over 14 hours per day with high efficiency; concerns about life quality and self health; has a high standard towards food and drinks and other domestic trivia; prefers jogging at night to keep fit and walking at weekends; participates in cross-country races and outdoor activities regularly.
A 60-year-old fruit farmer: lives and farms in Shushan Village of Dayang Mountain; mainly sells seasonal fruits like apples and pears; a group of fruit farmers work together to further expand their products system and even expect to develop into an industry; convenient traffic is expected to attract tourists and local people which may improve the sales while strengthen its promotion.
A 32-year-old cycling fanatic: lives in Suzhou; rides regularly; makes friends with many cycling fanatics and organizes cycling activities at weekends; has a high standard for riding route with flat path and fresh air; appropriate distance should be designed between cycling space and walking space; the more cycling routes the better (routines going around the mountain, mountainous routine and combined cycling routes); hopes to enjoy the landscape along the routine and experiences the great charm of the nature.
A family of three: lives in the nearby city (driving distance: 1.5h-2h); expect to have a short-term tourism at weekends; hopes to enjoy convenient travelling while experience natural life; the slow traffic system is expected to integrate abundant tourism resources, meanwhile, roads for non-motor vehicles should ensure safety for children. There are many hot tourist attractions nearby like Suzhou Amusement Land, Forest Waterworld, Ever-joy Hop Spring, Tree Hill Eco-village, Botanical Garden and Wenshu Temple.