Register: NOV/14/2018, Submit: NOV/21/2018, Eligibility: Professional designers, students, design enthusiasts; individually, teams up to 3 members, Fee: Free, Awards: Winner 30,000 CNY (Chinese Yuan Renminbi) (about 4,360 USD) (pre-tax) + construction; Top 3: 2 prizes 10,000 CNY (about 1,453 USD) (pre-tax) each + construction; People’s Choice Award; Top 100
Frontier here means pioneering spirit and revolutionary awareness brought by this new era which is a gift for young designers, and at the same time, they shoulder the duties to boost the evolution of spaces. An energetic and innovative design is more than imagination. It shall be feasible, meaningful, and on the frontier, viz. ground-breaking. An ambitious and practical designer is able to show the power of the age and esthetics. Therefore, On the Frontier competition series launched by Young Bird Plan and Dong Peng (China) is planned to solve the most urgent problems in an innovative way. The first task is to devise a public toilet concerning for people’s basic needs and respecting of local features and culture.
Subtle changes always lead to bigresults. The process of urban regeneration cannot be advanced without concerning small facets. A quality toilet, the most private area in public place, willusher in a revolution of public spaces. Based on that, Dong Peng and Young Bird Plan launch “On the Frontier” public toilet competition, aiming to consolidate brand awareness and the site’s position in the city, and find an innovative, cutting-edge, practicable approach to reform rural public spaces, by connecting industry, brand, local culture and context.
In our daily life, one person needs to use the bathroom 6 to 8 times per day on average, spending 4% of the time one day in it. During an 80-year lifespan, one person totally takes 3 years in this private place. Hence, if a toilet with 6 to 8 year life cycles serves 80 people per day, the whole time users spend in it will amount to 3 years.
The same underlying logic is also applicable to public spaces. In large-scale ruralareas, public toilets tend to be significant nodes, telling the status of local development. Compared with other public spaces with different functions incities and villages, public toilets meet the basic needs of people, and are familiar to everyone.
Then, how can public toilets respond to spatial development and be ahead of counterparts in quality?
According to spatial cognition theory, the first impression of a space is determined by colors and textures. This competition challenges contestants to reasonably utilize brand-related materials and bathroom products, and improve the spatial quality of public toilet in rural areas.
Dong Peng, the co-organizer, seeks human-centered and innovative entries in this competition. The two elements arevery important because they are the main parts of its brand philosophy. As aleading brand providing integrated solutions to bathroom, Dong Peng has developed a series of pioneering products on the basis of science, technique, and life. Its products are intelligent, user-centered, healthy, energy-saving andeco-friendly. Therefore, contestants are expected to solve the current problemsof public toilets in an objective and creative way, optimize the use oftechniques and products, and integrate them into peoples’ life.
Yongchuan, a district of western Chongqing, China, is located by the north side of upper reach of Yangtze River. Recordof Yongchuan County wrote in the Guangxu Period, logs that Yongchuan is named for its geographic features. Three rivers converge on this place, appearing to be the Chinese character Yong in seal script. This district has a moderateclimate and flat lands with 46.5% of forest cover. The percentage of days with good air quality reaches 94.5%. Those treasured natural resources will be conducive for entrants to devise their schemes.
This competition challenges creative minds toselect one of the sites (located in Songgai Town and Zhutuo Town, YongchuanDistrict) provided in the site description, and design a public toilet.
Entrants are required to think out of the box and design a 30 to 70 square meters public toilet without height limitation in Yongchuan District, based on hygienic, convenient, safe and energy-saving principles. The public toliet should consist of male toilets, women toilets, unisex toilets and management room. Besides, management room is for cleaning and management. This user-centered toilet should speak for local culture, serving as a building icon that harmonizes with surrounding landscape.
Designers are also required to choose materials or products provided by Dong Peng Group, the co-organizer of this competition.