Urban competitiveness largely depends on the creation and regeneration of its public space these days, while public space is no longer restricted by simple and functional concept of connectivity, which has evolved into a multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary experience field that can reflect urban life. In this context, “Kaizhou New City International Young Designer Competition” takes ecological environment as the core, with an emphasis on the quality of life, we aim to start a global discussion regarding the core values of public space.
The competition site is Kaizhou New City in Deyang City, Sichuan Province, which contains both regional characteristics and potentials in development. Taking the actual environment of Kaizhou New City as the carrier, it is open to young designers, artists, teachers and students in school, as well as inter-professional and interdisciplinary practitioners (all under 40 years old) specializing on planning, architecture, landscape and art design at home and abroad, aiming to collect creative urban space design schemes and corresponding operation concepts. The competition encourages participants to select their own angles and conduct spontaneous research within the design scope. The topic and function are self-determined, while it needs to respond to current situation of the site, showing reasonable consideration on the practicability. The entries will be possibly put into operation based on decisions made by local government with specific implementation.
“Kaizhou New City International Young Designer Competition” is not only an exploration to improve quality of urban public spaces, but also an exploration to find approaches of originality and artistic creativity. Taking the Central Park as the carrier as well as the reserved development plots and Renmin Canal as the design area, it is a good opportunity to rethink and look forward to future of the city from the ecological perspective.
The competition takes on a micro approach and small-scale intervention to a specific site directly, rather than the overall layout and macro strategy of Kaizhou New City. Meanwhile, it places an equal emphasis on design and social perspectives. With the design of urban structures to stimulate the city’s vitality through urban renewal/repair functions, smart health or sports facilities, intelligent urban furniture, interactive art installations, intelligent lighting and way-finding systems, competitors are also required to put forward corresponding operation concepts in later phases, propose new perspectives, new stages and new focus to enrich the daily life, in hopes of finally achieving the goal of livable city and natural harmony.
Kaizhou New City, located in the east of Deyang City, Sichuan Province, covers two towns which are Jiqing and Xinglong, with administrative area of 200 square kilometers. A starting area of Kaizhou New City is 5.97 square kilometers and the planned construction area will be 49 square kilometers in 2035. The New City is 64 kilometers away from urban area of Chengdu and located within the scope of Chengdu Economic Zone of Ring Highway (SA3). Through Jinjianhuang and Jinjianren expressways, it can reach Tianfu International Airport within 1 hour. The New City is completely placed in concept sequence of “Greater Chengdu” at geographical environment level, which has equipped the hardware basis for coordinated development with Chengdu and defined as the bridgehead for Deyang to be integrated into development axis of Chengdu-Chongqing Urban Agglomeration.
Sponsor: Kaizhou New City Management Committee of Deyang City
Organizer: Deyang Kaizhou Investment Development Co., Ltd.; CBC(China Building Centre)
Academic Support：International Urban and Rural Innovation & Development Research Center
Media Support: Urban Environment Design (UED) Magazine
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