The Suqian Municipal Government has announced an international contest for a series of site-specific installations in the north-west quarter of the Chinese city
Open to all architects, designers, artist and students, the competition seeks proposals for new urban icons, sculptures, landscape art, buildings, installations of any size or budget.
A selection of the winning schemes will be constructed within the Shanshui Green Corridor and NaTian Flower Farm (pictured) which both overlook the city’s dramatic Luoma Lake. Proposals may occupy any position within either site.
According to the brief: ‘The prime contest site location is a great opportunity for designers to imagine a city of the future based on ecological principles. Suqian, like many Chinese cities, is facing a new era of development with new ideas of urban regeneration, landscape preservation and sustainable development.
‘The site is a unique landscape that every year manifests the beauty of nature with its impressive colours and an explosion of biodiversity. And that’s why rethinking how the city can extend the benefits of the beauty of that phenomena, and integrating all the natural cycles within urban life, is a challenge from which many cities can learn.’
Suqian is a rapidly developing prefecture-level city in northern Jiangsu. The NaTian Flower Farm is connected to Luoma Lake via the Shantaishan Forest Park and Shanshui Green Corridor.
Proposals for the new interventions must be iconic, creative, sustainable, practical and respect local history, culture and the natural environment. Submissions may feature a building, landscape intervention, sculpture or functional space such as a café, pavilion or information centre.
The overall winner will receive a £45,000 prize while three second place prizes worth £11,000 and five third place prizes worth £4,500 will also be awarded. A selection of prize winners will also receive a design fee to deliver their scheme in the city.
The registration deadline is 20 August and submissions must be completed by 15 September.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
Inside-out Architect and Artist Colony
50 Xingshikou Lu
Post Code: 100195