The China Building Centre Group has launched an international competition for a series of installations to regenerate the disused village of Dongjingyu near Beijing
Open to teams of landscape architects, planners, architects and artists, the ‘Ruins Rebirth’ contest seeks proposals for a range of sensitive interventions aimed at boosting tourism to the mountainous area.
The historic site, around one hour’s drive from Beijing International Airport, is expected to draw tourists from the capital and bring new business and leisure opportunities to the wider Tianjin province.
According to the brief: ‘As a point of departure for Dongjingyu Village’s regeneration masterplan, this competition seeks to respond to the rural revival movement across China and explore the local culture and charm of the village.
‘It is hoped that with sustained efforts of landscape and cultural intervention, the village will be transformed into a picturesque locus engaging a vibrant and diverse community, which will also contribute to the country’s rural revival and development of a new rural society.’
The ancient agricultural settlement was founded in mid-Ming Dynasty, but abandoned in the 1980s due to its inaccessibility and lack of fresh water and electricity.
Families relocated to nearby Taohuayuan having salvaged wood, stone and roof tiles from the ancient buildings and leaving the village in ruins.
The project is backed by Yuyang Township Government and Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute, and aims to harness art and design to preserve the ancient settlement.
Proposals should address themes of preservation, symbiosis, feasibility and ecology while also reflecting environmental awareness and a genuine understanding of organic, low-carbon and sustainable construction.
Concepts may harness low cost and suitable materials but new technologies such as virtual reality could also be included.
Schemes will be judged on their design quality, aesthetics, respect to the site, feasibility of construction and cultural, tourism and economic benefits.
Judges include landscape architect Jürgen Weidinger, Tsinghua University professor Yufan Zhu and Jingtao Huang of the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute.
The winning team – set to be announced in November – will receive around £11,350 and two second place teams will receive £5,700 each.
Five third place prizes – worth £3,400 each – and 10 honourable mentions will also be awarded.
The deadline for applications is 20 October.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information