UIA-HYP Cup International Student Competition in Architectural Design

UIA-HYP Cup International Student Competition in Architectural Design


UIA-HYP Cup International Student Competition in Architectural Design

UIA-HYP-Cup-2024-Poster.jpg UIA-HYP Cup International Student Competition in Architectural Design

1 Background
“UIA-HYP Cup International Student Competition in Architectural Design” was initiated in 2012. It is internationally sponsored by the Union Internationaldes Architects (UIA), organized by the School of Architecture, Tianjin University and Urban Environment Design (UED) Magazine. Shanghai HYP-ARCH Architectural Design Consultant Co. Ltd. is the Exclusive Naming Sponsor. It is an annual architectural competition which has been successfully held for 12 editions. Each year, the UIA-HYP Cup is chaired by an internationally renowned architectural master, and the jury panel is selected from among the world’s most outstanding architects and deans from schools of architecture.

To boost the architectural education which mainly focuses on basic skill training in its conventional and progressive system, UIA-HYP Cup International Student Competition takes the role as an external platform for student to embrace a brand-new thinking approach in order to improve their comprehensive problem-solving skill, meanwhile it is also some kind of headhunter for discovering emerging elite architects.

2 Topic

Spatial Restructuring: Reestablishing Urban Density

3 Interpretation

China’s urban development has entered an important period of comprehensive urban renewal, and urban construction has shifted from large-scale incremental construction to equal emphasis on improvement of existing buildings and structural adjustment of the newly built ones. This decision of the government clearly indicates the end of the urban development stage of large-scale demolition and construction, and is also a timely correction. The development model of Chinese cities in the past thirty years is a typical suburban expansion model in Europe and America. On one hand, this rough model contains serious social problems that may erupt in the future, and on the other hand, it causes destructive damage to traditional urban texture, density, and culture accumulated over thousands of years in various parts of China. Therefore, it is necessary to make the decision-makers in cities across the country realize that urban and rural renewal is not a development strategy that cities and towns have to adopt due to limited lands for construction, but a necessary path to rebuild China’s own urban culture and promote true urban cultural revival. The premise of this understanding is a sense of crisis towards the collapse of Chinese urban culture.

However, it is almost impossible to simply preserve the original state, whether considering the cost of updating or the protection of texture and density of the city. For example, is it possible to make a breakthrough in development intensity and to what extent? How to balance the conflict between protection and development in the context of severe financial burden on cities and towns? If the protection of urban and rural texture is an unbreakable bottom line, how can we solve the inconvenience of construction caused by the dense and fragmented plots/streets in historical urban areas and towns? The high density of buildings in historical urban areas and towns has formed a unique atmosphere and popularity. How to solve the conflict between the existing standards on urban planning, building & fire safety and this situation? How to define what needs protection? From the perspective of protecting cultural memory and lifestyle, the protection scope of urban and rural renewal will definitely break through the protection scope of historical buildings.

How to define this scope specifically? Updating means construction, and in order to balance funds, it often means increasing the intensity of construction. Should this construction comply with regulations for historical buildings or for new buildings? How to achieve ecological block construction in high-density neighborhoods? If urban popularity and service industry require sufficient density, how can high-density neighborhoods achieve maximum openness with a large number of residential functions? These are the basic issues that architectural renewal design must consider from the beginning. If the bottom line requirement for urban renewal is to adhere to the principle of “retaining, renovating, and demolishing,” with a focus on preservation, reuse and improvement, encouraging small-scale and gradual organic renewal and micro renovation, paying attention to ecological restoration, and preventing large-scale demolition and construction, then, the next step in China’s urban and rural planning and construction would be a total shift, a shift towards urban and rural renewal, which means that the existing design institutes’ work models (short-term design, rapid project, large team, unified planning, one-time design, excessive commercialization and routine) will become completely ineffective. Architects need to re imagine a design approach that combines the dual standards and depth of urban planning and architectural design.

Choose a 500X500m block in a high-density old urban area in your city, and try to redesign it based on the premise that the texture and density of the urban road network cannot be changed. Communicate fully with local residents, carefully consider what shall be “retained, renovated, or demolished,” and try to reconstruct an open, eco-friendly block that combines residential functions and service industries for a given population of 5,000 people. At the beginning of your design, consider what shall be appropriate implementation strategies and ways of construction. It should be a state where urban memories are still preserved.

4 Requirement

Reporting form:Three A1 boards. There is no limit to the format of the boards. Make your projects arresting, refreshing, intriguing and engaging.Plans, sections, elevations and renderings can be used when needed.A video no longer than 2:00 minutes.· The video is not allowed to show personally identifiable information.· Axonometric drawings, plans, sections, and renderings are expected.·

It is recommended to pay attention to the concept of green environmental protection and the utilization of new energy, and encouraged to use new technologies and methods for data collection, analysis, and visual expression.· Cited data on the existing context is strongly encouraged.·If AI tools are used to generate drawings and videos, contestants are requested to clearly label them.· Your submission must be subtitled in English.

5 Competition description:

This is a fair competition open to all architecture and relevant major students around the globe. Full-time on-campus architecture students from accredited institutions (including master and PhD candidates and graduate students of 2024) can participate alone or as a team with team members of no more than four people who shall not be from more than 2 different universities or colleges and the source of the project must be the registered university. In addition, the advisors—who must be university or college teachers—of no more than two.If the above rules are not followed, the results of the competition and the corresponding prizes will be cancelled after winning.

The UIA-HYP Cup is the sole UIA sponsored international student competition held annually on mainland China. The competition is reflecting on the issues existing in the process of urban-rural and architectural evolution, and responding to the era we live in. It is aimed to drive high-quality urban-rural development with design and it strives to gather the wisdom of young architects from all over the world to provide urban-rural quality solutions for the places seeking development. This year, we are honored to have Mr. Wang Shu (2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner) to be the jury chairman and the competition topic is “Spatial Restructuring – Reestablishing Urban Density”.

Union International des Architectes (UIA), School of Architecture, Tianjin University, School of Architecture, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Urban Environment Design (UED) Magazine

Link to Registration form

1st Prize (1 team) :Certificate and 100,000 RMB (around 13,700USD, before tax);
2nd Prize (3 teams) :Certificate and 30,000 RMB (around 4,100USD, before tax);
3rd Prize (6 teams) :Certificate and 10,000 RMB (around 1,370USD, before tax);
Honorable Mentions (several teams):
Certificate;Advisors of prize-winning projects will also be awarded with certificates.

Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)

We welcome students majoring in architecture or related majors certified by the Ministry of Education, including full-time undergraduates, master’s students (including full-time postgraduates, and part-time postgraduates after 2022), full-time doctoral students, and students graduating in 2024. You can participate in the competition individually or in teams (no more than 4 members in each team, and the members shall belong to no more than two universities/colleges). Proposals shall be submitted on behalf of the universities/colleges. Tutors must be in-service teachers in universities/colleges, and no more than 2 for each team.

Registration Opens April 28, 2024
Registration Closes September 20, 2024
Deadline to Submit Project October 10, 2024
Winners announcement Date November 30, 2024

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