urban design competition

Future ShanShui City • Dwellings in Lishui Mountains International Urban Design Competition

Submission: July 20, 2020
Registration: July 20, 2020
Language: English, Chinese
Location: Lishui City, Zhejiang Province,China
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


As an important birthplace and practical realization of the concept of “Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets”, Lishui has assumed the responsibility of exploring the construction of contemporary ShanShui cities. With this background in mind, we hope to build upon Lishui’s status as a “traditional Chinese ShanShui city” to organically combine the spirit of Chinese ShanShui together with contemporary waterfront urban development concepts. The goal is to methodically construct a Shanshui city spatial framework in order to set a model image for this city typology, to create a new ShanShui city lifestyle, and to explore contemporary, sustainable urban planning strategies.

Project Content
This competition includes ➀ Conceptual Overall Urban Design ➁ Detailed Urban Design:

➀ At the conceptual overall urban design level, the overall scope is “Dwellings in Lishui Mountains”. Taking the Ou River as the axis, the central city of Liandu, Bihu Town and Dagangtou Town are connected in a series with an overall area of 152 square kilometers. It is necessary to apply the development concepts of a contemporary ShanShui city to research into the symbiotic relationship between landscape and city and to emphasize the spatial model of “Dwellings in Lishui Mountains”. At a macro level, it is also necessary to comprehensively study the spatial layout, implementation of spatial guidelines, and construction of a Shan-Shui lifestyle to propose an implementation plan.

➁ At the detailed urban design level, the scope includes urban central core areas + other regional key parcels. Among these sites, the 4 key plots in the core areas are Wind of Kuocang Mountain, Ancient City Heritage, Rhyme of Sidu, and Guyan Painting Countryside, totaling 5.1 square kilometers. Other key plots in the region are the Portal of Shan-Shui, Ode of Baiyan, Lishui Smart Valley, the Colorful Jiulong, and Bihu Farming and Learning. One plot will be randomly selected by each contestant by drawing lots through a lottery system. (Please refer to the technical brief for work requirements)

First Prize
1 First Prize,award RMB 3,000,000 (incl. GST)

Second Prize
1 Second Prize, award RMB 1,500,000 (incl. GST)

Third Prize
1 Third Prize, award RMB 800,000 (incl. GST)

Finalist Award
Each of the shortlisted institutions that submitted qualified deliverables but did not place in the top 3 will receive a design compensation fee of RMB 500,000 (incl. GST).

Most Popular Award
A public vote will be conducted on the submitted works of the 10 finalists. The highest voted work will receive the Most Popular Award and a special prize will be awarded by the organizer.

Most Creative Award
In order to encourage innovation, 30 innovative conceptual proposals that fail to be shortlisted for stage two will be awarded “Creative Future ShanShui City Proposal Awards” and will be awarded certificate and a special prize awarded by the organizer.

First Stage:
Open registration, qualification review, and proposal selection stage
2020.04.13   Pre-announcement
2020.05.20   Official Announcement
2020.06.18(tentative)   Competition Launch Conference and Lishui City Promotion Conference(Shanghai)
2020.07.20   Registration deadline, Competition concept proposal and prequalification submission deadline
2020.07.24   Competition concept proposal and prequalification review meeting (Lishui) Determine 10 shortlists to enter the formal scheme stage
2020.07.25    Announce 10 shortlist members, Shortlist members sign the “Participation Confirmation Letter”, Organizer provides detailed basic design information

Second Stage:
Formal scheme stage, finalists’ scheme submission and competition review stage
2020.08.03(tentative)   Competition site visit(Lishui)
2020.10.11    Deliverables submission deadline (electronic version)
2020.10.13    Submit deliverables (hardcopy) and on-site presentation order lottery (Lishui)
2020.10.14-15   Final outcomes review session (Lishui)
2020.10.16   Award ceremony and city forum (Lishui)

Note: The above time is subject to Beijing time, the organizer reserves the right to adjust the schedule.

Open registration and qualification review and proposal selection stage
Participants should register and login the official website and download the related documents:
www.lishuicompetition.com, and submit registration materials and conceptual proposals as required by the brief. The jury will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of all submissions and will select 10 proposals to shortlist for Stage Two.

The formal scheme stage and the finalists’ scheme submission and competition review stage
The organizer will coordinate the 10 shortlist members to conduct on-site surveys, answer questions, and select project sites. The 10 members will submit final design documents in accordance with the requirements on the “Technical Brief”, and first, second and third prizes will be selected. (For detailed deliverables, material submission instructions, assessment methods and procedures, please refer to “Future Shan-Shui City • Dwellings in Lishui Mountains International Urban Design Competition Technical Brief”)

During open registration, contestants (independent legal persons, partnerships, and individuals) with relevant domestic and foreign design experience are allowed to participate. Joint venture (JV) registration is allowed, with the number of members of the JV not exceeding three. Members of a JV can no longer participate in this competition under their own name or under a JV with other design agencies.

Register & Submit
Registration Information:
Please visit the competition official website to register:

Open Registration Stage:
Double-side print and bind your registration materials in A4 size and submit 5 hardcopies (with the official seal, if it is a joint venture, the registration materials must have official seal or signature from every member). All documents should be sealed in a packaging bag indicating “Future ShanShui City Dwellings in Lishui Mountains International Urban Design Competition” and “Participant Name” on the packaging bag. The packaging bag must remain sealed.

Please mail or deliver to the following address before 16:00, 20 July 2020:
Office 1816, Lishui Municipal People’s Government (No.1 Huayuan Road, Liandu District)
To Dwellings in Lishui Mountains Project Planning and Construction Leading Group Office
Ms. Li +86 156 1826 5030 (mobile)
Ms. Ji +86 183 5786 3927 (mobile)
Ms. Ji +86 0578-2091842 (telephone)
Postcode: 323000,
please also send the electronic files of the registration documents to the following email:

The registration materials are subject to the hardcopy version finally received. Registration materials received after the deadline will be invalid.

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In compliance with the “Contract Law of the People’s Republic of China”, “Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China” and related laws and regulations, all participants who have actively participated in this contest have already made the following irrevocable declaration of the copyright ownership of the submitted works:
1. The submitted works must be original works of the contestants, and cannot infringe any patent rights, copyrights, trademark rights and other legal intellectual property rights of any third-party individuals and units. Once the non-original work is verified, the organizer has the right to immediately cancel its qualifications for participation, shortlisting and awards, withdraw the funds and materials and retain the right to pursue legal liabilities. If the organizer is sued or has other losses due to above issues, the organizer has the right to request the participant to make full compensation. If the organizer made compensation in advance, the organizer has the right to recover all direct and indirect losses from the contestant.
2. The entries should not been published in other media, not applied for patents or registered for copyright, not participated in other competitions, and not entered commercial channels in any form.
3. Except for the right of authorship, all the other copyrights of the shortlisted works belong to the competition organizer.
4. Participants who submit their registration materials and entries agree with the assessment method determined by the competition. Participants have carefully read all the terms before submitting their works, fully understand and agree that the jury of this competition has the final decision on the selection of all winning works.

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