HYP Cup 2015 International Student Competition

TOPIC OF COMPETITION - Transformation, Place, Tradition and Modernism in Conceptual Unity and Diversity

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Students, Single-Stage , Onymous
Genre Urban
Country Beijing, China
RegDeadline 30 June 2015 GoogleCal iCal
31 August 2015 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility Full-time on-campus architecture students from accredited institutions (including graduate students and PhD candidates)

How do we create architecture that corresponds to the term "transformation" in a comprehensive, rather than one-dimensional sense? When designing spaces and forms, what are the roles played by a place and its geographic location, and by tradition and modernism in architecture? What influence do the characteristics of typological multiplicity determined by the respective function have on the unity of an ensemble?
Architecture is a form of art bearing social responsibilities. The topic of 2015 UIA-HYP Cup proposed by Meinhard von Gerkan confronts the fundamental challenges of our time, society and architecture profession. Participants are expected to draw from their own experiences regarding the function and characters of campus buildings and design an campus architecture with a vision for the future. The projects should reflect the current state of science and adopt a contemporary style while being rooted in local culture in their specific conceptual expression, and taking into consideration the climatic, topographic and landscape conditions of the site. Participants have the option to place the design on the fictitious sites in northern or southern China proposed by Mr. von Gerkan or choose his or her own site.
In this context, the themes of "adopting a contemporary pattern language, the building culture, diversity in unity" play a key role. The project is not about designing a high-tech building with all the technical facilities available today but dressed in local costume. Instead, the direct and tangible experiences that have their roots in the regional culture and factors relating to climate conditions should become the starting point of a more in-depth analysis.

Meinhard von Gerkan, Founding partner of von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp)
Cui Kai, UIA Representative; Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Chinese Architecture Design Master
Hani Rashid, Co-founder of Asymptote Architecture
Li Zhenyu, Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University
Vicente Guallart Furio, Chief architect of the City of Barcelona; Founder of Guallart Architects and Institute of Advanced Architecture in Catalunya (IAAC)
Wang Jianguo, Director of National College Education Architecture Professional Tuition Committee; Director of Southeast University Urban Planning Institute
James Steele, Architecture Theorist; Professor of University of Southern California (USC); Member of the UNESCO Scientific Committee
Huang Shengyuan, Principal of Fieldoffice Architects and Field School
Hernan Diaz Alonso, Graduate Programs Chair at SCI-Arc, Principal and Founder of Xefirotarch
Hubert Klumpner, Dean of Department of Architecture, Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich; Director of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) in Caracas
Peng Lixiao, Chief Editor of Urban Environment Design (UED) Magazine; Guest Professor of the School of Architecture, Tianjin University
Gong Jun, Executive Director, General Manager and Design Director of HYP Architectural Design Consultants, Inc.

1st Prize (1 team): Certificate and 100,000 RMB (around 15,000 USD) (before tax)
2nd Prize (3 teams): Certificate and 30,000 RMB (around 5,000 USD) (before tax)
3rd Prize (8 teams): Certificate and 10,000 RMB (around 1,700 USD) (before tax)
Honorable Mentions (20 teams): Certificate and 6-month free subscription of UED magazines;
Prize winners will have an opportunity to intern at prestigious architectural firms through the "Learning Design with Master Architects" program.

Entry Fee

3 drawings (841mm x594mm)

Results Announced: September 2015

Past winners

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

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