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‘Beyond YUE|Jianhu Revival’ – Shaoxing Jianhu Planning and Design Competition Officially Starts

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‘Beyond YUE|Jianhu Revival’ – Shaoxing Jianhu Planning and Design Competition Officially Starts

December 09
00:28 2021

2021 · Shaoxing China

Beyond YUEJianhu Revival

Shaoxing Jianhu Planning and Design Competitionofficially starts! Now open for global registration

Jianhu, Taking You Go Beyond

RMB 1 Million for Finalists! Jianhu, Taking You Go Beyond

Jianhu (Jian Lake) acts as a cultural landmark and witnesses the development of the times, transcending itself unremittingly.

Under the background of a new era, we would like to invite global planners, architects, and designers,hereby to submit your “transcending” proposals along the lakeshore, thus to create a revived, prosperous Jianhu that transcends time and space, transcends imagination, carries and reveals the super Yue culture, and goes beyond it!


1.1 Competition Name

‘Beyond YUE|Jianhu Revival’ Shaoxing Jianhu Planning and Design Competition

1.2 Project Location

The project is located in the middle of Keqiao District, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province, across both banks of Jianhu. It is an important part of Keqiao’s urban area.

In the Master Urban Spatial Planning of Keqiao District During the 14th Five-Year Plan Period released in 2021, both sides of Jianhu are deemed as a dual-functional area characterized by “Middle City” and “South Garden”.

1.3 Project Background

Jianhu is the mother lake of Yue region. It is one of the oldest water conservancy projects in China, an important communication belt of the road of Tang poetry in eastern Zhejiang, as well as the source of Shaoxing rice wine.

Nowadays, Jianhu has its essence lie in Jianhu Tourist Resort. With profound history, it is also the core development section of Keqiao District, Shaoxing. How to make use of the existing space, respect the spirit of Jianhu, transform Jianhu into a city brand and symbol with various interfaces, and depict the common picture of “Jianhu Revival”. It is a “transcending” issue, and also embodies the “wisdom of new city operation” in the era of ecological civilization and cultural confidence, providing us with an opportunity to create a new development mode of Chinese cultural landmarks in urban development in the new era.

1.4 Competition Content

The competition includes two sections, which are conceptual planning and urban design.

1Conceptual Planning

Scope: It is located in Jianhu Tourist Resort, adopts Jianhu as the core and is 12.6 kilometers long from east to west, with a site area of about 35.4 square kilometers. It covers two characteristic towns—Rice Wine Town and Cool Wow Town; 4 AAAA National Tourist Attractions—Keyan Scenic Area, Daxianglin · Tusita Scenic Area, Qiaobo Ice & Snow World and Oriental Neverland; traditional villages such as Sanjia Village, Hutang Village, Binshe Village, etc.; plenty of significant sightseeing spots like Mazhen Memorial Museum; as well as 10 areas—”Jianhu Origin Exploration”, “Ancient Wine New Songs”, “Yue Dream Island”, “Poetry Frontier”, “Dynamic Lake & Mountain”, “Glorious Keyan”, “Haishan Show”, “Art Woven Keqiao”, “Xianglin Realm”, “Future Watercity” (please refer to the General Planning Brief Version).

Requirements: The planning shall respect the connotation of Jianhu, coordinate the relationship between landscape & city, cultural heritage & modern industry, tourism & citizen life, and build a Jianhu space with “Beyond YUE” ecological vitality, cultural tension and industrial power coupling. It is necessary to put forward an overall planning concept at the macro level, construct the spatial development mode, implement the overall space guidance, create a public open space, build a diversified transportation system and propose the overall implementation scheme.

2 Urban Design

Scope: 5 core areas (compulsory) + 3 other areas (random draw), with a total area of 15.0 square kilometers. Core areas include “Jianhu Origin Exploration”, “Ancient Wine New Songs”, “Yue Dream Island”, “Poetry Frontier”, “Dynamic Lake & Mountain”, covering a total area of 9.79 square kilometers. Other areas include “Glorious Keyan”, “Haishan Show”, and “Art Woven Keqiao”. The shortlisted applicants shall select by random draw one of the three areas to design.

Requirements: Follow the positioning of each area, carry out urban design and shape the cultural space and features for each area. Specifically, it includes the refinement of the functional format of each area, design of spatial form, and improvement of public open spaces; At the same time, to manifest the characteristics of Jianhu, in combination with the needs of spatial layout and landscape shaping, a site should be selected to carry out the concept design of “The Jianhu Eye” as the gateway landmark building (please refer to the Technical Brief for work requirements).


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


ZHENG Shiling
Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences;
Academician of the French Academy of Architecture

Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences;
Chief Architect of CADI

SUN Jiwei
Consultant Professor of CAUP, Tongji University;
Former Deputy Secretary-General of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government;
Former Director of Shanghai Urban Planning and Land Resource Administration Bureau

Dean of TJUPDI;
Professor of CAUP, Tongji University

Michael Grove
Chair of Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering & Ecology of SASAKI;
Vice President of Development at the Landscape Architecture Foundation

MA Weidong
Founder of IAM;
Executive of a+u (Architecture and Urbanism)

More master jury will be announced in the “Judges’ Quotations” and “Special Interviews”. Please stay tuned!


The total bonus pool is up to RMB 9.5 million (incl. GST), with 6 finalists including: 

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

1 Second Prize: award RMB 2,000,000 (incl. GST) 

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

3 Finalist Award: each award RMB 1,000,000 (incl. GST)

The first prize winner will gain the priority to subsequent deepen the related planning and design of Jianhu.

10 Most Popular Award:In order to encourage diversity,A public vote will be conducted on the submitted works out of the 10 finalists. The highest 10 voted work will receive the Most Popular Award and a special ‘Beyond · YUE’ prize as well as a certificate will be awarded by the organizer.


5.1 Qualification

All contestants with relevant design experience (independent legal entity, consortium, individual) globally can register for the competition. One consortium shall consist of no more than 3 members, and each party of the consortium is not allowed to take part in the competition separately in its own name or by composing a consortium with other design institutions.

5.2 Registration

If you are interested in participating in this competition, please click to check the competition official website.

Detailed materials of the competition can be downloaded after registration.

5.3 Submission

1First Stage: Public registration, qualification review and short-listing stage of proposals

Participants should submit registration materials and conceptual design proposal as required. Conceptual Design Proposal shall include the understanding of Jianhu, core intentions and ideas of the design. The content should ideally be around 30 pages.

The application materials (including registration documents & conceptual design proposal) must be printed on both sides, bound into a volume of A4 size, and submitted in 7 copies (the official seal must be affixed; In case of a consortium, all members of the consortium must affix their official seals or signatures). The documents must be sealed and packaged in a single bag, and the sealing bag must be marked “Beyond YUE | Jianhu Revival Shaoxing Jianhu Planning and Design Competition” and name of the applicant.

The sealing bag must be kept sealed. The sealing bag must be mailed or delivered to the following address before 16:00 on February 18, 2022 (Beijing Time): Jianhu Tourist Resort Management Committee, Keqiao District, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province, Attn: SHEN Zhangjun, postcode: 312030. The electronic application materials must be sent to the following email address: [email protected]

We will refer to your final paper materials as formal application. Application after deadline will not be accepted.

The judging committee will conduct a comprehensive review of the registration documents and conceptual design proposals submitted by the participants, and select 6 participants to enter the second stage.

2Second Stage: The submission of conceptual planning & urban design and competition review stage

The organizer will coordinate the 6 shortlist members to conduct on-site surveys, answer questions, and select project sites. The 6 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 Competition Rules and Regulations).


Organizer: People’s Government of Keqiao District, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province

Contractor: Jianhu Tourist Resort Management Committee, Keqiao District, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province

Co-organizer: One-tenth Art Company


Jianhu Tourist Resort, Shaoxing Cultural Tourism Publication, Gate of Shaoxing, Keqiao Cultural Tourism, Pinchain Tourism, Keqiao Cool Wow Town, Jianhu MeTime, Picturesque Zhejiang, Keqiao Tourism Publication, Keqiao Media Network, etc.; 

Architectural Practice, Archdaily, Urban China, POSITION, URBAN GROWTH INSIGHT, archrace, bustler, Archidogs, Landscape Architecture China, ARCHITECT LUNATIC ASYLUM, etc.;

People’s Daily Online, China Daily, Sohu, NETEASE, Tencent, Sina, Phoenix New Media, CRI Online,, etc.

Also, grateful for the support and help provided by Chinese National Geographic as the cooperative media of Jianhu Tourist Resort.

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