Sync – Competition to Design a Cultural Center for 21st century Eco-cities
Richard Register first coined the term ‘Eco-city’ in 1987 as “a human settlement modeled on the self-sustaining resilient structure and function of natural ecosystems”.
Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city is considered to be the first citywide testing ground for environmental standards relating to air quality and carbon emissions. The scheme began in 2007 and is a collaboration between the government of China and Singapore.
The city is envisioned to be a place that is socially harmonious, environmentally-friendly, and resource-efficient – a model for sustainable development. In order to achieve this, the entire planning and development of the city are guided by a comprehensive set of 22 quantitative and 4 qualitative Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Through this project, they intend to create a model for an Eco-city that is practical,can be replicated, and scalable.
Eco-cities aim for creating an Eco-friendly place for the citizens just like the Sino Singapore Tianjin Eco-city. However, the Key Indicators that drive these cities often lack the larger idea of it belonging to a particular location and its inhabitants, in this case- China.
But it is also important to inculcate practicing sustainable living at a grassroots level. Despite Eco-cities run towards a utopian goal of sustainability. But the speed of growth can be a very huge factor that can overrun thin strings that tie culture and society together. While growth can’t be stopped, places to sustain culture should be always placed while cities grow by leaps and bounds.
How can architecture be used as an important tool to imbibe the ancient culture of China in the 21st-century eco-city?
Design Challenge – Propose a Cultural Center for Sino Singapore Tianjin Eco-City that aims to encourage citizens to keep the culture of the community alive within this new kind of living in fast-growing mega cities.
Design Challenge – Propose a Cultural Center for Sino Singapore Tianjin Eco-City that aims to encourage citizens to keep the culture of the community alive within this new kind of living in fast-growing megacities.
Link to Competition
Link to Registration form
Prize pool of worth 16,000$
First Prize: 3800$ (For students and professionals)
Runner Up: 6 x 1000$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 4 x 350$ (Open for all)
Honorable Mention : 12 x 400$ Each
Type of Competition
Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)
Who can Participate
The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
There is no restriction on the degree of design disciplines to participate in the challenge.
Participation in the competition can happen in a team as well as an individual.
The maximum numbers of participants in a team are 4.
Dates and Time Frame
Registration Closes April 5, 2021
Deadline to Submit Project April 6, 2021
Winners announcement Date June 3, 2021
Location of Competition