In the summer of 2018, 21 renowned architectural colleges and universities from China and abroad joined the Third International Colleges and Universities Construction Competition held in the village Xia Mutang, Jiangxi, China. The International Colleges and Universities Construction Competition has been held since 2016. One village is selected each year with a specific theme for students from renowned architectural colleges and universities both home and abroad, in order to conduct a full process from design to construction under the realistic context of rural development in China. This annual event is committed to contributing the “Beautiful Village” movement as a part of national strategic plan to improve living environment of rural communities, modernize infrastructure and bring new insights for rural construction through design and art. 
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Time: August 1st___ August 14th 
Organizations:
Sponsor: Wan’an County People’s Government
Organizer: CBC (China Building Centre)
Supporting Media: Urban Environment Design (UED) Magazine
 
Q VILLAGE 
This year, the theme of International Colleges and Universities Construction Competition is “Q Village. Focused on the “fun” of village, “Q Village” emphasizes the importance of “fun making” activity, turning the negative and boring rural spaces into positive and interesting ones through “exploration” and “limited intervene”. 21 internationally renowned architectural colleges and universities including Syracuse University, Hongkong University, Tsinghua University and Tongji University are keen to find efficient and creative ways to stimulate vitality of micro space with a hope to lead a bigger change in rural area. 
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After the site research, follow-up design and construction, participating colleges came out a series of creative proposals that target problems of negative space and made real-life projects which were greatly appreciated by villagers. On August 18th, 14days after construction working,  jury review meeting was held in the village. The jury committee is composed by famous architects and planners from home and abroad. Mr. CUI Kai, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering as the jury chairman, together with architects and professors from prestigious architectural schools such as UCL, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Tsinghua University and Tongji University spoke highly of architectural educational achievements in the village. After a full day of review, the project “Suspended Gallery” which was designed and made by South China University of Technology won the first prize.
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FIRST PRIZE WORKS

“Suspended Gallery”
School of Architecture, South China University of Technology
 
 By using the unique customized-design connecting joint, tensile system is seamlessly combined with the bamboo structure to realize the lightness and floating effect in bridge body, meanwhile it also defines the vernacular aesthetic in modern pattern. Suspended Gallery blurred the boundary in between the construction, material, structure and installation, at the same it successfully transcending the relationship of traditional and modern; architecture and art; urban and village. 

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Project built on the site ©South China University of Technology

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Project built on the site ©UED

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Detail ©UED
 

SECOND PRIZE WORKS


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Fluorescence of Xiamutang
Syracuse University, School of Architecture & 
Tianjin University, School of Architecture
©Syracuse University

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Dancing Tree
School of Architecture, Tianjin University ©UED

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The Veil
School of Architecture and Urban Planning , Nanjing University©Nanjing University
 

 

THIRD PRIZE WORKS


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Village Theatre
College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University ©Tongji University

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Cave of Sound
School of Architecture & Art Design of Hebei University of Technology ©UED

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Paddy Catcher in the Woods
School of Architecture, Harbin Institute of Technology ©UED

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The Interactive Cube
School of Architecture, Southeast University ©UED

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Link Space
School of Architecture, Zhengzhou University © Zhengzhou University

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Q Mates
Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chongqing University ©UED

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Under the Cloud
School of Architecture, Tsinghua University ©Tsinghua University

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Foyer of Xiamutang Art Gallery—The Backyard of the Mind
Architecture College of Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology ©UED

HONORABLE MENTION


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Mortise and Tenon
Kunming University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Architecture and City Planning
©Kunming University of Science and Technology

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Plum Blossom-Fun
School of Architecture, Central Academy of Fine Arts ©Central Academy of Fine Arts

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Summer Chills at Bamboo Cube
Landscape and Urban Design, Chaoyang University of Technology 
©Chaoyang University of Technology

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Shadowland
School of Architecture & Design, China University of Mining and Technology
©China University of Mining and Technology

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Sundial
The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture
© The University of Hong Kong

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Bamboo Suspenders
School of Architecture, Hunan University ©UED

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Happiness Outside the Gables
School of Architecture and Urban Planning , Shenyang Jianzhu University
©Shenyang Jianzhu University

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Seven Artistic Concept Spaces Coexisting with Bamboo
Inner Mongolia University of Technology College of Architecture ©UED

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Co-fairyland
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University ©Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

WINNER LIST
First Prize
School of Architecture,
South China University of Technology
Suspended Gallery
Second Prize
Syracuse University, School of Architecture &
Tianjin University, School of Architecture
Fluorescence of Xiamutang
School of Architecture,
Tianjin University
Dancing Tree
School of Architecture and Urban Planning ,
Nanjing University
The Veil
Third Prize
College of Architecture and Urban Planning,
Tongji University
Village Theatre
School of Architecture & Art Design of
Hebei University of Technology
Cave of Sound
School of Architecture,
Harbin Institute of Technology
Paddy Catcher in the Woods
School of Architecture,
Southeast University
The Interactive Cube
School of Architecture,
Zhengzhou University
Link Space
Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning,
Chongqing University
Q Mates
School of Architecture,
Tsinghua University
Under the Cloud
Architecture College of Xi’an University
of Architecture and Technology
Foyer of Xiamutang Art Gallery—The Backyard of the Mind
Honourable Mention
Kunming University of Science and Technology
Faculty of Architecture and City Planning
Mortise and Tenon
School of Architecture,
Central Academy of Fine Arts
Plum Blossom-Fun
Landscape and Urban Design,
Chaoyang University of Technology
Summer Chills at Bamboo Cube
School of Architecture & Design,
China University of Mining and Technology
Shadowland
The University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Architecture
Sundial
School of Architecture,
Hunan University
Bamboo Suspenders
School of Architecture and Urban Planning ,
Shenyang Jianzhu University
Happiness Outside the Gables
Inner Mongolia University of
Technology College of Architecture
Seven Artistic Concept Spaces Coexisting with Bamboo
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Co-fairyland


JURY COMMITTEE
 
Jury Chairman:
CUI Kai: Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE); Chief Architect & Honourary Dean of China Architecture Design & Research Group; Director of Land-based Rationalism D-R-C;
Jury Members:
YANG Baojun: President of the Chinese Academy of Urban Planning & Design; National Engineering Survey and Design Master
Ole Gustavsen: Rector of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design
LI Zhenyu: Dean and Professor of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University;
SONG Kun: Professor, Doctoral Supervisor and Secretary of the Party Committee at Tianjin University School of Architecture;
Gilles Retsin: Founder & Co-director of the Design Computation Lab and Programme Director of the B-pro Architectural Design (AD) Master’s programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; Founder of Gilles Retsin Architecture
CUI Tong: National Engineering Survey and Design Master, Chief Architect of Institute
of Architecture Design and Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
LIU Kecheng: Professor and Doctoral Supervisor of College of Architecture, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology; Director of the Engineering Technology Research Centre of Shaanxi Province Historical Sites & Relics Preservation; Secretary of the Architectural Relics & Cultural Characteristics Committee of UIA;
DING Wowo: Professor, Doctoral Supervisor and Former Dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Nanjing University
LI Baofeng: Professor, Doctoral Supervisor and Former Dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST); Director of New Architecture (NA) Magazine;
WANG Lu: Professor of the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University
CAO Xiaoxin: Deputy Chief Architect of China Architecture Design & Research Group; Dean of the Third Design & Research Institute of China Architecture Design & Research Group; Principal Architect of QI Studio;
PENG Lixiao: Chief Editor of Urban Environment Design (UED) Magazine; Guest Professor of School of Architecture, Tianjin University; Director of CBC (China Building Centre); Founder of Louna International Architects’ Village;

CONTEXT: RURAL CONSTRUCTION IN CHINA AND AN OVERVIEW OF PREVIOUS INTERNATIONAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES CONSTRUCTION COMPETITIONS
 
Rural revitalization has achieved an increasing attention in China and preferential policies and vast resources from society are invested into rural area in recent years. At the same time, as a new trend, many architects, artists and socialists are actively involved in rural development. It is regarded as a crucial time to figure out a perfect merging point to connect future lifestyle, cultural tradition, and rural landscape through art and design. 

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