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On July 9, 2020, the final review meeting of the “The Transformation and Revival of Industrial Heritages” Hangang District Urban Design International Master Competition. The review meeting was conducted through a combination of online and offline. Nine well-known scholars, architectural experts and urban decision makers from home and abroad were invited as juries for the review session. SONG Chunhua, Former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China attended as the jury chairman. Combined activities are included in the final review meeting such as site visit, final achievement exhibition and final evaluation. After several rounds of evaluation, the result was finalized, the proposal “The City of Tomorrow” from Dominique Perrault Architecture took the lead. Proposals from WANG Jianguo Team and ZHUANG Weimin Team won the second prize.

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Final Review Meeting in Handan © UED

2020 “The Transformation and Revival of Industrial Heritages” - Hangang District Urban Design International Master Competition started early this year in Handan City, Hebei Province. The competition is sponsored by Hebei Provincial Department of Housing & Urban-Rural Development and Department of Natural Resources of Hebei Province, organized by Handan Municipal People’s Government, co-organized by Handan Natural Resources and Planning Bureau. As the executive and planning body of the competition, Urban Environment Design (UED) Magazine is committed to assistant Hangang to realize the final transformation and revival.
 
Six master teams from world renown architectural firms are invited to participate in the master competition and envision the future of Handan through their creative designs: Dominique Perrault Architecture, Coop Himmelb(l)au Team, UNStudio Team, Academician CHENG Taining Team, Academician WANG Jianguo Team, Academician ZHUANG Weimin Team. To create a future-oriented blueprint for the transformation and revival of Handan and inject new cultural connotation into it in accordance with the characteristics of the times. New strategies and solutions with "global vision and international standard" for the Hangang area are provided.

 

01 MASTER TEAM AND PROPOSAL
 
 
Dominique Perrault Architecture

The City of Tomorrow

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Dominique Perrault Architect master team’s proposal is meant to build Green Handan Manifesto, a city full of possibilities and adequate to live. There are Four Axis that are especially relevant for the Hangang District: WATER FEATURES, GREEN PRODUCTION, PRESERVING THE HERITAGE, HOTEL METROPOLE. The first three themes are directly related to the site and they are the direct consequences of the site analysis. It is the belief that those three elements are the core of the project. To work on those themes and articulate the together, it is necessary to add the fourth layer, a layer about usage and economic structure: The Hotel Metropole. Hotel Metropole is a concept, developed by Dominique Perrault to take into account the changes of city life around the world and adjust accordingly. The four axis for Handan penetrate the design strategy at every level: they are thus drawn in every detail, every concept. In a way, they are as watercolors on wet paper: blending with each other, leaving a sense of repartition but present over the totality of the work.

 

Academician WANG Jianguo Team

Transition · Memory · Renascence

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A three-step design proposal "Transition · Memory · Renascence" proposed by WANG Jianguo Master Team shall make Hangang district a new model area of cities worldwide with merits of upgrading its functions, productions and the environment as well as City-Industry Integrated planning and development in Handan. The six development strategies were set in accordance to the masterplan, “introduce emerging industries and incubate composite functions, revitalize industrial heritage and retain urban memories, rejuvenating Hansteel area, driving space catalyst, integrated transportation network of fast and slow travel, creating a blue-green system to purify the ecological space, building a healthy community and create a vibrant place”. With revitalized industrial heritage and newly-built public buildings scattering around, the central park that extends from the ZhaoWang Heritage Site would be the new ecological backbone. The restored Qin River scenery connects the east - west ecological path, the Business & Commerce connects to the city transportation hub to the east, the Culture & Leisure Axis connects to the core area of Fuxing District to the north, 6 different urban clusters intermingle with splendid rural landscape. We are looking forward to witnessing Hangang rising in this glorious steel city, acting as an example showing the revival of Chinese industrial heritage to the world, a pioneering demonstration area for industrial transformation and urban integration and a people - oriented livable urban quarter for balanced life.

 

Academician ZHUANG Weimin Team

Agriculture Spirit, Industrial Civilization, Innovation City

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© Academician ZHUANG Weimin Team

ZHUANG Weimin team visualizes to make Hangang as a future - oriented rural city of blue and green, a city of vitality that is suitable to live and visit. It will coordinate manufacturing, living and ecological space and adopt a pattern of cluster development in combination with water and greening systems, building an organism with man and nature living in harmony. Handan is a city of humanity. The ruins of Zhao State Capital as well as the surrounding village and idyllic landscape are well reserved. Agricultural civilization, industrial civilization and ecological civilization communicate in here. Guided by culture and technology, Handan will put emphasis on the development of cultural creativity, technology innovation and producer service industries. This is a happy community, which is supported by industry and well-balanced work and life. As a new urban vitality center, east Handan will be the future city center with the interweaving of agriculture civilization, industrial civilization and ecological civilization, which will surely realize its leaping development of Hangang, enhancing the competitiveness of Handan city and set up a model of industrial heritage revival and glow in the new era!

 

Coop Himmelb(l)au Team

Nature Heritage City

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© Coop Himmelb(l)au

The main idea for the transformation of the Hanging district from Coop HimmelB(l)au master team is to open the former urban void back to the city. Revitalization of nature, landscapes and waterways will bring benefits to the wellbeing of the future inhabitants and the whole city. The main concept for the Energy Welcome Tower is to create an iconic, elegant and vibrant appearance through the unified shape of a cone and a spiral, generated out of climate, economy of structure as well as program and the correlation of orientation and surroundings. A new innovation and science city can become an attractor for companies to settle, a healthy and sustainable environment will be attractive for real estate developments.

Entertainment and leisure parks will support urban life and create destinations for inhabitants of the district and tourists from all over China and the world.The core area will transform an industrial site in the city center into a Nature Heritage District with science and technology parks, vibrant residential neighborhoods along green corridors with cultural venues, open air museums for the industrial heritage and water networks.

 

Academician CHENG Taining Team

Time Compass, Revival Engine

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Academician CHENG Taining Team’s approach is called “Time Compass, Revival Engine”. The plan forms a spatial structure of “one city, nine districts, two rivers and many veins”. The two water systems of Qinhe and Zhuhe, as well as a number of structural green veins connect the nine major areas with the old railway station, subway station, Zhao State Capital and other important facilities as a whole. Choosing the area with highest historical, cultural and technological value in Hangang District as the core leading area lay our various engine-driven projects, and build a future - oriented central activity city. Following the important axis of the former blast furnace core process, shaping the spine of the core area, forming a fish-bone shaped spatial system, linking the city, life, industry and the ruins of the city of Zhao State Capital. Creating a revival leading zong for the transformation of butterfly.

 

UNStudio Team

The Green Jade

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UNStudio’s masterplan focuses on three key urban pillars - technology, history and health.  For technology, they build a new campus for innovation that spreads over several neighbourhoods and buildings. For history, they link physically and metaphorically to Handan’s culture and history by creating an urban jade – a unique area that offers beauty and prosperity. For health - they create a walkable, green and safe environment that is designed in human scale and offers a sense of community. Tree major strategies were proposed to adapt to the rapid development of the world, they are Upgrade vs. Erasing, Empower vs. Forgetting and Enrich vs. Abandoning.

The core integrated approach to sustainability is the Green Jade which hosts steel industry facilities and contaminated soil, the traditional Bell Towers is replaced with a future-oriented Eco Towers that retain water and provide energy on a local level. Handan City will start from the "Green Jade" and will be seamlessly connected to the existing multi -model transport network of Handan. Together, it will make Hangang district a symbol of a prosperous and healthy future.
 

02 FINAL REVIEW MEETING 

In the post-epidemic era, the evaluation was conducted through a combination of online report for international teams and offline report for domestic teams.

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On Line & On Site Presentation by Master Teams © UED

A star-studded cast team forms the final jury panel. The jury chairman is SONG Chunhua, the Former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China. Jury members includes CUI Kai, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Honorary President and Chief Architect of China Architecture Design & Research Group; Peter Poulet, New Central City District Commissioner for the Greater Sydney Commission, Former NSW Government Architect; LI Xiaojiang, National Engineering Survey and Design Master, Former President of China Academy of Urban Planning and Design; Wong Mun Summ, Co-Founding Director of WOHA; CUI Tong, National Engineering Survey and Design Master, Chief Architect and Deputy Dean of Institute of Architecture Design and Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Kim Young Joon, City Planner of Seoul, Founder of yo2 Architects; LIU Kecheng, Professor and Doctoral Supervisor of the College of Architecture of Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology; ZHANG Jinjiang, Vice Principal of Hebei. We also invited PENG Lixiao, Chief Editor of Urban Environment Design (UED) Magazine as the host and LI Jinli, General Consultant of Tianjin University Urban Planning and Research Institute as the technical support.

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Jury Members Took a Group Photo © UED

After the model visit, group presentation, internal discussions and the voting. The winning team was finalized and announced by the jury chairman.

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SONG Chunhua, the Former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China © UED

Jury Chairman SONG chunhua speaks highly of the master competition. After analyzing the final results of all master teams, he said that the evaluation should focus on four aspects. First, the historical and industrial heritage of Handan should be respected, including the texture of the city. Second, ecological reasons should be taken into account, considering the part of the site was contaminated. Third, creating a vitality public space for citizens to relax and entertain. Finally, the masterplan should be implemented in the near future.
 
As for the future development of the city, he said that Handan should choose the strategy of "smart renewal", speed up the transformation progress and upgrade the entire steel industry, deal with the traffic problems, environmental pollution and settle other infrastructure issues. Taking advantage of its rich cultural resources to promote the sustainable development of Handan.

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Model Visit in the Final Achievement Exhibition Hall © UED


03 JURIES SITE VISIT

In order to get ready for the final review meeting of the “The Transformation and Revival of Industrial Heritages” Hangang District Urban Design International Master Competition, jury members went on site visit in Handan Iron and Steel East Plant on21st of July.

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Juries on a site visit © UED