Open Call for Quality-City International Young Designer Competition (China·Tangshan)

City has become a crucial carrier of people’s everyday work & life and holds the aspiration of many many people for a far better life. The competition which is advocated as “Quality City” is a search and plan to transform the general public space within the city, meaning to enhance the connotation of the town and reveal its deeper potential.

Integrating the city’s spirit, culture into the physical construction and development, forming a spiritual essence which may reflect the individual characteristics of the town within the end.


As a crucial a part of the Fourth Hebei International Urban Planning and style Competition(Tangshan), Q-city Competition themed on “Quality City”,based on various sorts of public space within the city, like waterfront space, green space, and places with industrial elements of Tangshan, the Competition requests for design proposals with clever concepts and approaches which will upgrade space quality, enhance spatial experience, and reflect regional spirit of humanity. The city’s subsequent focus of development is to enhance the general quality of its urban space and offer innovative public space that contributes to the wellness and quality of lifetime of its citizens.

Competition Name

The Fourth Quality City International Young Designer Competition


Registration Deadline

24:00(GMT+8), May 10th, 2021

Submission Deadline

24:00(GMT+8), May 25th, 2021


First Prize – (1 Team)

Honor Certificate + Bonus 150,000 RMB (before tax, around 23,000 USD)

Second Prize – (4 Teams)

Honor Certificate + Bonus 80,000 RMB (before tax, around 12,000 USD )

Third Prize – (10 Teams)

Honor Certificate + Bonus 20,000 RMB (before tax, around 3,000 USD)

Honorable Mentions (Several Teams)

Honor Certificate

The prize-winning projects might be implemented on site and the local government has the final say



Today, urban space is not any longer restricted by the philosophy of connectivity that’s featured by simplicity and functionalism. Rather, it becomes a people-oriented place that values human experience. As people shift attention from economy-oriented urban system to the development of quality space, the way to improve the standard of space for residents and tourists and make a pleasing public space have gradually become heatedly discussed matters.

The “Quality City” Competition seeks to explore ways to enhance the standard of urban space. With new understanding of humanism, the Competition attempts to spot ideas and methods of micro reclamation , and to value up existing elements through limited investment, precise design and protracted implementation strategies.The aim is to yield “significant” benefits through “small” interventions.



The Quality-City International Young Designer Competition (China Tangshan) is predicated on the particular environment of Tangshan, a city boasting both industrial heritage and heroic culture, and focuses on public space. the planning content may include, but isn’t limited to, repair of urban functions, sports facilities, smart city furniture, public art furnishing, and other buildings (structures) which will revitalize the town and improve the standard of space. it’s expected that the planning may provide new perspectives, new stages and new focuses to seem at the abundant and diverse lifestyle . The Competition also intends to gather workable cases for the general transformation and development of Tangshan. Excellent works could also be utilized in relevant plans and implemented subject to the choices of the government .


▶ Design Principles

Original: The design must be highly original, creating diverse places for citizens and tourists;

Forward-looking: The design should be authentic, pioneering and creative, able to foresee and lead future development;

Regional: The design should highlight regional characteristics of Tangshan based on its history, culture, natural environment, etc.;

Feasible: The design should ensure the workability of building materials and forms in combination with planning;

Complex: The design should take into account various factors such as the nature of the soil, surrounding places, water systems and landscape;

Sustainable: The design should consider the sustainability of materials and operation;


People-oriented: The design should consider the needs of different groups of people to create a people-oriented urban space.


Site Catergary

Industrial space: Tangshan is understood because the cradle of recent industry in China. Since the top of the 20th century, Tangshan has witnessed rapid development of heavy industries, including its leading industries, iron and steel, coal, and porcelain, hence referred to as the “Porcelain Capital in Northern China”. With the transformation and development of the town , some unique industrial structures are retained as a part of the city‘s history and memory. These locations are places with industrial and cultural heritage, the creative transformation and quality development of which should be discussed.

Street corner space: There have always been some underutilized transportation spaces that are often not as eye-catching as urban squares and street spaces. These locations are inefficiently used street corners, the creative transformation and quality development of which should be discussed.

Green space: Different from natural green space, the urban green space system may be a an ecosystem that integrates various resources like nature, society and economy. Modern urban green space has been through several stages from naturally grown green space to artificial creative green space, to public green space and ecological green space. they’re intended to enhance the urban environment, achieve desired urban landscape effect, and building a healthy city. Designers haven’t stopped innovative brooding about green space design. These locations are traditional green space within the green space system of Tangshan, the creative transformation and quality development of which should be discussed.

Square space: Squares aren’t only node for gathering and evacuation, but also an indicator that demonstrates the special importance of urban space quality. there’s no design or facilities in traditional squares to guide people’s activities and stimulate people’s enthusiasm to exercise. These location are traditional square space within the urban space system of Tangshan, the creative transformation and quality development of which should be discussed.

Waterfront space: As a crucial a part of the urban water system of Tangshan, Dou River may be a naturally formed river that runs into Bohai Sea on the south. The section of Dou River located within the main populated area of Tangshan connects various important urban nodes, like Wandaoshan Park, Garden Expo, Ceramic Factory and Dachengshan Park. These locations are nodes within the navigation section of Dou River, the creative transformation and quality development of which should be discussed.

Residential space: As time goes by and technology advances, many changes have taken place in people’s lives. Old things are improved to be more convenient and efficient with the assistance of technology. Our daily lives have also been changing as a results of the mixing of technology with urban planning and style . These locations are places closely associated with the lives of residents in Tangshan, the creative transformation and quality development of which should be discussed.

Market space: Markets are places that best represent people’s lives and concrete atmosphere of a city. they’re often the simplest places to travel if tourists would really like to become conversant in the town . The markets in each area are different and unique. These locations are markets within the urban space of Tangshan, the creative transformation and quality development of which should be discussed.



The competition is open to young designers, artists, teams of teachers and students worldwide in the fields of planning, architecture, landscape, art and intelligent design. Meanwhile, interdisciplinary professionals and practitioners are also encouraged to participate. Individual or team competitors are both welcomed.



For work submission, please e-mail them to The e-mail MUST be named as “【International Team】 or 【Domestic Team】 + Submission + Title of Work”. The organizing committee does not accept any hard copy. All design panels of participants will be printed in an unified format for jury review.




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Inquiries related to the competition will be responded to via e-mail:



Department of Housing & Urban-Rural Development, Hebei, Department of Natural Resources of Hebei Province


Tangshan Municipal People’s Government


Tangshan Natural Resources and Planning Bureau

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