OPEN CALL: UIA-HYP CUP 2021 Competition for International Students in Architectural Design

Competition for International Students

OPEN CALL: UIA-HYP CUP 2021 Competition for International Students in Architectural Design,

Competition topic:

Rural Dilemmas – The New Rural Planning

After the ancient village of Wengding in China’s Yunnan was recognized as an important rural cultural heritage in 2006, the advent of the Year of the Ox destroyed the village.

After the fires broke out throughout the village, fundamental problems were revealed that go beyond replacing the village’s roof, consisting of peaks and intricate wooden structures, with thatch.

It was necessary to think about the future of the countryside in China and abroad.

Like many places in the world, rural development in China was largely dependent on industrial planning, which brought this modernity to the countryside and brought significant improvements in the quality of life for many.

China’s unprecedented anti-poverty campaigns in 2020, have reshaped the countryside since the 1970s across the country.

This milestone represents an important moment for reflection on this initial modus operandi not only for China: it requires new considerations about the future of rural planning.

And it’s not just China that is caught up in this struggle. Architecture has drifted from the countryside around the world, and the old way of planning vast swaths of countryside around the world relied largely on industrial and physical planning or the narrow interests of markets.

Architecture in transformation

The countryside challenges the paradigm of the architectural profession by requiring a more in-depth role as compared to being a ‘service provider’ in the city, there may be no such thing as architecture-related information to reference.

The rural context requires a skill set where the economy, infrastructure, new and old technology and culture must work in unison, in order to generate new experiences.

Mastering the ancient arts and crafts alone will not bring the desired future.

These ideas and best examples of case studies that challenge current planning traditions to collectively build a library of the most important and intriguing possibilities are required to give a fundamentally revised new view of the future of the countryside.

Jury Chair:

Rem Koolhaas

Registration deadline:

September 20, 2021

Application deadline:

October 10, 2021

OPEN CALL: UIA-HYP CUP 2021 Competition for International Students in Architectural Design

Jury review:

October 2021


1st prize (one team)

Certificate and 100,000 CNY (about 15,000 USD) (before tax)

2nd Prize (3 teams)

Certificate and 30,000 CNY (about 4,500 USD) (before tax);

3rd Prize Certificate (8 teams) and 10,000 CNY (about 1,500 USD) (before tax);

Honorable mentions (several teams) Consultants will also be awarded

Honor Certificates

For award winning projects with certificates.


International Supporter:

International Union of Architects UIA

Host Organizations:

School of Architecture, Tianjin University, Journal of Urban Environmental Design (UED)

Co-hosting organization:

College of Architecture, Central Academy of Fine Arts

Advising institutions:

China National Evaluation Committee for Higher Education of Architecture, Architecture Committee of the Chinese Artists Association.

Exclusive Sponsor:

Shanghai HYP-ARCH Architectural Design Consultant Inc.


School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, School of Architecture, Southeast University, School of Architecture, South China University of Technology, School of Architecture, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, School of Architecture and Planning Urban, Chongqing University.

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