In the forthcoming competitions of city branding, the winners will be those providing their residents a better quality of life. “Q City Plan · Qinhuangdao International Student Design Competition” is a new way to make the public space diverse and interesting through directly intervening in the specific built environments instead of huge landscape axis, large scale landscape nodes, to complement the insufficient research and design on micro spaces in cities. It is more like an acupuncture, which insert needles into the body of one city on certain points to heal and invigorate it with a small-scale intervention.

What set the “Q City Plan · Qinhuangdao” different from others are the degree of autonomy that is given to the participants. Types of design are not restrictive and the site of project is supposed to be selected by the participants themselves. Under the most appropriate conditions these projects can be implemented. Participants can be the principals of their own design and construction, who own the right to control all aspects of projects including designs, materials, constructions and costs.


1.Design Principles
1) Creativity: Create diverse and interesting places for Qinhuangdao citizens and tourists. Design must be original.
2) Locality: Project should be designed with a comprehensive consideration of local history, culture, and natural environment of Qinhuangdao with its geological features highlighted;
3) Sustainability: The sustainability of design, materials and operation should be considered.
4) Feasibility: This is not only a conceptual competition. The selection of material, the form of construction and the requirement of craftsmanship should all be feasible.
5) People-orientation: Designs should fully consider diverse needs of different groups of people and provide citizens and tourists urban spaces for activities.

2.Design Category
There are a variety of design categories for participants to choose. Public spaces where daily life of citizens and tourists occur, such as town square plaza, block, roadside green space, bathing beach, public toilets and food markets can be designed into artistic installations, street furniture & installations and landscape scene. Entries can be independent or in a series, however, unrelated multiple works are not allowed. It should be noticed that entry in a series is that under one certain theme, while production-oriented duplication is not encouraged.


1. Registration
(1) This competition is open to university and college students from the fields of urban planning, architecture, landscape design, art design and relevant disciplines in form of individual or group participation. Each group should have no more than 5 members, and the number of supervisors is limited to 2.
(2) For registration, please log in the competition website:, click “Registration” and fill in the information;
(3) Please keep the unique registration number properly after submitting the registration information online (it’s an important information for submission).

2. Site
(1) The competition committee provides several available sites for design; participants can select one from these sites. The related basic information about the sites is listed in appendix as reference;
(2) Participants are also encouraged to select sites and definite design theme by themselves, discovering and finding solutions about urban issues in a bottom-up approach. Self-selected site should be real site in the city of Qinhuangdao. Photos, satellite images and videos of the site are required in submission materials. Participants are required to consult the organizing committee before making the final decision. Participants will be disqualified if they started design without acknowledge of the site by the organizing committee.
(3) Whether the participants choose the provided site or self-selected site has no influence on the jury review. (The information of the provided site can be downloaded from the official website)

3. Submission
All participants are required to submit digital files, including drawings and other information to named as ‘Name of the design project + Registration Number”. The competition committee does not accept any hard copy. All design panels of participants will be printed in a unified format for jury review.

4.Selection Procedure
The final winning projects will be determined by the jury review.

5. Q&A
(1) Please email your questions about the competition to:
(2) The leader of a group should be the responsible contact person to the organization committee.


Qinhuangdao is a port city on the coast of northeastern Hebei province, China, and located in the centre of Bohai Region. It borders the Yan Mountains in the north, Bohai Bay in the south, Beijing-Tianjin in the west and Liaoning-Shenyang in the east.It is a national comprehensive transportation hub city in China, an important node city of urban coordinated development of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region, and the only “Costal City with long coastline” in Hebei Province. Having four districts (Haihang, Shanhaiguan, Beidaihe, Funing), three counties (Changli, Lulong and Qinglong Manchu Autonomous County) and two zones (Qinhuangdao Economic and Technology Development Zone and Beidaihe New Zone), Qinhuangdao covers a land area of 7,802 km2 with a population of 3.11 million.


Sponsor: Hebei Provincial People's Government
Organizers: Hebei Provincial Department of Housing & Urban-Rural Development, Qinhuangdao Municipal People’s Government, Hebei Port Group Co., Ltd.
Supporters:Architectural Education Appraisal Subcommittee of Architectural Society of China
Planning and Executive Body: Urban Environment Design (UED) Magazine


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