Quality of urban space becomes a vital aspect of urban development. “Q City Plan · Qinhuangdao International Student Design Competition” is a trial to enhance the quality and diversity of micro public space in Qinhuangdao, and also an important approach to achieve effective urban regeneration in the redevelopment process.
“Q City Plan” try to alter the traditional way of urban planning that follows the logic of top-bottom, considering from macro-scale to micro-scale. It adopts a new thought of people-oriented humanistic planning through a ‘trivial-to-grand’ mechanism, which is expected to make a remedy and complement for the traditional urban planning of macroscopic narrative.
“Q City Plan · Qinhuangdao International Student Design Competition” is an event open to all university and university and college students from fields such as urban planning, architecture design, landscape design, artistic design worldwide, providing them a platform to show their talent based on the real built environment of Qinhuangdao as the foundation for their creation and inspiration. It is a global open call for the creative ideas of microscopic renovation, artistic installation, with a hope to find more possible paths for the regeneration of Qinhuangdao in the future. This competition will invite acclaimed urban planners and architects as jury to assess the proposals. Wining projects have possibilities to be implemented on site.

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Q City Plan · Qinhuangdao

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.


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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