UIA-HYP Cup 2019 International Student Competition

Theme: Architecture in Transition
Topic: Happy Spaces – Integrating Architecture and Landscape
Sponsor: Union International des Architects (UIA)
Organizers: School of Architecture, Tianjin University and Urban Environment Design (UED) Magazine
Type: Student, international, ideas
Eligibility: Open to all architecture and relevant major students around the globe. Full-time on-campus architecture students from accredited institutions (including master and PhD candidates and graduate students of 2019) can participate alone or as a team with team members of no more than four people and advisors of no more than two.
1st Prize (1 team) – Certificate and 100,000 RMB (approx.15, 000 USD) (before tax)
2nd Prize (3 teams) – Certificate and 30,000 RMB (approx.4, 500 USD) (before tax)
3rd Prize (8 teams) – Certificate and 10,000 RMB (approx. 1, 500 USD) (before tax)
30 August 2019 – Registration deadline
20 September – Submission deadline
Jury Chairman: Benedetta Tagliabue (Pritzker Jury Member (since 2015), Co-founder and Principal of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT)
Design Challenge:
Architects can change people’s environment and influence their future in a positive way. They can create “happy spaces” that contribute to people’s well-being. Inserting a building in a nice environment makes this goal easier. When the building is linked to its surroundings, when the limits are blurred with the construction, all of the positive elements of the site can contribute to create this good feeling inside. But the real defy is how to do the opposite, how to influence in a positive way the surroundings throughout the architecture?
The competition is conceived as an exercise to help students understand:

– How to plan a building and its environment as a comprehensive system.
– How to improve a place through an architectural intervention.
– How to integrate inside and outside; the building and the landscape.
– Understand the importance of analysis of the site and context.
– How to create a happy building in a less happy environment.

Providing a project experience which teaches students about the social responsibility of an architectural project and how it can change people’s life in a positive way.

– Participants can choose sites in a degraded urban/ landscape area, preferably at the periphery (anywhere in the world). The site shall include construction area and surrounding area of the building. The student proposal should become a unit that can be imagined as a whole.

* A degraded area can be for instance an urban unstructured area, residual zones where urban planning didn’t arrive or didn’t have a positive effect, areas that remained un-integrated in a city/landscape, self-constructed neighborhoods. They can be areas that remained isolated, can be difficult neighborhoods, areas with social conflict or poverty, areas that have been damaged and need reconstruction, etc. They are places that are not attractive for the people or investors.

– It is compulsory that the context is existing, and participants shall define how their intervention can improve the quality, the value, the social life, the wellness and transform it into an attractive one.
– The surrounding area can vary in dimensions, but it has to guarantee the integration of the building with the surroundings. The participants should include a surrounding area that can create an ecosystem together with the building/ buildings itself.
– Participants can propose types of program or activity, but they should be mixed (at least 2 different functions). They have to propose the uses and program for the construction and for the surrounding area as well.
– The construction can have around 4,000㎡ but it is not restricted to this dimension. Any dimension is possible if it is justified.
– The proposal shall have the intention to improve the environment and bring benefits to the people living there.

For more information, go to: http://hypcup.uedmagazine.net/?r=site&en=1