Architecture in Transformation, al via la 5a UIA-HYP Cup

Concorso internazionale per studenti. Presiede la giura: Bernard Tschumi

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Registrazioni entro il 31 luglio | Consegna entro il 31 agosto 2016

Concorso internazionale per studenti sul tema dell'architettura in trasformazione, supportato dalla Union International des Architects (UIA). Oltre a premi in denaro, per i vincitori ci sarà la possibilità di attivare uno stage presso noti studi internazionali. Presiede la giuria: Bernard Tschumi.

2016 marks the fifth edition of UIA-HYP Cup International Student Competition in Architectural Design, the sole annual international architecture competition for students in Mainland China that receives the support of Union International des Architects (UIA). It is a platform for global architecture students to approach the theme "Architecture in Transformation", and for the rest of the world to check out the latest trend of Chinese architectural education.

Architecture in Transformation should make responses to current situation and era. What concerns us is the relationship between architecture and city, and between architecture and natural environment. The competition aims at searching and constructing human space with a sense of place in the increasingly fragmented cities and unordered villages, exploring environment-friendly and sustainable ideas in the information age, and integrating creative design concepts with solid basic skills effectively in architectural education. The competition requires the participants to make detailed examinations and reflections on architectural history, exploring complicated requirements to architecture and environment by current users, pay attention to events in specific sites, and configure viable urban and architectural spaces.

Jury chairman: Bernard Tschumi.

Theme: Concept and Notation

Architecture almost exclusively uses visual means to outline what it does: Plans, Sections, Elevations, Perspectives, Axonometrics. But what about movement-the movement of bodies in space? Are there modes of notation applicable to what has been excluded from architectural discourse? What about the other four senses-touch, sound, smell, and why not taste? In this competition, you will invent new modes of notation that not only include the proposed movement of bodies in space, but also lead to an architectural concept, namely an overriding idea that directs the development of your scheme.

The program will act as an urban generator. By this, we mean a place that can foster and encourage new modes of living unknown till today.

Participants must choose one of the following five programs: library, museum, clinic, love hotel, cemetery.


This is a fair competition open to all architecture students around the globe. Full-time on-campus architecture students from accredited institutions (including graduate school students, PhD candidates and those who graduate in 2016) can participate alone or as a team with team members of no more than four people and advisors of no more than two.


Registration Deadline: 24:00 (GMT+8:00) July 31, 2016
Submission Deadline: 24:00 (GMT+8:00) August 31, 2016


1st Prize (1 team) Certificate and 100,000 RMB (approx. 16,000 USD) (before tax);
2nd Prize (3 teams) Certificate and 30,000 RMB (approx. 5,000 USD) (before tax);
3rd Prize (8 teams) Certificate and 10,000 RMB (approx. 1,600 USD) (before tax);

Honorable Mentions (20 teams) Certificate and 6-month free subscription of UED magazine;

Advisors of prize-winning projects will also be awarded with certificates; Prize winners will have an opportunity to intern at prestigious architectural firms through the "Learning Design with Master Architects" program.