Public space quality has become an important representative measure for urban competitiveness these days. The “Smart” era is now driven by creative technological advancements, and it is integrating, intricately, into the improvements of our city and the way we interact with people, with space and with information in our everyday lives. As an important part of “The Third Hebei International Urban Planning and Design Competition”, “Planning and Design for Beautiful Hebei - The Third Q-City International Young Designer Competition (China · Handan)” revolves around the topic of “Quality City”, with an emphasis on the integration of technology, we hope to start a global discussion regarding the core values of public space.
This year’s competition site is in Handan City, Hebei Province, which contains both historical value and potentials in development. Taking Renmin Road, the main image road of Handan as the carrier, through the implementation of cutting-edge technologies such as 3D-printing, 5G technology, and artificial intelligence, it explores the ideas and methods of urban micro renewal, and strives to enhance the value of existing factors through limited investment, precise design and persevering implementation strategies, and hopefully generates “huge” benefits with “small” intervention in the end. Through interdisciplinary collaborations cross science, technology and design, and integrating the wisdom of many parties, it strives to create a “Handan Model” to provide new paths and new vision for future urban developments, exploring an acupuncture method to urban space by using smart design, establishing Handan a social image of a potential city for high-precision technology development, thus further improve the quality of the city and its public service capabilities.
“Planning and Design for Beautiful Hebei---The Third Q-City International Young Designer Competition” as an exploration to improving quality of urban public spaces, it is also an exploration in finding innovative and or artistic approaches. With the potential of introducing automated urban renewal/repair systems, the integration of smart health or sports facilities, intelligent urban furniture, interactive art installations, intelligent lighting and way-finding systems, competitors are encouraged to implement new technologies such as 3D-printing, 5G technology, and artificial intelligence, and propose new perspectives, new stages and new focus to enrich the daily life and stimulate the vitality of the city.
The theme selected for this competition is“Quality City Development Guided by New Technology”, it is to take on a micro approach to a specific site Renmin Road directly, rather than the general macro overall approach to the urban design of Handan City. The competition places an emphasis on new science, technology and social perspective equally, and competitors are asked to start off with a future lifestyle, providing a new sample for the creative development of future city through smart design, in hopes of improving the quality of its citizen’s life and its harmony with nature.
Handan City, located in the south of Hebei Province, west of Taihang mountain range, and connected to the North China Plain in the east, is the center of the four provinces of Shanxi, Hebei, Shandong and Henan and the Central Plains Economic Zone, with a total area of 12073.8 square Kilometers and a population of about 10.575 million. Its advantages in location is prominent and it is the regional center of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, and is the major central city of economic zone of Central Plains in China. With a history of 3100 years, Handan is a famous historical and cultural city, “the capital of idioms and allusions”, national excellent tourist city in China, and one of the important birthplaces of Chinese civilization. In the new era, it has enormous potential for development.
Sponsor: Hebei Provincial Department of Housing & Urban-Rural Development, Department of Natural Resources of Hebei Province
Organizer: Handan Municipal People’s Government
Co-Organizer: Handan Natural Resources and Planning Bureau
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