Exploring Post Earthquake Reconstruction: 2013 AIM Competition Awards Announced

Winning Entry: Architecture Renovation Award. Image Courtesy of AIM

Architects in Mission (AIM) recently announced the winners for their 2013 competition with the topic, Post Earthquake Reconstruction, Ya’an – Rebuild Panda’s Hometown from the EarthquakeThe Ya’an Earthquake occurred at 08:02 Beijing Time on the 20th April 2013. The epicenter was located in Lushan County, Ya’an, Sichuan, about 116km (or 72 miles) from (along the Longmenshan Fault) in the same province that was hit heavily by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. For this year’s competition, AIM asked participants to pay particular attention to the master planning of the Snow Mountain Village, whilst developing new business models to encourage economic growth for local villagers. See the four winning entries after the break.

Yading Cliff Building Competition Entry / ELEV

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Located on a cliff at an altitude of 4100 meters high near Yading Village in , the proposal for the Yading Cliff Building by ELEV (Elevation Workshop) was inspired by the terrain of the cliff itself. The local mountain has had landslides in the past. As nature formed the mountains in the first place, it also created the imperfections. The architects wanted to use our man-made construction to fill the remaining void. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Xiaoquan Elementary School / TAO

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Architect: TAO (Trace Architecture Office) – HUA Li
Location: , , Xiaoquan town
Total Floor Area: 8,900 sqm
Construction cost: RMB 14 Million
Completion: 2010
Design team: HUA Li, Zhu Zhiyuan, Jiang Nan, Li Guofa, Kong Desheng
Photograph: Yao Li 


1K House – Pinwheel House / Ying chee Chui

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’1K house’ was a design studio in the Department of Architecture, MIT in 2009 co-taught by Professor Yung Ho Chang, Chairman of Department of Architecture, MIT, Professor Tony Ciochetti, Chairman of Center for Real Estate, MIT, and Professor Dennis Shelden, Department of Architecture, MIT. It is a project designed for the rural poor in the earthquake area, , China who lost their home during the seismic disaster in 2008. The Pinwheel house is the selected project to be built in China and it became the first built project, by architect, Ying chee Chui, an MArch’11 student at MIT, in summer 2010.

As MIT’s first low cost housing prototype, this project set the stage for the importance of low-cost developments for locations around the globe that have had natural disasters that are beyond society’s control. By reaching out, architects everywhere can take advantage of opportunities such as theses to help a society recover and rebuild. More information on the project after the break.

NewBud Eco-School / ZHU Jingxiang Architects

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A research team led by Prof. Zhu Jingxiang of the School of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has developed an advanced architectural system for the construction of the New Bud Study Hall in , , this summer. See more images and architect’s description after the break.

Miyi Tower and Master plan / Studio SHIFT and SWA Group

The Los Angeles based team of Studio SHIFT and SWA Group has been selected to create a master plan for the Province, a developing area in China.  The plan consists of SHIFT’s  that aims to promote the region’s heritage, and SWA Group’s design for a sustainable promenade.

Further project description and more images after the break.