Future ShanShui City: International Urban Design Competition

Future ShanShui City: International Urban Design Competition

As an important birthplace and practical realization of the concept of "Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets", Lishui has assumed the responsibility of exploring the construction of contemporary ShanShui cities. With this background in mind, we hope to build upon Lishui’s status as a “traditional Chinese ShanShui city” to organically combine the spirit of Chinese ShanShui together with contemporary waterfront urban development concepts. The goal is to methodically construct a Shanshui city spatial framework in order to set a model image for this city typology, to create a new ShanShui city lifestyle, and to explore contemporary, sustainable urban planning strategies.

This competition includes Conceptual Overall Urban Design and Detailed Urban Design:

  • At the conceptual overall urban design level, the overall scope is "Dwellings in Lishui Mountains". Taking the Ou River as the axis, the central city of Liandu, Bihu Town and Dagangtou Town are connected in a series with an overall area of 152 square kilometers. It is necessary to apply the development concepts of a contemporary ShanShui city to research into the symbiotic relationship between landscape and city and to emphasize the spatial model of "Dwellings in Lishui Mountains". At a macro level, it is also necessary to comprehensively study the spatial layout, implementation of spatial guidelines, and construction of a Shan-Shui lifestyle to propose an implementation plan.
  • At the detailed urban design level, the scope includes urban central core areas + other regional key parcels. Among these sites, the 4 key plots in the core areas are Wind of Kuocang Mountain, Ancient City Heritage, Rhyme of Sidu, and Guyan Painting Countryside, totaling 5.1 square kilometers. Other key plots in the region are the Portal of Shan-Shui, Ode of Baiyan, Lishui Smart Valley, the Colorful Jiulong, and Bihu Farming and Learning. One plot will be randomly selected by each contestant by drawing lots through a lottery system. (Please refer to the technical brief for work requirements)

Conceptual overall urban design scope
Detailed urban design scope

Jury Guests

Mr. Shiling Zheng
Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Academician of French Academy of Architecture and Sciences(Academie d'Architecture)

Mr. Kai Cui  
Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering
The chief architect of China Architectural Design&Research Institute

Mr. Zhiqiang Wu
Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering
Vice president of Tongji University

Mr. Alan J. Plattus
director of Yale’s Ph.D program
Founder of Yale Urban Design Workshop and Center for Urban Design Research (YUDW)

Mr. Nishizawa Ryue
2010 Pritzker prize winner 
Co-founder of SANAA Architects

Mr. Jiaming Cao
Vice president of the Architectural Society of China
Editor in chief of Architectural Practice Magazine

Mr. Yansong Ma
Founder and partner of MAD Architects

Mr. Jian Zhou
President of Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning and Design Institute CO., LTD.
Director of Urban Planning Society of China

Mr. Weidong Ma
Executive of Architecture and Urbanism(a+u)
Founder of One-tenth Art Company

Note: The above time is subject to Beijing time, the organizer reserves the right to adjust the schedule


Open registration and qualification review and proposal selection stage
Participants should register and login the official website and download the related documents: 
www.lishuicompetition.com, and submit registration materials and conceptual proposals as required by the brief. The jury will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of all submissions and will select 10 proposals to shortlist for Stage Two.


The formal scheme stage and the finalists' scheme submission and competition review stage
The organizer will coordinate the 10 shortlist members to conduct on-site surveys, answer questions, and select project sites. The 10 members will submit final design documents in accordance with the requirements on the "Technical Brief", and first, second and third prizes will be selected. (For detailed deliverables, material submission instructions, assessment methods and procedures, please refer to "Future Shan-Shui City • Dwellings in Lishui Mountains International Urban Design Competition Technical Brief").


During open registration, contestants (independent legal persons, partnerships, and individuals) with relevant domestic and foreign design experience are allowed to participate. Joint venture (JV) registration is allowed, with the number of members of the JV not exceeding three. Members of a JV can no longer participate in this competition under their own name or under a JV with other design agencies.


First Prize

  • 1 First Prize,award RMB 3,000,000 (incl. GST)

Second Prize

  • 1 Second Prize, award RMB 1,500,000 (incl. GST)

Third Prize

  • 1 Third Prize, award RMB 800,000 (incl. GST)

Finalist Award

  • Each of the shortlisted institutions that submitted qualified deliverables but did not place in the top 3 will receive a design compensation fee of RMB 500,000 (incl. GST).

Most Popular Award

  • A public vote will be conducted on the submitted works of the 10 finalists. The highest voted work will receive the Most Popular Award and a special prize will be awarded by the organizer.

Most Creative Award

  • In order to encourage innovation, 30 innovative conceptual proposals that fail to be shortlisted for stage two will be awarded “Creative Future ShanShui City Proposal Awards” and will be awarded a certificate and a special prize awarded by the organizer.

 Register & Submit

Please visit the competition official website to register: www.lishuicompetition.com

Double-side print and bind your registration materials in A4 size and submit 5 hardcopies (with the official seal, if it is a joint venture, the registration materials must have official seal or signature from every member). All documents should be sealed in a packaging bag indicating "Future ShanShui City Dwellings in Lishui Mountains International Urban Design Competition" and "Participant Name" on the packaging bag. The packaging bag must remain sealed.

Please mail or deliver to the following address before 16:00, 20 July 2020:

  • Office 1816, Lishui Municipal People's Government (No.1 Huayuan Road, Liandu District)
  • Postcode: 323000
  • To Dwellings in Lishui Mountains Project Planning and Construction Leading Group Office


  • Ms. Li +86 156 1826 5030 (mobile)
  • Ms. Ji +86 183 5786 3927 (mobile)
  • Ms. Ji +86 0578-2091842 (fixed line)

Please also send the electronic files of the registration documents to the following emails:

  • competition@onetenth.cn
  • competition@archipractice.cn

The registration materials are subject to the hardcopy version finally received. Registration materials received after the deadline will be invalid.


Organizer: Lishui Municipal People's Government

Co-Organizer: Lishui Municipal Development and Reform Commission, Dwellings in Lishui Mountains Project Planning and Construction Leading Group Office

Planning Execution and Organization: Shanghai One-Tenth Art Space Co., Ltd.

Media Support: Architectural Practice Magazine, Architecture and Urbanism (a+u), iCity Smart City Knowledge Service Platform


  • Ms. Li +86 156 1826 5030 (mobile)
  • Ms. Ji +86-183 5786 3927(mobile)
  • Ms. Ji +86 0578-2091842 (telephone)
  • competition@onetenth.cn
  • competition@archipractice.cn

(9:00-12:00, 13:00-18:00 Monday to Friday, GMT+8)

Materials Download

Log in to the official competition website to download the necessary: www.lishuicompetition.com

 Cooperation Media

Competition information and material acquisition, please stay tuned:

Lishui Publication, Lishui Network, Lishui Online, Zhejiang News App,Zhelilishui, Zhejiang Online, Zhejiang Daily (Overseas Version), Dwellings in Lishui Mountains WeChat public account, etc; as well as Architectural Practice, 《建築と都市Architecture and Urbanism》(a+u), iCity Smart City Knowledge Service Platform, ArchDaily, gooood, archrace, bustler, archinect, designboom, Architectural Society of Shanghai and other media;People's Daily Online, toutiao.com, Baidu news, ChinaDaily, Sohu, NETEASE, Phoenix New Media, CRI Online, huanqiu.com, dolcn.com, etc.


In compliance with the "Contract Law of the People's Republic of China", "Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China" and related laws and regulations, all participants who have actively participated in this contest have already made the following irrevocable declaration of the copyright ownership of the submitted works:

1. The submitted works must be original works of the contestants, and cannot infringe any patent rights, copyrights, trademark rights and other legal intellectual property rights of any third-party individuals and units. Once the non-original work is verified, the organizer has the right to immediately cancel its qualifications for participation, shortlisting and awards, withdraw the funds and materials and retain the right to pursue legal liabilities. If the organizer is sued or has other losses due to the above issues, the organizer has the right to request the participant to make full compensation. If the organizer made compensation in advance, the organizer has the right to recover all direct and indirect losses from the contestant.

2. The entries should not be published in other media, not applied for patents or registered for copyright, not participated in other competitions, and not entered commercial channels in any form.

3. Except for the right of authorship, all the other copyrights of the shortlisted works belong to the competition organizer. 

4. Participants who submit their registration materials and entries agree with the assessment method determined by the competition. Participants have carefully read all the terms before submitting their works, fully understand and agree that the jury of this competition has the final decision on the selection of all winning works.

Please log in to the competition official website for detailed competition information

Download the competition brief and competition materials: www.lishuicompetition.com

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Cite: "Future ShanShui City: International Urban Design Competition" 25 May 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/940181/future-shanshui-city-dwellings-in-lishui-mountains> ISSN 0719-8884

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