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Registration is opened until August 30, 2020. You can submit your work until 20 September 2020.
Participation is free. 

The International Union of Architects (UIA), with the support of the School of Architecture of Tianjin University, holds the annual UIA-HYP Cup international student architectural competition. The theme of this year's competition is "Architecture in Transformation: City Puzzle - City Puzzle".
The winners will be announced in October 2020. 

1st prize for one winner: 100,000 yuan (approx. 15,000 USD) (before tax) and certificate.

2nd prize for the three finalists: 30,000 yuan (approx. 4,500 USD) (before taxes) and certificates.

3rd prize for the eight finalists: 10,000 yuan (approx. 1,500 USD) (before taxes) and certificates.

Multi Team Awards - Certificate and 6 months free subscription to UED magazine.

Architecture in transformation must meet modern requirements and changes. The primary interest is the relationship between architecture and the city, as well as between architecture and nature. The competition aims to find and construct human space with the spirit of place in increasingly urbanised cities and empty villages, to explore environmentally friendly and sustainable ideas and to integrate creative concepts into architectural design. The competition requires participants to study and reflect on architecture in detail, to understand the complex requirements of people and the environment, and at the same time to find suitable methods to ensure that the project can be implemented.
The international student competition UIA-HYP Cup started in 2012. It is a platform for the global architectural approach of students to the theme "Architecture in Transformation", an opportunity to express themselves, demonstrate their creative fantasy and skill. Jury members of the competition are leading architects, heads of architectural offices and teachers of famous architectural schools. Taking into account the complex and multifaceted topics chosen for the competitions, and the weight of the jury - this competition is the largest student competition, both in China and in the international arena, and its status continues to grow.
A century ago, only 10% of the world's population lived in cities, and now, according to the UN, this number should rise to 75% by 2050. In addition to this fact, it is worth noting the amazing similarity of modern cities across the planet, and the growth of cities has a huge impact on people and the environment. An analysis and understanding of the interaction between city, architecture and residents, and how we will build our cities, buildings and public spaces, will indeed shape and connect many other facts that will help shape our approach to future cities.

Many cities are increasingly "alien" to nature, there are many "spaces" to be found, but there is no sense of "place" in them. Under such circumstances, what should a person in general and an architect in particular care about?


The participants are offered four adjacent plots, each 200x200 meters to design multifunctional buildings for 2,000 - 8,000 people on each plot. The design language should be different for each site, high-density, low-density buildings - whatever you want. But then you have to add 30% green spaces to the buildings: on top of the buildings, on rooftops, in the yards - wherever you want; or you can increase the percentage of green spaces on one plot by increasing the percentage to 50-60. There should be a metro station in the middle of the four sections; each section should have a different program. The theme of the whole project area is the Media Cultural Centre, and in general it can be seen as an experimental unit with innovative strategies that will serve as a trigger for future urban prototypes.

The contestants are to identify their design solutions for the approximately 8,000 to 32,000 inhabitants of the city of Yanlqing in the western suburb of Tianjin in China. The sites share an urban spatial area with relatively high density. The function of the area should focus on Media and Culture.

The solution should be inspired by the city of Yanlqing, which was selected specifically for the UIA-HYP 2020 competition; however, innovative project strategies, simple and futuristic at the same time, will also be able to contribute as a trigger for future urban prototypes, which will help develop design ideas in the future.

Requirements .

Energy self-sufficiency (produce more energy than the area consumes)

Solar and wind energy as drivers of energy design

Food self-sufficiency

Water self-sufficiency

The ratio of green spaces in urban areas should be at least 30%.

The abundance of sunlight (thanks to the original vertical and horizontal arrangement of buildings)

Invited to participate: students of specialized universities from all over the world. Participation is possible individually and in a team (no more than 4 people).

Questions about the contest can be sent to