AIM Competition 2013, Chinese Building Contest, Ya’an Sichuan Design

AIM Competition China: Design Contest

Ya’an Sichuan Design Contest, China

11 Apr 2014 + 6 Jul 2012

AIM Competition China 2013 Winners

Recently, 2013 AIM Competition “Post Earthquake Reconstruction, Ya’an Sichuan——Rebuild Panda’s hometown from the earthquake” has announced the winners of the four awards.

The Ya’an Earthquake occurred at 08:02 Beijing Time (00:02 UTC) on April 20, 2013. The epicenter was located in Lushan County, Ya’an, Sichuan, about 116 km (72 mi) from Chengdu along the Longmenshan Fault in the same province heavily impacted by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

AIM use the Snow Mountain village as this year’s competition base model, and ask participants to pay close attention to the master planning of the village, and at the same time to develop new business models for local villagers for economic growth.

Check out the winning AIM Competition China entries below.

Scenic Village Planning Award
Zhe Peng/ Zhenru Zhou/ Zhang Qu (Tsinghua University)

Architecture Renovation Award
Tianxiang Zhang/ Hai Xie/ Xiaoxu Yan/ Lin Yang (Tianjin University)

Innovative Production Award
Pengwei Xing/ Wei Liu/Junhao Huang/ Yulong Li/ Puzhao Qiu/ Xiaotian Luo/ Chang Liu/ Wanyu Wu/ Jinhai Wu (South China University of Technology)

Sustainable Development Award
Xiaoxiao Dong (Tsinghua University)
Yu Jing (Huazhong University of Science and Technology)

AIM Competition 2013 Winners information / images from AIM

AIM Competition 2013

Architects In Mission (AIM)

2013 AIM Competition

Post Earthquake Reconstruction
Ya’an Sichuan – Rebuild Panda’s Hometown from the Earthquake

Email: [email protected]

Awards : USD 16,000

Scenic Village Planning Award : USD 5,000
Architecture Renovation Award : USD 5,000
Innovative Production Award : USD 3,000
Sustainable Development Award : USD 3,000

Due Date: 14th January, 2014

AIM Competition China
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2013.4.20 Yaan Earthquake

The Ya’an Earthquake occurred at 08:02 Beijing Time (00:02 UTC) on April 20, 2013. The epicenter was located in Lushan County, Ya’an, Sichuan, about 116 km (72 mi) from Chengdu along the Longmenshan Fault in the same province heavily impacted by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The magnitude of the earthquake was measured at Ms 7.0 by China Earthquake Data Center. 1,815 aftershocks have been recorded as of 00:00 (UTC+8h) April 22.

The village

200 years ago, Snow Mountain village was belonged to the Tibet region; until now there are still many Tibetan customs that are observed in the village. At the same time, local people also think that this is the area where people discovered the giant panda for the first time. Even nowadays, from time to time, villagers still get to visit the pandas to feed them or help them on medical conditions.

After the earthquake, all the buildings in the village were seriously damaged or fallen apart. More than 10 people got injured with 2 people were seriously injured. The road connecting the village to the nearby town was also broken, water system was disabled. 400 people have trouble getting potable water. There are 107 families without permanent shelter and 14 families whose houses are in need of repair.

AIM Challenge

The AIM Challenge

We are proposing 25 Out of the 100 families in Snow Village will be programmed into a family style hotel, which will be first managed by hotel professional, sales experts, then later run by the villages themselves. Each villa consists of two parts: house and hotel with separate entrance for privacy and a common space for interaction. Unlike traditional hotel, each family has their own unique story to share and visitors can have a chance to experience local culture and rural family tradition.

The other 50 families will be programmed into food production model, which is responsible for agriculture and farming in order to support local food chain. In this model, visitor can experience local farming method and get to know the life of farmers. The rest of 25 families will be the support line for the service chain, such as laundry, maintenance, repair and light construction. Participants are also encouraged to propose new business models for villages but the proportion should remain as above: 25:50:25.

You may also find an empty lot next to the old village. This is intended to be left out for participants to give it a new function. It could be visitor center, club house…etc. Our AIM this year is to create a brand new programming concept to utilize the traditional format of the Snow Mountain Village and to design a new village that belongs to the local culture. We also encourage participants to contribute different ideas on programming and village layout to enhance the discussion of how to preserve and innovate at the same time!

Submission Requirements

This is a digital competition and hard copy proposals will not be accepted. All entries are to be submitted via e-mail before 14th January, 2014 (hours 24:00 Beijing Time) to: [email protected]

Your attachment will include:

1. 4 boards in A1 format, including floor plans, sections, elevations and images (300dpi)
2. A maximum 500-words written report explaining your design intent in A4 format. (Chinese and English bilingual or English only.)
3. A4 sheet state your name, contact details, affiliation and recent photo.
4. The subject of email should be “AIM Competition / participant’s (or team’s) name / category i.e. AIM Competition / Ying Chang / Architecture Renovation Award & Sustainable Development Award
5. AIM appreciate if you can submit a 3-5 minute video which presents your design philosophy, contents need be included brief introduction of participants, project’s summary description combining with boards. Video format: MPEGAVIMP4, etc.

Your submission should not exceed 20MB.

You will receive a confirmation letter after we download your submission.

Location: Lushan County, Ya’an, Sichuan, China

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