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UN-HABITAT 2018 International Urban Design Student Competition, Wuhan

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Wuhan Land Use and Spatial Planning Research Center (WLSP) are organizing an international student competition to call for creative and innovative proposals for a vacant waterfront site located in Wuhan inner-city, at the confluence of Yangtze and Han rivers. The competition is part of the UN-HABITAT-WLSP programme “People Oriented Urban Public Spaces” for China.

The competition focuses on 5 general themes: Improving and innovating urban public spaces; Revitalization of waterfront spaces; Revalorizing industrial heritage; Socially inclusive and compact inner-city centers; Creating new tourism destinations. These themes occur in the context of rapidly developing metropolitan cities with historical centers, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs), as well as the transformative implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

The competition is open to international students of Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Economics and other relevant disciplines globally. Applicants can enroll as an individual or as a team.

Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province, China. The city, with a population of 10.91 million, is located at the Yangtze River and Han River in the center of China, where major rail and highway networks all cross here. The city is renowned for its large student population, car factories and high-tech industries. UN-HABITAT and WLSP begin collaborating since 2016 and will jointly organize Wuhan Placemaking Week in late 2018, where the competition finalists will be invited to present their proposals.

Organizers: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Wuhan Land Use and Spatial Planning Research Center (WLSP)
Registration: before June 30, 2018; registration is done by sending the registration form by email to
Submission: before August 15, 2018; all competition submission shall also be sent to the same email address (above)
Evaluation: 10 finalists will be selected by 15 September 2018. The best three submissions will be invited to Wuhan in the second week of November 2018, where the final selection will be done
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June 30, 2018 to November 15, 2018
Call for proposals
  • 2018/06/30 - 2018/11/15

  • Wuhan