Un-Habitat International Urban Design Student Competition, Wuhan

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Un-Habitat International Urban Design Student Competition, Wuhan

UN-Habitat in collaboration with the Wuhan Land Use and Spatial Planning Research Centre (WLSP) is pleased to announce UN-HABITAT International Urban Design Student Competition. WLSP is looking for creative and innovative urban design ideas from students for a vacant waterfront site in inner-city Wuhan, China.

The competition is open to international students of Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Economics and other relevant disciplines globally.

The competition is part of the UN-Habitat – WLSP programme “People Orientated Urban Public Spaces” and covers the following 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.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Students from around the world are invited to participate in this competition.
  • Students of Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Economics and other relevant disciplines globally.
  • All level of students participate such as undergraduate and graduate are eligible to apply
  • Applicants can enroll as an individual or as a team. Team sizes are open.
  • Each applicant in the team must be enrolled in a certified program on June 30, 2018. When registering for the competition, enrollment information must be submitted.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, the applicants must download the registration form and e-mail to wuhan.competition@yahoo.com.


  • One team can only submit one proposal and individuals cannot participate in more than one team.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • The official language of the competition is English, the working language of UN-Habitat internationally; in case of doubt, the English language documents prevail.

Submission Requirements:

  • Submissions must follow strictly the following format:
  • Three (or less) posters, each having an A1 format and with portrait orientation.
  • Poster 1: Approach, explaining the urban ideas developed in the project with regards to the proposed site and context issues, 2. Poster 2: Design – presenting the project as a whole, highlighting the urban design and architecture concepts, 3. Poster 3: Public space strategies and themes, elaborating the public space strategies and themes in the design
  • One abstract (word file) of maximum 5000 characters including spaces and covering maximum 2 pages A4, portrait orientation. Font space is no smaller than 10.
  • All files must be formatted as PDF files and must be sent as follows: i). One single file with the 3 posters in reduced size and the abstract of max 2 MB. ii). Each poster separate with a maximum of 5 MB per poster, iii). Abstract separately with a maximum of 1 MB.
  • Each poster has the registration number of the applying team in the upper right corner, in the format 00345/1-3, whereby “00345” is the serial number and “/1-3” indicates the poster number and the total number of posters. The numbers will be precisely 2 cm high in all A1 posters and in full black Arial Bolt font.
  • The filenames shall be, assuming here for applicant no. 00345
  • i). “UNHABITATWUHAN_00345_i.pdf” for the single file of all documents, ii). “UNHABITATWUHAN_00345_ (ii-1.pdf” for the first individual poster, ii-2. pdf for the second poster and ii-3. pdf for the third), iii). “UNHABITATWUHAN_00345_iii.pdf” for the stand-alone abstract.
  • As said above, the single submission email shall have the title: “SUBMISSION UNHABITATWUHAN 00345”.


  • 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

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is June 30, 2018, at 23:59 GMT+8 (China time zone).

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