To put the notion of “people-centered development” into effect, Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Planning and Natural Resources has organized a series of competitions themed “Center on People, Design for Cities” since 2018. Focusing on public facilities in urban space, the serial competitions publicly solicit design proposals to create fine public spaces and thus improve the functional quality of cities. Six widely influential events have been held so far, including the Competition for Blood Donation Facilities in Key Areas of Nanjing, the Competition for Nanjing Metro Station Entrance and Exit, the Competition for Micro Stations in Jiangsu Horticultural Expo Garden, the Maigaoqiao Street Covered Bridge Design Competition, the Competition for Landscape Facilities in Nanjing Green Expo Garden, and the “Viewing Pavilion · Micro Building” Design Competition for the Vertical Environment-Community Units in Nanjing. The seventh competition carries on the efforts on small and micro-renewal of urban gaps and space so as to improve people’s livelihood and give expression to local culture.


Under the theme of Micro Settlement-Light Construction,in response to people’s needs for suburban or countryside experience in the post-COVID era, this competition spurs reflections on the outdoor leisure lifestyle – for instance, the emerging trend of camping – which is gaining popularity among China. Participants are encouraged to renew their understanding of contemporary urban space and life and design it with the strategy of landscape urbanism and the notion of “environment-community unit”. It is hoped that our efforts can crystalize into a demonstrative site for post-COVID new lifestyles in Nanjing’s public urban landscape, which are also conducive to economic growth.

This competition is open to participants at home and abroad, and the winning proposal will be implemented. Hopefully, through consultation, joint contribution and sharing, this event can offer an example of small and micro-renewal of post-COVID public urban landscape, facilitate urban renovation and ecological remediation, and thus enhance the gratification and contentment of citizens.

Members of the Academic Steering Committee for this competition include: Prof. Per Olaf Fjeld, Professor Emeritus and former President of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), Prof. Christian Kerez at ETH Zurich, Prof. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto at Tokyo Institute of Technology and lead architect of Atelier Bow-Wow, Prof. Jesús Ulargui Agurruza at U.P.M E.T.S.A.M., Prof. Wang Weijen at Department of Architecture, Hong Kong University and lead architect of Wang Weijen Architecture, Prof. Zhuang Shen at Shanghai Jiaotong University, lead architect of Atelier Archmixing, and Prof. Ge Ming at Southeast University. These experts are invited to formulate the competition task and work as the jury.




Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Planning and Natural Resources

People’s Government of Jiangning District, Nanjing


The Economic and Technological Development Management Committe of Jiangning District,Nanjing

Jiangning Branch of Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Planning and Natural Resources

 Academic Counselors

Prof. Per Olaf Fjeld

Prof. Christian Kerez

Prof. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto

Prof. Jesús Ulargui Agurruza

Prof. Ge Ming

Prof. Wang Weijen

Prof. Zhuang Shen

Executive Agency

Nanjing Creative Design Center



  1. Design Submission

July 15, 2022—October 31, 2022, 24: 00 (deadline for design submission)

  1. Site Survey and Q&A

Site surveys and Q&A sessions will be organized in August 2022.

  1. Jury Review

From November to December 2022, two rounds of jury review will be convened. The preliminary review will determine the shortlisted entries, and the final review will determine the winners of the first, second and third prizes.

  1. Online Voting

In December 2022, the shortlisted entries will be announced for online voting.

  1. Result Announcement

From December 2022 to January 2023, the competition results will be announced.

  1. Commendation and Exhibition

From January to February 2023, the winners will be publicized and commended, and the winning proposals will be displayed in a dedicated exhibition.



  • Contestants

This competition is open to all individuals and organizations in China and abroad. Any design organizations, independent designers, students, and individuals of any other occupation are welcome to participate.

  • Registration

From July 15th, 2022, contestants shall send “Micro-Settlement” to the official WeChat account of the competition organizing committee, named “Nanjing Creative Design Center” (WeChat ID: NDC-CHINA), or visit the official website of Nanjing Creative Design Center ( to download the pertinent materials. The entry form and design plan shall be sent together to [email protected] with subject of “Micro-Settlement · Light Construction

*Contestants can be individuals, teams, or organizations. Design plans that have already been implemented, published, or involved in other competitions are not eligible for participation.


Task Specification

  • Design Targets and Requirements

The site is located in Jiulong Lake Park at the northern end of Jiulong Lake in Jiangning District, Nanjing. With beautiful scenery and plentiful trees, it is now one of the most popular camping destinations in Jiangning. Under the theme of “Micro-Settlement · Light Construction”, two plots are designated as the design targets. You can base your proposal on EITHER of the two plots, designing a set of structures and a camping site, providing facility services and management.


a. Micro-Settlement, Light Construction

Micro-settlement = a set of structures + a camping site.

Design Objective: Provide services and sites for rest, camping, and other activities in the park by means of “micro-settlement”.

Design a set of light-constructed structures, including more than three single buildings or units.

Design a public place and come up with a suitable theme for public activities. Meanwhile, provide support for camping activities, and arrange at least 30 sites for tent put-up (No need to design the tents, but instead, provide flat, small sites of appropriate size to accommodate the tents.).

Site plan drawing requirements: You need to formulate an overall planning of the “micro-settlement” and draw the site plan accordingly.

Construction requirements: Consider the cost and adopt the method of light construction to shorten the construction time and reduce impacts on the site. The existing trees shall not be cut down; avoid excessive influence on the current environment.

The settlements should be orderly, lively, and concerted with each other. Functionally, the settlements should offer an ascending place, maintain a good relationship with the surroundings, and highlight characteristics. It is preferable that a prototype, which is suitable for popularization, can be extracted out of the settlements as designed.

b. Architectural requirements

Function: First of all, satisfy basic service functions such as equipment rental, sales, medical treatment, lookout, etc. Contestants can devise other functions, if any, such as tent put-up, morning yoga, open-air cinema, concerts, etc. The structures should provide both indoor space and some semi-outdoor space.

Height limit: from the highest point of the structures to the ground, the height cannot exceed eight meters.

Area: Devise more than three single buildings or units as supporting facilities for public services. The smallest one should cover 15 square meters, and the overall floorage should be approximately 150 square meters.

c. Site conditions

Located in the park of the northern end of the Jiulong Lake, Jiangning District, each plot covers an area of over 6,000 square meters.

Plot A: by the woods

Located by the woods; waterfront area on its eastern side; flat terrain.

Plot B: turf slope

Located by the lakeside turf slope; varied terrain.

  • Submission Requirements
  1. Contents: A brief description (300 words maximum); Site plan; A complete set of drawings that clearly manifest your design intent (e.g. plan, elevation, section, overall perspective views, detail drawings of a part, etc.). No restriction on the means of manifestation; It is forbidden to show on the drawing any information as to the identity of the designer. Nonobservance will lead to disqualification.
  2. Layout Requirements: Format: Electronic file, either PDF or JPG;Size: 841mm (W) * 1189mm (H);Precision: not less than 300dpi;Page: One page in vertical layout.


Judging & Awards

  • Judging & Awards

From November to December 2022, two rounds of jury review will be convened. The preliminary review will determine the shortlisted entries that are eligible for online voting and the final review. The final review will determine the winners of the first, second and third prizes.

  • Online Voting

In December 2022, the shortlisted entries will be announced for online voting. Based on the voting results, “Award of Online Popularity” will be conferred. This award is also obtainable to winners of the first, second and third prizes.

  • Awards

1 first prize winner, bonus: 100,000 yuan (about US$14,820);

3 second prize winners, bonus: 50,000 yuan (about US$7,400) for each;

6 third prize winners, bonus: 20,000 yuan (about US$2,960) for each;

6 winners of Award of Online Popularity, bonus: RMB 5,000 (about US$740) for each.

Note: The bonus amounts above are pre-tax.

Other rewards

  1. The winning designers and plans will be announced and commended;
  2. Selected award-winning plans will be carried out for construction.
  3. Certificates will be conferred upon the winning organizations and individuals.
  4. The winning designers will be included in the designer pool of Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Planning and Natural Resources and recommended for other urban design projects.



  • Contestants must truthfully fill in personal information and meet all the requirements of this event, if any. Organizational contestants must have the entry form stamped with the official seal and submit a scanned copy of the business license (also stamped). Individual contestants must sign the entry form and submit a scanned copy of the personal ID card (also signed). Incomplete submission will result in disqualification. The entry form shall be submitted digitally as a scanned copy or photo.
  • Contestants should complete the design task as required. Each contestant can only submit one proposal. The submitted proposal must be complete; incomplete proposals will be deemed invalid. Submission of multiple proposals will result in disqualification.
  • Contestants should guarantee the originality of the submissions. Verified plagiarism will result in disqualification.
  • The copyright of the winning entries is jointly possessed by the designer and the organizing committee. During the follow-up construction, the detailed design of the working drawings will be entrusted to the original designer as a priority choice, or alternatively, to a third-party institution. The copyright of the non-shortlisted entries belongs to the designer.
  • The organizing committee reserves the right of final explanation for the competition rules.



  • Hotline: 025-58505301   *From Monday to Friday, 9:00-17:30



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