Shanghai Urban Design Challenge sticks to the principle of “open, sharing, innovation”, takes advantage of open government data and keeps committed to building a crowd planning platform based on the internet, big data and public participation so as to improve the government’s planning management with open planning and big data. The Challenge bases itself on the actual situation of Shanghai, selects several influential public or people’s livelihood projects every year, has these projects published on the internet and gathers creative ideas worldwide to provide support for planning management practice. Since the event was held 4 years ago, it has attracted about 1000 design teams from more than 30 cities at home and abroad, which has greatly diversified explorations for Shanghai’s urban design and renewal.

It is proposed in the “Shanghai Master Plan 2035” that Shanghai will be built into an excellent global city and world-class socialist modern cosmopolis. As a state-level development zone approved by the State Council in 1990, Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone is an iconic area representing China to participate in international competition. According to the “Thirteenth Five-Year Plan” for Shanghai Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone and Shanghai Free Trade Zone Lujiazui Area, Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone will be built into an international top financial city, world-class CAZ, finance & trade system innovation pilot area and strategic pivot of developing Shanghai into a global city. To align this area with the planning guidance of the Thirteenth Five-year Plan and provide more competitive spatial carrier for Shanghai to become a global city, some areas of the Central Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone (Little Lujiazui) are selected as the design target and “more globally competitive business district” as the design objective to explore land stock update of business district in terms of its function and vitality improvement,slow-traffic space quality improvement, multi-subject business district renewal mechanism and smart street.

Project Introduce

Design objective

Based on the design objective of “more globally competitive business district”, it aims to explore land stock update of business district in terms of business district function and vitality improvement, business district slow-traffic space continuity and quality improvement, multi-subject business district renewal mechanism and smart street.

Design Scope

The design scope covers 7 blocks north and east of the Central Greenbelt, which is an enclosed area of about 44.9 hectares from Century Avenue-Lujiazui Ring Road-Dongyuan Road-Binjiang Avenue-Pudong South Road-Century Avenue-Lujiazui Ring Road to Yincheng Middle Road.

Design Objective

Use big data and conventional analytics methods to analyze the characteristics of people’s demands at the business district and current issues of the built environment, put forward an urban design plan based on this and carry out the detailed design for key issues. Focus and design requirements are indicated below: (the 1st and 2nd are compulsory, and the 3rd and 4th optional.) 1) Focus on improving functional diversity and vitality of business district 2) Focus on improving slow-traffic space continuity and quality of business district 3) Explore multi-subject business district renewal mechanism 4) Focus on smart street planning.


Method of providing data

After successful registration, participants may log in to the official website and download data in the “Download Center”. Click the analytics tool “Baidu Map Smarteye” on home page to do online big data analysis. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data.

Result submission form

Participants should upload the result to the official website before the deadline.
Log in to the official website, upload the result by “Log in-Participant center-Result submission”. The result should be uploaded separately according to the prompt, and the final file uploaded will prevail (previous ones will be overridden).


Registration deadline • October.16,24:00,2020

Result submission • Oct.31,24:00,2020

Preliminary Review • Early Nov,2020

Final Review • Late Nov,2020

Award ceremony• Dec,2020

Awards setting

Each target site sets awards as follows:

(Note: related prizes may go vacant, and the above awards are subject to tax)


The result review is scheduled to take place in mid October, and experts of the judging panel will determine award-winning works. The organizer will publish the list of award-winning works in two weeks after the final review.


The design copyright of all award-winning works belongs to designers, and the organizer is entitled to use them. Award-winning designers should not use their own plan for other projects. The organizer reserves the final right of interpretation.
All data provided by the organizer (text, drawing, electronic data, etc.) are protected by the copyright. Without authorization, any act of reproduction, revision, publication or transfer shall be prohibited, otherwise the offender will be held legally accountable and disqualified for the competition.

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