Project Goals

As an important birthplace and practical realization of the concept of “Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets”, Lishui has assumed the responsibility of exploring the construction of contemporary ShanShui cities. With this background in mind, we hope to build upon Lishui’s status as a “traditional Chinese ShanShui city” to organically combine the spirit of Chinese ShanShui together with contemporary waterfront urban development concepts. The goal is to methodically construct a Shanshui city spatial framework in order to set a model image for this city typology, to create a new ShanShui city lifestyle, and to explore contemporary, sustainable urban planning strategies.

Project Location

Along Ou River, Liandu District, Lishui City, Zhejiang Province, China

Project Content

This competition includes ➀ Conceptual Overall Urban Design  ➁ Detailed Urban Design:

➀ At the conceptual overall urban design level, the overall scope is “Dwellings in Lishui Mountains”. Taking the Ou River as the axis, the central city of Liandu, Bihu Town, and Dagangtou Town are connected in a series with an overall area of 152 square kilometers. It is necessary to apply the development concepts of a contemporary ShanShui city to research into the symbiotic relationship between landscape and city and to emphasize the spatial model of “Dwellings in Lishui Mountains”. At a macro level, it is also necessary to comprehensively study the spatial layout, implementation of spatial guidelines, and construction of a Shan-Shui lifestyle to propose an implementation plan.

➁ At the detailed urban design level, the scope includes urban central core areas + other regional key parcels. Among these sites, the 4 key plots in the core areas are Wind of Kuocang Mountain, Ancient City Heritage, Rhyme of Sidu, and Guyan Painting Countryside, totaling 5.1 square kilometers. Other key plots in the region are the Portal of Shan-Shui, Ode of Baiyan, Lishui Smart Valley, the Colorful Jiulong, and Bihu Farming and Learning. One plot will be randomly selected by each contestant by drawing lots through a lottery system. (Please refer to the technical brief for work requirements)


Note: The above time is subject to Beijing time, the organizer reserves the right to adjust the schedule.



Open registration and qualification review and proposal selection stage
Participants should register and login the official website and download the related documents:, and submit registration materials and conceptual proposals as required by the brief. The jury will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of all submissions and will select 10 proposals to shortlist for Stage Two.


The formal scheme stage and the finalists  scheme submission and competition review stage

The organizer will coordinate the 10 shortlist members to conduct on-site surveys, answer questions, and select project sites. The 10 members will submit final design documents in accordance with the requirements on the “Technical Brief”, and first, second and third prizes will be selected. (For detailed deliverables, material submission instructions, assessment methods and procedures, please refer to “Future Shan-Shui City • Dwellings in Lishui Mountains International Urban Design Competition Technical Brief”)


During open registration, contestants (independent legal persons, partnerships, and individuals) with relevant domestic and foreign design experience are allowed to participate. Joint venture (JV) registration is allowed, with the number of members of the JV not exceeding three. Members of a JV can no longer participate in this competition under their own name or under a JV with other design agencies.


First Prize

1 First Prize,award RMB 3,000,000 (incl. GST)

Second Prize

1 Second Prize, award RMB 1,500,000 (incl. GST)

Third Prize

1 Third Prize, award RMB 800,000 (incl. GST)

Finalist Award

Each of the shortlisted institutions that submitted qualified deliverables but did not place in the top 3 will receive a design compensation fee of RMB 500,000 (incl. GST).

Any applicant who intends to participate in this solicitation activity shall register first. If you want to know further details about this competition, please feel free to contact AIMIR.  What’s more, you’re more than welcome to touch base with us if you need architectural visualization. AIMIR as an professional CG company with more than 10-year experience in deadling with various architectural proejcts, we are confident that we can make your design flourish!

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