Tube 8×8×300 地下通道改造竞赛 conceptual design competition, Kunming, China, 2020

Tube 8×8×300 地下通道改造竞赛 conceptual design competition, Kunming, China, 2020
  • Type: open international single-stage ideas competition.
  • Registration fee: free.
  • Registration deadline: 7 May 2020 23:59 UTC+8.
  • Submission deadline: 7 May 2020 23:59 UTC+8.
  • Winners announcement: 20 May 2020.
  • Awards: ¥85,000.
  • Organizer: Daren Industry Group Hong Kong Research Center.
  • Location: city Kunming (Capital of Yunnan Province, China).
  • Official website/webpage: mp.weixin.qq.com.
  • Contacts: [email protected].

Theme and background

Complexity makes the attractiveness of cities, while the attractiveness is not only from diverse functions, people and story mingled in certain place, but also the constantly changing of needs over time. Designers is a group who have a sharp eye of these ‘changes’. In the processes of global Urban Micro Regeneration, many cases which turned dust into glory, converted ordinary into extraordinary, fulfilled the new needs and made new life experience are brought by designers from various fields. 
In city Kunming (Capital of Yunnan Province, China), there is an evacuation passageway which is 8m in height 8m in width totally 300m in length, connecting several sunken entrance plazas of a big underground shopping mall. This evacuation passageway, giant in volume, center of this site, should be functioned more than just an 'evacuation tube'. We look forward to innovative ideas which can make this passageway an attractive place, and moreover, part of daily life of the communities nearby and the whole city.
How will you renovate this space? Could it be a museum, a place with pop up store or a workshop center with innovation programs? Designers and students from fields of architecture, interior design, interaction design, service design, art etc are welcome to this conceptual competition, surprising the city with exciting ideas! We are expecting your creative views and ambitious plan!
Candidates may respond from perspectives of spacial design, interaction design, service design etc (or mix of them), and choose the whole or part of the passageway as site for your proposal. 
Tube 8×8×300 地下通道改造竞赛 conceptual design competition, Kunming, China, 2020
Tube 8×8×300 地下通道改造竞赛 conceptual design competition, Kunming, China, 2020
Tube 8×8×300 地下通道改造竞赛 conceptual design competition, Kunming, China, 2020
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1. Awards
  • 1st Place: 1 entry × ¥50,000 
  • 2nd Place: 2 entries × ¥10,000 
  • 3rd Place: 3 entries × ¥5,000
  • honorable mention: 20 entries (Certification + Publication)
  • Finalist: 50 entries (Certification + Publication)
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2. All the awards entries will be exhibited on site in July and August, and published on media.


  • Innovation in renovating the space
  • Attractiveness to citizens and visitors
  • Technical feasibility
  • Clarity of visual presentation


  • Dr. Yi Chen, Professor, Tongji University; National 1st Class Registered Architect; Visiting Professor, UNIPV, Italy; Committee members, Environmental Art Design, Chinese Artists Association.
  • Dr. Javier Fernández Contreras, Dean & Associate professor, Department of Interior Architecture at HEAD – Genève, Switzerland; Author, Fragmentos de Planta y Espacio (Ediciones Asimétricas, 2019); Author, The Miralles Projection (Oro Editions, 2020); Nomination, Design Prize Switzerland; Co-curator, Scènes de Nuit exhibition at f’ar Lausanne.
  • Dr. Wu Deng, Associate Professor in Sustainable Architecture, University of Nottingham; Head of the Sustainable Built Environment Research Group, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Science and Engineering; Certified Passive House Designer, Passive House Institute in Germany.
  • Simone Rebaudengo, Founding Partner, oio.studio; Partner, automato.com; Former Principal Designer, Designworks A BMW Group Company; Visiting Lecturer, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.
  • Dr. Hiroyuki Shinohara, Assistant professor & Course Director (Arch), University of Nottingham; Former Director of Design Practice, Perkins + Will, Shanghai; PhD in Architecture, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan; Master of Architecture (advanced placement), Harvard GSD, USA.
  • Andrew Millar, Service and Interaction Design Consultant, UK; Mentor, London College of Communication, UK; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK; MDes Service Design Innovation, London College of Communication, UK.
  • Youge Xiao, Design Lead, YITU Tech; Former Interaction Designer, Frog (Amsterdam&Shanghai); Honers Master of Strategic Product Design, TU Delft.
  • Megan Connolly, Founder, ChART Contemporary Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, China and USA; Art Consultant, Audemars Piguet; Former Art Consultant, Sotheby’s, Hong Kong and New York.
  • Benny Hong, Director, Daren Industry Group Hong Kong Research Center; Partner, Shanghai Daren Construction Engineering Company; Exchange PhD Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; Lab: Laboratory of Manufacturing and Productivity.


  • Registration deadline: 7 May 2020 23:59 UTC+8
  • Submission deadline: 7 May 2020 23:59 UTC+8
  • Evaluation: 8-18 May 2020
  • Winners announcement: 20 May 2020
  • Exhibition: July-August 2020

Registration & Submission

Link for downloading dwg files, on-site photos, etc. will be sent after registration.
Things to submit:
  • One digital poster ( landscape layout, 800mm x 450m, 300dpi, RGB mode/JPG format, maximum file size 20M), named as ' your registration number'. For example: 0102.jpg
  • A description of your project (no longer than 500 words in English, chinese translation is optional, doc format), named as 'your registration number-statement'. For example: 0102-statement.doc
  • A description of your team (in English, or English + Chinese, doc format, template file will be sent with resources of site), named as 'your registration number-team'. For example: 0102-team.doc
Language: English or English + Chinese.
Please submit your proposal to [email protected], and entitle your email 'Submission-your registration number'. For example: Submission-0102

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