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The A5 Student Challenge Program Guidebook

1.The Theme of the Program

The theme of the program is to work out a conceptual plan for the construction of a University Park in Hainan Island in south China. The University Park will be shared by five top tier Chinese universities with their branch campuses. It includes China Agricultural University, Ocean University of China, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and the Wuhan University of Technology. The basic considerations of university park are as follows.

(1) Shared Campus

The five universities will share common education facilities such as the library, classroom building, dining hall, gymnasium and sports fields, concert hall, etc. with each other in this university park. Each university will also has its independent administration buildings, laboratory buildings, and college buildings there. For the convenience of information access, the design work is recommended to focus on the common facilities shared by five universities and the campus for China Agricultural University.

(2) Chinese International Campus

Planned as a future leading education organization in China’s Free Trade Zone, the university park is expected to be multi-cultural. On the one hand, it shows the openness of local education to the global community. On the other hand, it inherits the tradition of Chinese culture that inspired the country to made successful developments.

(3) Eco-friendly Campus

The campus design is supposed to integrate with Eco-friendly concepts, which include but are not limited to (a) energy efficiencies, such as daylight, solar energy, cooling system, and ventilation; (b) sustainable building materials, such as recycled or second hand materials, such as reclaimed lumber, stone and recycled copper; (c) new materials that can be rapidly replenished, such as bamboo, sorghum or wheat straw and so on; (d) Waste management, such as on-site waste management, which incorporates things such as greywater systems for use on garden beds, and composting toilets to reduce sewage, and on-site food waste composting and off-site recycling.

(4) Agriculture Campus

The campus designed for China Agricultural University needs to take advantage of the tropical climate for campus greening with agriculture subject specialties. It calls for the aesthetic use of agriculture plants for meeting the needs of student experimental study, scientific research, and campus greening. Agriculture and food tools, machinery, and products are also encouraged for campus beautification.

2. Site Description

The site of the planned University Park is located in Yazhou Bay Sci & Tech City, which controlled the detailed planning area is 26.1 square kilometers. The Sci & Tech Park mainly composed of “One port, Three Parks and One base”, which is Nanshan Port, South China Seed Breeding Sci & Tech Park, Deep Sea Sci & Tech Park, University Park, and Global Animal& Plant Germplasm Transfer Base.


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Figure 1. Planning of Sci &Tech City

The 454hm² site located in the south of Yazhou Historic city, the estuary of Ningyuan River. It is the settlement of the Dan () people (a group of people living on the water with special religion and culture) from history. The natural environment of the site has the representative ecological characteristics of the estuary. Dan people have a special local culture and land use pattern.


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Figure 2. Condition of the Site

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Figure 3. Yazhou Ancient City

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Figure 4. Local Cultural Activities


3. Programming of the University Park

(1) The positioning of Yazhou Sci & Tech City:

Ÿ   Strengthening the construction of National South China Breeding Scientific Research Base.

Ÿ   Supporting the construction of Global Animal & Plant Germplasm Transfer Base in Hainan.

Ÿ   Developing marine science & technology and the deep-sea sci & tech research.


(2) The positioning of the University Park:

World-class research base, especially in the field of breeding and deep-sea Science and technology.


(3) The University/Research Institute Involved:

Ÿ   China Agriculture University: Breeding, Horse Germplasm, Green Agriculture

Ÿ   Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Deep-Sea Sci & Tech Research

Ÿ   Wuhan University of Technology: Marine Building Materials and Civil Engineering

Ÿ   Zhejiang University: Marine Rauch, Marine Geotechnical Engineering

Ÿ   Ocean University of China: Marine Environmental Monitoring


(4) Public Research Platform

The University Park will provide world-class research platforms for the five universities. The other facilities such as the library, classroom building, dining hall, gymnasium and sports fields, concert hall, etc. will also be shared to encourage cross-school Communication.


4. The Requirement of the Planning and Design Work

The program will consist of the “1+X” initiatives, with the “1” referring to the overall conceptual plan of the campus, and the “X” referring to the special planning and detailed design for one or several themes to support the overall plan of the campus.


(1) Overall Conceptual Plan of the Campus

To plan and design an international campus which is in harmony with the surrounding ecological environment and supported by high quality shared service facilities.

Each team should submit the following contents: site location chart, site status analysis chart, conceptual planning general plan, planning structure analysis chart, aerial view, perspective rendering of the important nodes, other necessary drawings, and text descriptions.


(2) Specific Design for One or Several Theme to Support the Overall Plan of the Campus

Choose one or more themes which could support to strengthen the overall conceptual plan (e.g., water circulation system, green space system, core space of the campus, etc.), and carry out further detailed design or planning.

Each team submits the following contents: the site status analysis chart, planning analysis chart, planning schematic chart and other necessary drawings and text descriptions related to the special planning and location of design site (location in the general conceptual planning plan), site status analysis chart, plan, aerial view, perspective rendering and other necessary drawings and text descriptions related to the detailed design.





5. Competition Schedule and Expected Outcomes


(1) December 17th-21th 2019, First Program Meeting

The first program meeting is arranged in Sanya City, Hainan Island in three days for program organizers, all students, and supervisors.


The contents of the meeting are as follow:

Ÿ   Academic Coordinator and the representative of the Supervisors will explain the challenge theme and rules, requirements on the Mid-term report and Final work.

Ÿ   Students will meet each other and form international teams. Supervisors also meet and pick student teams.

Ÿ   A field investigation will be organized during the meeting, and all student teams will have a chance to investigate the current situation of the site (e.g., educational needs, geographical and cultural specialties of the campus, etc.) and collect data. After that, each team should complete the field investigation report according to their own cognition of the site and the surrounding conditions and then make and present slides in order to introduce their fieldwork results.

Ÿ   Students of each team will exchange ideas and hold group meetings. In each student team, students will also discuss the teamwork specification and distributions among team members.


(2) 23 March 2020, Midterm Report

Each team starts the design work after the First Program Meeting. Team members and supervisors will work virtually by telecommunication and Wechat. Each team should submit the design progress and communication process through the website every two weeks from January 6. The mid-term work report is required to be submitted before 23rd March 2020. The team fails to sumbit the midterm report or poor design progress might be terminated from further participation.


In this stage, each team should complete the following contents:

Ÿ   A conceptual and holistic master plan for the university park.  (90% completed)

Ÿ   Make various special plans that cooperate with the master plan. (60% completed)

Ÿ   Deepen the design of some nodes of the master plan. (40% completed)


Each team should submit a related description, images, and photos in relation to the plan online. The submission should include but not limited to the following documents:

Ÿ   Written report, photos, and videos (less than three minutes long) of the progress of the teamwork.

Ÿ   Site Location Chart

Ÿ   Site Status Analysis Chart

Ÿ   Conceptual Planning General Plan

Ÿ   Planning Structure Analysis Chart

Ÿ   Aerial View

Ÿ   Perspective Rendering of Important Nodes

Ÿ   Other Necessary Drawings and Text Descriptions


(3) 27th - 30th June 2020, Final Competition

(3.1) Preliminary Challenge Program

The last 48-hour workshop will be done in Hainan Island. Student teams should complete their planning and design work, prepare the architecture model or video, and launch rehearsal of the challenge.


Each team should submit the following documents before the end of the workshop:

Ÿ   A brief description (maximum 500 words): a written summary of the design work, presenting the concept based on the author’s or the team’s understanding regarding the meaning of “1+X” in this specific context. Describe issues to be addressed, main features, and innovations. This is for potential use in the jury report or any subsequent publications. This must be saved as a PDF and include the project title, but with no mention of name of the team or any university. The text must be left-aligned and double spaced, in Times New Roman, font 12.

Ÿ   A0 size presentation boards in PDF form of the project (numbered in the order they should be viewed). These should be prepared to be viewed as full-sized posters (4 panels) in portrait format. The panels must include the project title, but no information that would identify the author, the team, or the university. As entries are received, serial numbers will be assigned, and entries shall be referred to by number to ensure anonymity during the judging. The final product, when printed at 100% size, must comprise a maximum of four (4) A0 posters.  

Ÿ   A3 size portfolio in PDF form of the project. The portfolio should include the contents which have been mentioned in Chapter 4.

Ÿ   Authors also can optionally submit models or multimedia presentations.


In addition, each team is required to take photos and videos (less than six minutes long) of the process for the program presentation for the selection of the Teamwork Prize.


(3.2) Final Challenge Program

The finals will consist of two parts. In the first half, each team will be given 20 minutes to show their entry on-site, followed by 10 minutes to share their thoughts about the competition and 10 minutes of Q&A. In the second half, student teams are free to show their entries and exchange ideas with the audience.


(3.3) Judging and Prizes

The judges review and vote on the entries and finalize prize winners.


(3.4) Other Requirements

Please note the following:

Ÿ   Include enough information to provide and present your concept and design (for example, air photo, analyses, diagrams, and other context information).

Ÿ   Provide a range of drawings at a range of scales that are appropriate for the purposes of illustrating the project.

Ÿ   Make sure to provide a clear and concise description of the intentions of the project, special issues or considerations, methods, and concepts (maximum 500 words). Notes and captions should be minimal and are not included in the word count.

Ÿ   The entrants must ensure that all images, photographs, and other material taken from other sources are correctly attributed. Source credits are not included in the word count.

Ÿ   PDF files of posters and portfolios must have a 300-dpi resolution.

Ÿ   It is the responsibility of the authors/teams to guarantee that the final images and files are in the size and resolution adequate to their reading.


6. Prizes and Honors

There will be five prizes given:

One Championship Prize, given with Prize Certificate and 2,000 USD (Pretax) One Innovation Prize, given with Prize Certificate and 1,000 USD (Pretax)

One Best Performance Prize, given with Prize Certificate and 1,000 USD (Pretax)

One Team Cooperation Prize, given with Prize Certificate and 1,000 USD (Pretax)

Two Outstanding Supervisors, given with Prize Certificate and Program Special Gifts


7. Program Rules

The entry must be originally designed. Any acts of plagiarism will disqualify the competitor from the challenge program. Judges of the challenge shall not act as instructors of the competitors.

Student teams are allowed to change a maximum of one team member after the first program meeting in Hainan Island.


Any external experts or companies offering assistance during the competition must be approved by the operation committee and included in the signature of the entry.