Registration Closes: 5 Apr 2021

Submission Deadline: 6 Apr 2021

Result Announcement: 3 Jun 2021



Richard Registerfirst coined the term ‘Eco-city’ in 1987 as "a human settlement modelled on the self-sustaining resilient structure and function of natural ecosystems".

Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city is considered to be the first citywide testing ground for environmental standards relating to air quality and carbon emissions. The scheme began in 2007 and is a collaboration between the government of China and Singapore.

The city is envisioned to be a place that is socially harmonious, environmentally-friendly, and resource-efficient – a model for sustainable development. In order to achieve this, the entire planning and development of the city is guided by a comprehensive set of 22 quantitative and 4 qualitative Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Through this project, they intend to create a model for an eco-city that is practical, replicable, and scalable.

Eco-cities aim for creating an eco-friendly place for the citizens just like the Sino Singapore Tianjin Eco-city. However, the Key Indicators that drive these cities often lack the larger idea of it belonging to a particular location and its inhabitants, in this case- China.

But it is also important to inculcate practising sustainable living at a grassroots level. Despite eco-cities run towards a utopian goal of sustainability. But the speed of growth can be a very huge factor that can overrun thin strings that tie culture and society together. While growth can’t be stopped, places to sustain culture should be always placed while cities grow by leaps and bounds.

How can architecture be used as an important tool to imbibe the ancient culture of China in the 21st-century eco-city?


Design Challenge - Propose a Cultural Center for Sino Singapore Tianjin Eco-City that aims to encourage citizens to keep the culture of the community alive within this new kind of living in fast-growing megacities.


The entries will be judged by an international jury of the competition on the following criteria:

Presentation: The fundamental to a good entry is a visual delivery of ideas.

Concept/Idea: Quality of thought and intent in the pre-design phase.

Spaces/Programme: How the spaces are calculated and ordered.

Design Outcome The final architectural outcome of the solution.

The judging panel can also add other criteria based on their internal discussions - which will be in line with the problem statement. Participants are advised to fulfil above given criteria first in their design. Names of the jury panel will be announced soon.


People's Choice: e-certificate

Winner: 200 USD Cash+E certificate

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