REVIVING MINES Shandong Park: Meet the Winners and Hounourable Mentions!
1ST PLACE: Gallery of the Anthropocene
by Simeon Chua and Felipe Coral
Simeon is a designer based in Singapore and Melbourne, Australia. His work is currently focussed on developing a stronger relationship between Architecture and Landscape, to form a part of a larger toolbox with the ability to tackle key issues facing society both today and tomorrow.
“It is always an invigorating experience to work on a project with such a unique geographical, historical and cultural context. Combined with the relative design freedom and well-thought-out requirements of the brief, Felipe and I found it easy to discover what the project wanted to be. This project posits, through a romantic lens, that our efforts against the very worst effects of the Anthropocene must, in whatever shape or form or manner, inspire hope.”
Felipe is a Colombian-Canadian landscape designer based in Melbourne, Australia. His work focuses on the relevance of cultural expression and informal urban activity in shaping public landscapes.
“Participating in the Reviving Mines competition was a unique opportunity for me to collaborate with an incredibly talented architect like Simeon and to put my creative and design skills at work in a beautifully disturbed landscape like Shandong’s mining region. To me, this competition illustrates some of the best of what landscape and architecture have to offer: ideas for a better future rooted in the deep cultural and industrial layers of human history.”
2ND PLACE: Minesmorphosis
by Stefano Zugno
“I am Stefano Zugno, an architect from Italy recently graduated from IUAV – University of Venice in 2019. I have had the opportunity to work in international architecture companies in Copenhagen, where I currently live. I love working on projects that are greatly related to the environment and culturally enhance the area potential.
Participating in a NonArchitecture competition that was focused on a unique site has been an exciting and inspiring challenge that allowed me to discover more about Shandong peculiarities. NonArchitecture has given the chance to develop my idea and elaborate a proposal without strict boundaries.
Designing Minesmorphosis has enriched my professional experience and I am looking forward to new thrilling competitions in the future.”
3RD PLACE: LOST LANDSCAPE
by Denys Zhdanov
I am an independent designer, graduated from The Fine Arts School of Bordeaux in France (Master’s Degree in Design) and the Prydniprovs’ka State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture in Ukraine (Bachelor Degree in Architecture).
I am interested in different ways to reappropriate an urban, suburban or natural space. Thus, for each project, I start by observing changes of the manmade environment caused by human activity in different contexts: people make decisions about public or private space by transforming it physically without the participation of designers, architects of urban planners. These re-appropriations become the starting points for my projects, which I develop in different scales (human scale, the scale of an object, architectural scale, urban scale or landscape scale).
The participation in the “Reviving mines: Shandong Park” competition was a great opportunity for me.
I was excited to create a project integrated to this picturesque and poetic environment that was evaluated in an interesting way because of the human activity. Also, due to an open program, the creators of different fields of design and architecture felt free in a creative process, which finally gave birth to very interesting concepts.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Refold: Our Past Retold
by Andrei Ciprian Cojocaru and Lucian Mocanu
Andrei Ciprian Cojocaru
“I have started my journey in architecture in Romania before coming to study at the University of Greenwich in London. My undergraduate studies culminated with receiving the SOM Award as part of the RIBA President’s Medals in 2017. Following my year out, I continued my studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and have kept high ambitions throughout my studies and career. I seek to find new opportunities that will push my architectural skills to new heights.
I enjoyed taking part in this competition, especially curating ideas and creating a vision that will manifest into a design proposal. Non-Architecture competition offered us a great opportunity to push our design skills further. I am grateful to have received one of the 6 Honorable Mentions for
‘Reviving Mines’ competition.”
“I am originally from Romania and completed my Masters in Architecture in the United Kingdom at the University of Greenwich. As a young designer, I started my career in architecture by founding Arch4D, a design studio orientated towards creating new bridges between designer, client and user. I want to challenge myself in establishing a new business model and architectural design approach that is driven by adaptability for an ever-changing future.
I had a valuable experience working on ideas to revive the mines in Shandong in the context of the competition offered by Non-Architecture. The brief inspired myself and Andrei to look into a wide variety of options for the site. I have learned a lot about the problems that occur following the mining process, methods to rehabilitate such areas as well as the Shandong region and local culture.
I am looking forward to other opportunities that Non-Architecture will offer in the future as I enjoyed working on this brief and we are delighted to have been awarded an Honorable Mention.”
HONOURABLE MENTION: The footprints of light
by Adrián Puentes, Nahuel Beccan Davila and Cristian Chilano
Adrián Puentes – Project leader. Expert in strategic urban and landscape planning and architecture
Adrian (1975) is an experienced architect skilled in participatory urban planning, sustainable design, water management, and design research. Strong arts and design professional with a Master of Arts in Architecture (MArch) from Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (NL).
Nahuel Beccan Davila Expert in strategic urban and landscape planning, water sensitive and integrated design
Nahuel (1963) is an urban planner and architect, with extensive experience working on local and international projects. He has contributed to a number of designs and in which Building with Nature, Nature-Based Solutions, and urban resilience have been the main strategies.
Cristian Chilano 3D modeller and maker with research in parametric design
Cristian (1992) is an architect located in Argentina. His practice incorporates different challenges that implements parametric computational methods in its process, with search and generation mechanisms based on logarithms. Produces image and video content for the communication of each project.
The team and the competition
While following research about mining and its impact in Germany we found this call for Shandong. We decided to explore new possibilities in different scenarios to understand how culture and heritage could be the main driver of a concept.
It´s been exciting to participate, and we want to congratulate the organizers and all the fellow winners and participants for such a great work.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Land Use Densifier (A Future for Food Production in Shandong)
by Jorik Bais and Alexandra Heijink
After gaining work experience in New York, Amsterdam & Shanghai, Alexandra and Jorik founded AUDA at the heart of Berlin in early 2020. AUDA is a multidisciplinary design practice which frames each project within the broader context of its setting to identify constraints and opportunities beyond the conventional scale of architecture.
Having worked in China over the past two years, it was exciting to participate in the Reviving Mines competition, as the project was located in a context we have come to understand quite well. Additionally, the project brief allowed us to combine architecture, urbanism & design into one holistic strategy, which is exactly what our practice stands for.
We sincerely believe that some of the conditions which have been the byproduct of China’s growing economic prosperity can be redeveloped into solutions to address much larger problems — if looked at from a different angle.
As the mined landscapes of Shandong have been excavated beyond repair, it felt logical to repurpose them for new radical methods of food production. After all, the surrounding cultivated land, currently in use for (inefficient) conventional agriculture, is much easier to return to nature.
For our competition entry we collaborated with Prof. Dr. habil. Christian Wolkersdorfer, a mine water treatment specialist who helped us develop a feasible strategy that went beyond utopian thinking.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Sowing Seed on Rocks
by Hoang Nhat Anh, Tran Ba Anh, Trinh Dang Hoang, Trinh Dang Huy and Vu Minh Dien
Hoang Nhat Anh
“My name is Hoang Nhat Anh, I’m currently living in Hanoi, Vietnam. I graduated from Hanoi Architectural University, specializing in urban and regional planning. Since 2017, I have been further developing my self-initiated work, not only as an architect, but also in collaboration with other creative personnel. I have a great passion for all innovative and creative works in general but architecture is currently my main field. I favour minimalism and believe in the need to create the harmony within a cityscape, build the community around a structure and to create a high communal value building that conveys its meaning to the users.”
Tran Ba Anh
“I’m a senior student at Hanoi Architectural University, faculty of architecture. I am interested in social architecture, environment and sustainable development. I plan to spend more time researching and practising on sustainability. I often regard architecture as “simplicity and effectiveness lead to subtlety”.”
Trinh Dang Huy
“I’m a final year student at Hanoi Architectural University, specialized in architecture. I am a person who always tries to exceed my limits. I think it is necessary to view architecture from as many angles with many perspectives as possible. Therefore, I always seek for creative inspiration from many different facets of life and other arts such as filming, photography, painting, music,…Architecture serves people so it needs to be attached to identities, solve the existing problems where people live.”
Tring Dang Hoang
“I’m a final year student at Hanoi Architectural University, specialized in architecture. My hobbies are to explore and experience different cultures, from which I can draw experiences to put into my designs. I have a special interest in the architectural heritage, cultural spaces and identities of each locality. For me, architecture whether it is urban or rural must also be a connection between past, present and future, continuing its historical process.”
Vu Minh Dien
“I’m currently a final-year at Hanoi Architectural University of Architecture, majoring in Architecture. Architecture for me is a continuous journey: to experience, to study, to think, to experiment, to criticize, so when standing in front of each project I always approach the problem in a different way to solve the underlying problems of the context. I am deeply interested in the indigenous architecture, the physical manifestations of the indigenous buildings that partly show the soul of the cultural lifestyle in that place. The task of the architect is to help the soul to develop and the body to continue to “adapt” to the most natural changes in the general social context.”
“We have known Non Architecture organization for a long time, but this is the first time we participate in an architecture competition organized by Non Architecture. The competition gave us the opportunity to experience and experiment what we researching between architecture, nature and people. It is an interesting experience on the road to practice architecture. Although this time we only get an honourable mention, but hopefully in the next competitions organized by Non Architecture, we will achieve higher awards.”
HONOURABLE MENTION: Shandong Destination Wellness resort
by Andrew Jacka, Nattaporn Orraeiam, Chawakan Chuankul, Pimuk Pongpanit and Thamavit Liamputdhumrong
A passionate team of architects who saw, in an extraordinary time, an opportunity to push the boundaries of our creativity to participate in The Non Architecture Competition. We approached the competition with great enthusiasm while accepting that the proposal which our team delivered would be quite challenging as well. Initially we had struggled to establish the right marketing concept for the Shandong Reviving Mines Park, however after meeting with Andrew, Director, Spa Origins and author of many articles on and about wellness, we were inspired and given focus for our concept. In order to make the project operationally viable and attract both tourists and visitors to the location, we believe that it is an aura of calm and tranquillity which is the most appropriate offering, and so – and a Destination Wellness Resort concept was born.
HONOURABLE MENTION: TRACE
by Julieta Derdoy and Matias Fidel Moyano
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