Community 2050: Meet the winners and honourable mentions! Open Category

Please welcome the winner and honourable mention teams of the Community 2050 Competition on the Open category both for Amsterdam and Shenzhen sites!

The Honourable Mentions are presented in no particular order; all the projects are as high quality as necessary to be here 😉

Congratulations to all participants!!



BEST PROJECT (Regardless of the site) [Shenzhen]: Live Together: Towards multi-species coexistence

by [Ziting Wang + Zilan Wang].

Ziting Wang is currently a graduate student in the MLA II program at Harvard GSD. Her love for design was rooted in her painting background and travelling experience. Through landscape design, she strives to explore functional interfaces between building and environment, human and non-human species, history, and future. Growing up in China, she has witnessed the country’s rapid development and the challenges it faces. In the context of the epidemic outbreak and climate crisis, she hopes to use design to draw a new image for the city’s future, which is more sustainable and organic.


Zilan Wang is currently a second-year MLA2 student at Harvard GSD, with a landscape architecture and architecture background from Cornell University. Growing up in Beijing and being immersed in traditional Chinese architecture and gardens, she found her love in landscape architecture since she was little. She likes to explore innovative solutions to design challenges. She’s passionate and ambitious about creating vibrant and sustainable landscapes that respond to environmental uncertainties, changing social needs, and non-human perspectives.

Instagram: Ziting Wang, Zilan Wang

LinkedIn: Ziting Wang, Zilan Wang




BEST PROJECT [Shenzhen]: VSEFI Community

by [Dongpei Yue + Zeshun Liang + Haoxin Guan].

— No bio received. — 

Instagram: Dongpei Yue, Zeshun Liang, Haoxin Guan

LinkedIn: Dongpei Yue, Zeshun Liang, Haoxin Guan




BEST PROJECT [Amsterdam]: Sympoiesis of Fragments: Towards a Socio-Cultural Cornucopia of Ecologies

by [Kelly Ting + Elim Hu].

Hello! My name is Elim Hu and I’m a New Zealand born Taiwanese. I am currently heading into my second year as a student in the Bachelor of Architectural studies at the University of Auckland where I have been passionately expanding my knowledge and skill-sets in all things design. In my spare time, I am an avid painter, active footballer, runner, violinist, church youth group leader and I love creating art – something I have been doing since I was young. I am interested in threading elements of nature, people, culture and sensitivity into the fabric of my architectural designs and am constantly seeking to broaden the scope of my design knowledge.

Thanks to my awesome fellow architecture friend, Kelly Ting, who invited me to join her in the Community 2050 competition, I was able to take part in this creatively stimulating experience together! Despite being in different cities in New Zealand, over 9 weeks me and Kelly, through zoom, embarked on the challenging experience to reimagine IJplein, Amsterdam on an urban scale, something that both of us haven’t yet done in architecture school. We came into the Community 2050 competition with an open heart and creative mind, hoping to improve our skills and provide what we can to the project, and we came out feeling enlightened and thrilled for this remarkable opportunity. I am beyond grateful to my talented teammate Kelly, the Non-Architecture Team for their excellent organisation and the brilliant judges for showing favour to our project.

Kia Ora! My name is Kelly and I’ve just started my second-year of architectural studies at the University of Auckland here in New Zealand. Like my teammate, Elim Hu, I’m also a New Zealand born Taiwanese. Alongside my architectural studies, I also love to do some graphics designing, especially logos and posters. Through a variety of volunteering experiences in the community as well as years of working with the local and international charities, these experiences have helped shape my interest in spatial justice. To me, the urban community is a place filled with endless opportunities and I strongly believes in its potential as an instrument to advocate positive change. In the future, I aspire to become an architect driven by mission, bringing forward socially responsive and sustainable design solutions to communities in need. 

Participating in this Non-Architecture Competition has been such an incredible experience, filled with endless experimentations and self-driven learning, whether in terms of design thinking or presentation techniques. It was an exciting challenge with a brief so broad, allowing our creativity to run free and a chance to really delve into the entire ecosystem of Ijpelin, Amsterdam’s built environment of which we have never done before. I am so honoured to have shared this amazing journey with my teammate, Elim and thank you to the Non-Architecture Team behind the scenes with all the weekly newsletters and resources to further deepen our design thinking. As well as the incredible judges too!

Instagram: Kelly Ting, Elim Hu

Instagram, second account: Kelly Ting, Elim Hu




HONOURABLE MENTION [Amsterdam]: ‘Foreigners’ No More

by [Nicholas Chung + Angelina Yihan Zhang].

Nicholas is from Hong Kong and a fourth-year student at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture and is interested in the entanglement of urban form/relations/idiosyncrasies and the role design plays in the imagination/imaging of the public realm.

Angelina is from Seattle and a fourth-year architecture student at Syracuse University as well. She is interested in architecture as pragmatic solutions to contemporary problems.

We were interested in revisiting what it means to be a ‘diverse’ community and the possible architectural manifestation that emerges from the multifaceted friction between a vast constellation of characters, interest groups, and sociocultural practices. We tried to look for cues from the physical and metaphysical site, and what ideas we can extract formally and theoretically to form the basis for a believable new model of communal living. Our conscious choice in our proposal is that the architecture exists as a process that by nature requires continued negotiation and adaptability by the community, adding a level of dynamism that is often lacking in the static forms we as architects tend to design.

Instagram: Nicholas Chung, Angelina Yihan Zhang




HONOURABLE MENTION [Amsterdam]: exxxperimentStadt

by [Artur Biktashev + Anastasiia Kolomina + Ivan Koloskov + Anastasiia Blinova].

We are the team of architects who have gathered thanks to this competition. For real, we didn’t know each other before it! Competition became a reason to build our own small community. We practice landscape architecture, strategic planning and participatory design to create a better world. 

Competitions for us is a way to keep in touch with a global community and modern architectural imagination as a production technique for a liveable tomorrow. In our project we develop an idea of future where society has no interaction limits and people from all over the world cooperates to find solutions to worldwide issues. Not only do experts join the process but also all people who are interested. We thought about this working system of experimental area in Amsterdam during the competition. It’s a promising theme to be explored!

Instagram: Artur Biktashev, Anastasiia Blinova




HONOURABLE MENTION [Amsterdam]: Polar-IJ 2050

by [Chang Liu + Cai Huang + Yuchen Li + Aijing Sun].

We are a team of Architect, Urban designer, and landscape architect. We come from China, attained our master degrees in TUDelft, and currently are working in different architecture offices in the Netherlands. Participating Community 2050 was an exiting experience for all of us. We enjoyed doing research for the design site, figuring out the risks and challenges, and brainstorming design concept along the way. The organizer’s detailed competition information and clear assignments allowed us to complete the competition successfully and smoothly, and were honored to be selected as honorable mention. The possible changes of the city in the future are the topic that we are all concerned about, we are very glad to have this opportunity to use our imaginations for future community, we will definitely continue to explore in this field in the future.

Instagram: Chang Liu, Cai Huang, Yuchen Li

LinkedIn: Chang Liu, Cai Huang, Yuchen Li




HONOURABLE MENTION [Amsterdam]: Rebirth of the land

by [Jingwei You + Wenyu Huang + Manjie Da].

We’re a three-people group with different backgrounds. Mr. You is a student in Tianjin Chengjian University, majoring in Urban Planning; Ms. Huang is also a student in Tianjin Chengjian University, studying Architecture; While Ms. Da is a graduate student in the Architecture department of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. 

Since we are all interested in the topic of “future community”, and we also hope to do some design about the future society, we form a team to participate in this competition. Actually, it’s the “community 2050” that connects us. The reason why we choose Amsterdam rather than Shenzhen as our design site is that we are all curious about European culture, and we think it is a good chance for us to know more about the Netherlands. At the same time, it is also a big challenge for us to do some design in IJ Plein which was designed by OMA.

Thanks for organizing this Non-Architecture Competition, and we are glad to be heard that “Rebirth of the Land” is selected as the Honorable Mentions.

Instagram: Jingwei You, Wenyu Huang, Manjie Da




HONOURABLE MENTION [Shenzhen]: New Shenzhen: The Re-Imagination of Urban Canteen

by [Veldesen Yaputra + Wenli Wei + Ke Tang].

We are second-year undergraduates from the Department of Environmental Art and Design, , Tsinghua University Academy of Arts and Design. We joined this competition under the guidance of Huang Yan Professor.

Instagram: Veldesen Yaputra, Ke Tang




HONOURABLE MENTION [Shenzhen]: Autonomous Civic Space 

by [Shuang Li + Chien-hua Huang + Lijie Wang + Hong Yin + Shaozhi Xing + Xiaotong Kang + Muhan Sun + Ruixi Zeng + Qiqi Huang + Siqi Liu + Han Chen + Kun Huang].

Shuang Li

Profile: Urban planning designer/Planner/Crossover internet promoter. She received a master degree of urban planning and design at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology. She pays close attention to women’s development in the design field. She’s been committing to exploring innovating-crossover design momentum in the career, so as to promote the establishment of more inclusive, dynamic and fair societal relations.

Participation: Acted as the leader of the consortium in this competition, and presided over the concept brainstorming, logic construction of urban planning , street scene designing and overall supervising of the visual effects of drawings.

Lijie Wang

Profile: Founder of ATCloud Architects, graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. The studio was established at the end of 2020 and is based in Chengdu to carry out architectural, interior and landscape design practices.

Participation: In this competition, as the leading team of the consortium, the team recruited and organized the work, and presided over the design work of the residential scene and the scientific and technological scene.

Chien-hua Huang

Profile: Chien-hua Huang is an architectural designer, artist and researcher based in Taipei and Vienna. He received a master’s degree of architecture with distinction at Greg Lynn Studio at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. His latest research focuses on data-mining, machine learning, and participatory approaches in design and construction. He is currently teaching at Material Generation Studio at China Academy of Art.

Shaozhi Xin

Profile: A programmer, researcher of situational awareness based on spatiotemporal big data, practitioner of smart community and smart village.

Participation: In this competition, as a team member, participated in the definition of the concept, the design of the living scene and technology scene.

Xiaotong Kang

Profile: Graduated from Nanjing University, majoring in urban planning. Xiaotong Kang has been involved in the projects related to urban planning, urban design, industrial planning, land and space planning since 2018, and is now working in Urban Planning & Design Dept. of CSWADI.

Participation: In this competition, as a team member, Xiaotong had joined in the early background sorting, brainstorming and concept discussion, mainly participated in the design of street scenes, and completed information sorting, contact and communication, typesetting and drawing as a team assistant and liaison.

Muhan Sun

Profile: Graduated from Wuhan University of technology, working in Chengdu JZFZ Architectural Design Co., Ltd. Mainly engaged in urban planning and design.

Participation: In this competition, as a member of the consortium team, participated in brainstorming, concept generation and scene creation, mainly participated in traffic scene creation and the effect presentation of the final drawing expression.

Ruixi Zeng

Profile: Graduated from Tianfu College of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics and is now working in JZFZ Co., Ltd., mainly engaged in urban planning and design.

Participation: As a member of the consortium team in this competition, I participated in open discussion, concept generation, overall planning, scene design, and finally focused on street scene creation and drawing presentation.

Qiqi Huang

Profile: Graduated from South China University of Technology and achieved Master of Architecture from Michigan University of Ann Arbor, Qiqi Huang had worked for NBBJ and S9 Architecture before being an architectural designer in Aedas.

Participation: In this competition, as a team member, Qiqi had joined in the concept discussion, presided over the design work of the commercial scene and worked on 3d modeling for the retail/office part.

Siqi Liu

Profile: Postgraduate student in South China University of Technology, majoring in urban design and architectural design.

Participation: In this competition, I participated in the preparation of brainstorming, concept generation and scene construction, as well as the scheme design and effect presentation of scientific innovation scenes and residential scenes.

Han Chen

Profile: Partner of Zous Architects, studied at the Architectural Association and received her Master’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Design. Based in Shanghai and Chengdu, Zous Architects has been committed to sustainable design research and practices in the fields of architecture, interior, landscape and urban planning since 2017.

Participation: In this competition, she participated in the process of brainstorming as well as completed the schematic design of the residential scene.

Kun Huang

Profile: Bamboo expert. Founder of Sichuan Shizhu LTD, a technique driven firm, providing world’s leading negative carbon footprint high performance building material, pioneer in bamboo application.

Participation: Consultant of green building material , ensure the whole plan zero or negative carbon emission.

Heng Wang

Profile: Worked in WIS, graduated from Sichuan Xihua University. Participate in the design and creation of various types of buildings, interiors, installations, etc.

Participation: In this competition, Modeling of transportation vehicles and discussion of future scenario development, and presided over the design work of the residential scene and the scientific and technological scene.

LinkedIn: Chien-hua Huang, Lijie Wang, Xiaotong Kang, Qiqi Huang, Siqi Liu, Han Chen





by [Mengrui Wan + Yang Liu + Yichen Bao + Jiefu Song].

At the beginning of the design, our team first compared and was shocked by the great changes in Chinese architecture and community relations in the past 30 years. This also makes us have rich associations with the community relations in 2050.

We believe that with the continuous improvement of virtual reality technology, metauniverse is the trend in the future. We first thought about a question, which is also the core of our design: is there anything in the meta universe that cannot be taken away from physical reality?

Our answer is: with the continuous maturity of Internet technology and virtual reality technology, the rapid development of logistics and automation. There is no reason for people to get together face-to-face for work, shopping, leisure, etc. The new lifestyle will change from “work out and rest at home” to “work at home and leisure out”, which makes the space “inverted”, and the centralized office space may disappear and be scattered into everyone’s small box. In this context, we try to build a new community. We have carefully designed a small house with strong Space folding function. Small houses supplied by different manufacturers can be freely placed on the flat ground, as long as they can be connected to the modular water and electricity supply port. Therefore, people in high-tech zones can form various “communities” according to their occupations, technologies or hobbies, and promote technological exchanges in the settlements formed by people themselves. The recycling function of community fibrous soil transforms daily garbage and debris into environmentally friendly soil forming mountains and jungles. With the accumulation of soil and the planting of jungle, several mountains composed of recycled materials will be formed in the community. At this time, people can have face-to-face communication with people who have something in common at any time in their own community, or they can choose to get rid of the encirclement of numbers and codes and be embraced by nature. It makes people look forward to the coming of 2050.




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