The urban public space—no longer bound by the over-simplified functionalist notions of connectivity—can create a field of experience which is multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary. Based on the Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport Runway Park in the South New Town which is of both historic and modern significance, the first "Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport Renewal Plan - RUNWAY PARK International Design Competition for Young Designers" focuses on the cultural, functional and representative features of public space. This competition is a global call open to young designers, artists, teachers and students (people from all of those groups are required below 40-year-old) majoring in urban planning, architecture design, landscape design, and art design, seeking creative renewal proposals for urban public space which could offer a new perspective, new stage and new focal point to enrich daily life and stimulate a discussion about the core value of public space - a totally immersed and shared experience.
Interpretation"Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport Renewal Plan - RUNWAY PARK International Design Competition for Young Designers" is an exploration to improve the quality of public space and a journey to search the design originality and artistic creativity. Considering the runway park as a public space for cultural events and daily activities of citizens and corresponding construction aspects such as landscape furniture, urban installation , lighting device (on the runway or public space on the both sides) and urban signage system, participants are required to come up with creative proposals and should particularly notice that the design of the runway body could only be reversible and movable ones with awareness of the historical features as well as current situation of the site (design scope should be within the Runway Park of Nanjing South New Town and detailed drawings could be seen in the Appendix). The topic and function of design is self-determined.
The runway of Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport is 2,600-meter long and 60-meter wide and it was listed in the Second Batch of Historic Buildings Conservation Directory of Nanjing City. The planning for Nanjing South New Town clearly indicated that the RUNWAY PARK should be identified as a crucial corridor for the whole area, and used as a carrier to integrate the industrial development, cultural agglomeration, urban sightseeing, health and leisure, and ecological landscape, connecting the cultural public building belt on the north side and official building belt on the south side.
Nanjing Urban Planning Bureau
Nanjing South New Town Development and Construction Management Committee
CBC (China Building Centre)
Urban Planning & Design Institute of Southeast University
China Culture and Technology Innovation Service Alliance
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