International Design Competition of Rural Revitalization and Regeneration (R3) | Open Competition

International Design Competition of Rural Revitalization and Regeneration (R3) | Open Competition


  • Type: Open Competition
  • Last date of Registration: 20/12/2023

About Competition

R3 Vision

The R3 (Rural Revitalization and Regeneration) is a strategic initiative aimed at promoting comprehensive rejuvenation and sustainable development in rural areas. It focuses not only on the economic development of rural regions but also emphasizes progression social, environmental, and cultural aspects. The R3 Design Competition is conceived to develop a design strategy guided by”critical regionalism” or “contextualism,” intending to propose projects and designs closely related to local culture, architectural language, environment, and economy. The competition aims to integrate resources, improve infrastructure, encourage innovation, and foster community sharing without compromising local characteristics and cultural authenticity. The competition is open-ended, requiring participants to select a plot within the designated area of Shanxi Yabao Village, leveraging the tourism resources of the region. The designs should embody the principles of R3 from diverse perspectives. Throughout the design process, cultural resources, existing architectural language, and local urban features of Shanxi Yabao Village should be taken into consideration..


The R3 competition invites architects, designers, planners, students, and participants who are passionate about sustainable rural revitalization. It encourages them to utilize the cultural and historical resources of Shanxiao Village to create a space that promotes cultural exchange and heritage preservation, while driving the development of local handicraft industries and sustainable tourism. The competition accepts submissions of various types of architectural projects, including single-family residences, multi-unit buildings, public structures, adaptive structures, temporary living experiences, or any other scale of architecture. There are no limitations on the design process construction techniques. The proposed designs should be selected within the designated area and consider their relationship with the surrounding environment. Designers are expected to respect local culture and architectural character, contemplate the integration of modern technology with rural history and culture, and propose future development strategies that align with rural conservation and revitalization. These strategies will also be crucial elements for project evaluation.The final architectural or spatial design should be driven by the development strategy, with the reasons and intentions behind the design clearly explained in the drawings.

Site Information

The project is located in Shanxi yabao Village, Wuyi County, Zhejiang Province, China. This village has along history and unique architecture, dating back over 300 years. Due to its distinctive cultural and historical value, Shanxiao Village has been included in the first batch ofChina’s Traditional Villages List and has received national-level protection and recognition. The project site is located in the Dimension Natural Village within the administrative jurisdiction of Shanxi Yabao Village, which can be reached by walking up the mountain trail. Currently, the population residing in this area is relatively small, and there is a high vacancy rate. Some of the existing houses have serious structural issues, requiring renovation plans for future development in tourism and homestay industries. The Competition allows participants to select a plot of land within the Dimension Nature Village area,with custom dimensions. It is permissible to demolish existing buildings on the chosen plot to create a virtual site to articulate design concepts. Alternatively, limited demolition within the designated area is permitted, with a requirement to respect the original landform and topography.


Prizes of a total of $5000, including Cash Prize + Certificate +Exhibition + Publication + Interview + Gifts + Voucher.

About the Organizer

This competition is organized byZhejiang University, People’s Government of Daxikou Township,Wuyi County, and co-organized by Kontest.

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