4. The Competition

4.1. Types of the Competition

1) Professional Project Competition open to professional architects worldwide

2) Student Project Competition for students of Chinese nationality only.

The student competition will be governed by the same review standard and selection criteria and adjudicated by the same juries.UIA jurisdiction applies only to the Professional Competition,since the student competition is a national competition. However, the student competition will also be conducted according to the UIA-UNESCO Guidelines.

4.2. Design Categories

MOLEWA is conceived as the core of a new town. As such, it must feature a mix of uses to support a vibrant and sustainable lifestyle. The MOLEWA Competition is therefore divided into two main design categories:

1) Residential use

2) Commercial and Cultural use

4.3. Selection of the Design Category and the Building Lot

1) The MOLEWA Competition is unique for having multiple buildings (i.e. 13 for the Professional Competition and 3 for the Student Competition) to be designed and realized by the winners of the competition.

2) Upon registration, each professional contestant may choose one, or both of the project categories (See 4.2) to which he/she would like to submit his/her proposal(s) and shall declare this choice on the registration form.

3) Each contestant can submit, however, only one proposal per category, must identify the plot in Figure 7, and design according to the building type specified for the chosen plot (see section 3.2).

4) A student contestant may only submit to one category.

5) The contestants should take care to note that the plots are divided into “Student” plots and “Professional” plots. This boundary cannot be crossed; namely, a professional contestant must not propose designs for a student plot, and vice versa. Failure to respect this rule will result in the immediate disqualification of the design proposal.

6) The promoter has an interest in achieving balance among submissions registered for all competition plots. It is noted that, in principle, for each plot a winning design will be chosen; over-subscription to a plot would decrease the probability of winning for that plot, whereas the reverse would be true of an under-subscribed plot. The contestant may wish to bear this factor in mind in selecting the plot(s) for proposal.

4.4. Stages of the Competition

1) The MOLEWA competition is a one-stage project competition, as defined by the “UIA Guide for International Competitions in Architecture and Town Planning – UNESCO Regulations”.

2) The Promoter will refine and revise, if necessary, the project master plan, based in part on the inputs of the MOLEWA professional project competition. After this task is complete, the Promoter shall contact and retain the winning designs of the competition to commission further work. 

4.5. Eligibility of the Contestants

1) Professional Project Competition: 

Ÿ        Professional Architect, registered to or recognized by the relevant organization of  the state(s) and/or country of his/her business

Ÿ        In the case of a group submission, the lead architect should be identified and  conform to the above requirement.

2) Student Project Competition:

Ÿ       Open only to students of Chinese nationality.

Ÿ       In the case of a group submission, the lead student should be identified and conform to the above requirement.

Ÿ        All contestants must have active student status recognized by the Architectural Society of China (ASC) through its Institute of Accredited Schools of Architecture.

Ÿ        The target building category and lots will be indicated according to the master plan/design parameter guide(Annex 1), and a student contestant can choose only one building lot and identify this at the registration. 

Ÿ       The student winners shall be associated with a local professional architect for the execution of their design proposals.

4.6. Anonymity of the Contestants

1) The identity of any contestant in the competition shall be kept anonymous throughout the adjudication process according to the UIA Guidelines.

2) Each contestant will choose an identification code upon registration, which will be explicitly indicated on every piece of submitted materials.

3) This ID code will be masked by the Promoter with a serial number of submission prior to the jury meeting.

4) Such anonymity will be strictly enforced in the entire procedure.

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