SinoCities Awards 2007 is an urban design competition sponsored by the civil engineering company MaxitGroup, and related to a Shanghai nonprofit architecture center called FAR (who also write the very interesting SInocities blog, with an impressive list of architect and urban planner authors). You download the map of “Sinocity” and then do something–anything–to it, as long as it can be represented graphically and textually. You can win 35,000 RMB (~ US$4500) for the first prize, plus you get flown to Shanghai. The rules:
improve Sinocity’s public spaces by means of architectural design,
urban design, landscape design or any other intervention into Sinocity.
The site or multiple sites can be freely chosen on the Sinocity map
with no limitations to form, size or current boundaries. There are no
applicable limitations in terms of planning regulations, codes or laws.
The participant decides himself which regulations are of concern and
which are not.