Architecture is not simply about space and form, but also about event, action and what happens in space. ——《The Manhattan Transcripts》by BERNARD TSCHUMI

URS China Interactive Public Art Installation Design Competition 2020 LINGYUN LANE is open to art institutes, design and digital media institutes and universities across the world, where the installation will be placed in an urban renewal project “Lingyun Lane” in Xuhui District, Shanghai, China.

The competition is jointly launched by URS China (an operation platform of urban renewal and development in China) and Young Bird Plan (an international design competition brand), which calls for submissions of interactive public art installation designed for the project of Lingyun Lane through the participation of professionals and enthusiasts in the arts, design and digital media circles, so as to make the project more artistic, interesting and interactive. Besides, the possibility of urban renewal project activation shall be also further explored and discussed.

Meanwhile, the installation will become the distinctive symbol of URS China’s urban renewal projects. A series of creative and unique entrances will create a culture of art community by integrating interactive art and public life. Also, the installation will bring people closer together by interacting with surrounding users so as to improve the environmental quality and people’s happiness.

The project of Lingyun Lane is located in No. 400 Tiandeng Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China (in Lingyun sub-district ) with a long history, profound culture, strong science and technology. And it lays in the center of Caohejing-Huajing-the Belt of Innovation and Start-up under Xuhui District’s 13th five-year plan.

Lingyun Lane is 2 kilometers away from Shanghai South Railway Station, accessible directly by Bus No. 156. ECUST metro station to be opened in 2020. Around the project, there is East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai High School and other famous schools. Besides, 200,000 residents live in the communities nearby, which makes the project a gathering place.

With the project of “Lingyun Lane” by URS China, it is expected to keep people’s warm memory towards the community in such fast-paced development of urban renovation.

The inclusive and open space will connect people closely and create more possibilities in community life. People are encouraged to reconstruct the city, keep the warmth of the community and input more energetic blood so as to build a creative community of new ecology.

Design Goals: The competition aims to create distinctive entrances for URS China’s urban renewal project Lingyun Lane, which is located in No. 400 Tiandeng Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China. It is expected to bring people closely with the project, interact positively with users and show the inclusiveness and openness of the urban living room through the interactive public art installation.

Design Challenge: The installation will be placed in the public space of URS China’s project “Lingyun Lane” after renovation.

  • Key note about the entrance: Location A is the base of the entrance.
  • Key note about the moving route of the crane-style installation: start from the gallery on the first floor, walk through the gallery and the overpass on the second floor is the exit. You may find the map on our website.

Task 1: interactive public art installation: Custom themes with its construction scope in location A (L: 4 meters; W: 4 meters; H: 4.5 meters).

Task 2: interactive public art installation with the theme of paper crane: Design an interactive public art installation in location A based on the concept of paper crane in the landscape design plan. Meanwhile, the interactive relationship between the installation and Lingyun Lane shall be considered. (Please find more details about the landscape project on our website by downloading the competition documents - part 3).

Requirements of the interactive public art installations:

  1. The core elements of the project shall be reflected: renovation, warmth, vitality.
  2. The installation shall be interactive in terms of the way and period.
  3. This competition aims to promote URS China’s urban renewal projects and improve its brand quality by calling for submissions and realizing the installations.