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Public Bathroom Design Call

Public Bathroom Design Call

One of the main criteria to assess the degree of a city or a village’s civilization is the condition of local toilets. Since 2015, Chinese “Toilet revolution” has spread from tourist attractions to the whole nation, from the cities to the rural area, setting a shining example of positive contributions to developing a beautiful and healthy country. But more efforts still need to be put into this massive undertaking due to our vast territory.

Hence, in response to the appeal of “Toilet revolution”, Suichang People’s Government, Young Bird Plan and LeLiving  launch 2018 Suichang “Neo-Toilet” International Design Competition, with the aim of making contributions to livelihood projects. This competition is committed to boosting the development of tourism and revitalizing villages in this new age by focusing on the small facet of our life. The schemes of Top 5 finalists will be modified and constructed under the charge of the co-organizer, LeLiving and organizer, Suichang People’s Government.

Regional governments begin to stress the construction of toilet’s civilization

This project is located in Suichang, Zhejiang Province. Known as “a retreat away from the modern world”, Suichang is a beautiful county with 1,800-year history surrounded by mountains. In the late Tang Dynasty, Monk Guan Xiu had dwelled in Suichang Tangshan in seclusion and peace for over 14 years, painting pictures of 16 arhats. During 1593-1598, this poetic place saw Tang Xianzu, a master in literature and drama, penned the most memorable jewel, The Peony Pavilion. It boasts charming landscape, rich resources and various attractions, such as Suichang Gold Mine National Mine Park, Nanjian Rock, Qianfo Mountain, Shenlong Valley, Hongxingping Hot Spring, Zhutan Museum, Baima Mountain and Jiulong Mountain.

Aerial view of the whole tea plantation

The village is famous for tea and covered with cloud sea

A diversity of culture merge in Suichang, including Haochuan Culture, Tang Xianzu Culture, Red Culture and Folk Culture. Backed by the advantaged nature resources and cultural background, Suichang adheres to the principle of green development, the strategy of building county of tourism and leisure in Yangtze River Delta. It has already invented a tourism-centered path and integrated various industries, establishing its eco-friendly brand image and reputation.

Qishan, the place of reclusion

This village had been descended into a backward area with only some ten households of the elderly because young people out-migrated for work. In June 2017, Suichang government initiated this project in collaboration with LeLiving. By renovating disused houses and local industries, this attempt is conducive to increase local job opportunities and motivate villagers to take part in the rural development. At length, as an illuminating example of poverty alleviation, cultural and environmental protection, it will help people rediscover the unspoiled beauty in the rural area whilst improving the quality of local life.

This design competition launched by Suichang County is an attempt to ignite the transformation of regional cultural tourism. Toilet is the cornerstone of urban and rural civilization. As a landscape decorated in the picturesque setting and a nice surprise for visitors, a new toilet will improve local tourist environment and subtly elevate the quality of villagers’ life. What’s more, it will be a mirror of LeLiving Villa’s poetic scenery, rural-living concepts and knightly spirits.

This competition features two procedures for picking winners, namely, jurors’ selection and mentor’s guidance, in order to comprehensively evaluate the entries in this competition. To ensure the equality, the interdisciplinary jury panel consists of Wenhua Zhang, Director of Administrative Committee of Suichang Provincial-level Tourist Resort, Member of Suichang Party Working Committee and Senior engineer; Qigen Luo, Village representative; Changjiang Yu, Associate professor at Peking University; Ning Ou, Director & Publisher; Jiujiu Hu, Writer & Cultural elite; Lei Luo, Founder of Shenzhen LeLiving Development Co., Ltd.; Isa Ye, Founder & CEO of Young Bird Plan.

 

deadline: May 30, 2018
more info: https://www.youngbirdplan.com.cn/en/event/public-toilets-revolution-in-suichang-zhejiang-province-china/