Invited by the Royal Institute of British Architects, Studio Founder Daniel Statham will serve as one of the nine judges for the 2022-23 Design Competition of International Islands and the Future Residence.
Humans travelling and residing in international islands is a coastal lifestyle that combines the traditional culture with the modern service. It is a desire of modern people toward a retreat on islands, leading a secluded life just like the peach blossom spring (a poem written by Tao Yuanming, a famous Chinese poet and politician during the Six Dynasties period).
2022-2023 Design Competition of International Islands and the Future Residence is thus organised to bring such intimate connection between human and island into Jiangdong New Area in the city of Haikou, China, with architectural design. With an area of approximately 298 square kilometers, Jiang dong New Area is an essential component of China (South Sea) Free Trade Experimental Area. The Competition calls for the enhancement of the community living supporting facilities, formation of a symbiotic urban life circle, provide convenient transportation, and integration of the rich environmental resource of the area into the everyday life of the local community.
Major organisers of the Competition include Haikou Jiangdong New Area Development and Construction Co., Ltd., Haikou Jiangdong New Area City Investment Co., Ltd., and the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Studio Founder Daniel Statham is invited to serve as judge alongside Dr. Christopher Pierce, Head of Visiting School at Architectural Association School of Architecture, Umi Lyu, Head of Development at RIBA China Chapter, and many leading experts within the global architectural field.
“We look forward to seeing the amazing designs that guide us to contemplate and maybe even reconsider the relationship between human residence and island in this contemporary social narrative.”