With the aim to promote the academic and cultural exchanges among university students from various countries, and to cultivate the scientific and technological innovation spirits and practical abilities of university students, the 2022 Belt and Road International Student Competition on Digital Architectural Design is expected to be launched.
The details are notified as follows:
Two thousand years ago, in the vast desert, merchants from various countries led their camel caravans proceeding along the long Silk Road with tinkles of the camel bells incessantly lingering on, which facilitated the communication between China and the West. Nowadays, a modern railway transport network has been built on the ancient Silk Road where the speeding trains have become a new bond among countries along the route, accelerating the economic cooperation and cultural exchanges of all these countries. Despite the severe COVID-19 pandemic, the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind that advocates mutual help has been conveyed to the whole world, injecting new vitality to the ancient Silk Road.
Camel bells once lingered in the air, and merchant vessels used to come in a steady stream. Covering traffic hubs of the cities, the winding railway lines play a critical role in promoting the social and economic development of countries along the Belt and Road, for the network accelerates the flow of supplies and passengers. At present, the ongoing trend of digitalization highlights that it is important and pressing to develop, update, and operate digitalized and informatized railways and relevant facilities. In this context, the Belt and Road Architectural University International Consortium (BRAUIC) proposes to organize the 2022 Belt and Road International Student Competition on Digital Architectural Design themed on “Railway: A New Bond Along the Silk Road” with a view to cultivate all college students’ digitalization-based thinking that explores how to preserve the historical features of railways and cities, improve overall quality, and achieve sustainable development along the Silk Road. Urban renewal, architectural heritage protection, environmental monitoring, and other topics related to the railways are included in the Competition. Centering around these topics, participants will use computer-assisted technology, virtual reality, digital twins, geographic information system, remote sensing technology, and other new technologies to finish architectural design, structural design, and scene modelling and visualization. During the Competition, students’ comprehensive ability to solve problems will be improved. Their innovation capability will be demonstrated and quality in all aspects will be enhanced. Furthermore, this competition can play an active part in promoting the in-depth communication, cooperation, and sharing of BRAUIC members in the fields of education, science, and culture.
II. Organizational structure
Belt and Road Architectural University International Consortium (BRAUIC)
Organized and hosted by:
Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (BUCEA)
Silk Road International Foundation
Beijing International Peace Culture Foundation
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
G-global International Secretariat
International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
Beijing Peace Garden Museum
China Enterprise Culture Improvement Association
Belt and Road Logistics Branch of China Communications and Transportation Association
China Silk Road Group Limited
Glodon Company Limited
China Railway Design Corporation
Beijing Jianda Assets Management Co., Ltd.
China International GeoInformation Corporation Limited
Daspatial Technology Co., Ltd.
III. Theme: Railway: A New Bond Along the Silk Road
Centering around construction and management of railways and facilities, urban renewal, architectural heritage protection, environmental monitoring, and other topics, participants will use computer-assisted technology, virtual reality, digital twins, geographic information system, remote sensing technology, and other new technologies to finish architectural design, structural design, and scene modelling and visualization.
Open to both graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in engineering programs.
V. Competition categories and awards
VI. Entry requirements
(1) Each participating university recommends no more than 6 teams with no more than 2 teams under each category.
(2) A participating team contains no more than 5 members and no more than 2 supervisors. The supervisors shall be university teachers.
(3) The submissions shall not contain any words or patterns indicating the names of the participants or the university. Those who do not meet the requirements will be disqualified.
(4) The participants have the copyright of the entries, while the organizers have the right to exercise other copyright except the authorship of the entries, including the right to use the entries (without additional payment), and retain the right of post-processing of the entries, such as publishing books, photo albums, videos, model exhibitions, and technology promotion, etc.
(5) It is strictly prohibited to copy the existing design works. The participants shall be responsible for the similarity, plagiarism, and intellectual property disputes of the technical solutions.
(6) Submitted entries will not be returned.
(7) All submitted materials shall be in English.
See the details at the following Calls for Participation to be issued.
IX. Contact information
The Secretariat of the organizing committee is set at the Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture.
Contact Information: Ms. LIU Lu, Ms. LI Yang
Tel: 0086-10-68324024, 0086-10-68327443
Address: No.1 Zhanlanguan Road, Xicheng District, Beijing, P.R.China 100044
The Secretariat of the BRAUIC
March 17, 2022