IO collaborates with over 200 academics & designers to drive sustainable architecture in Shanghai

Ted Givens, Design Partner of IO, says, "IO recently initiated and organized an open international design competition with an aim to further expand a dialog about green thinking along the Suzhou Creek in Shanghai and most importantly to implement new ideas. IO created this open platform for architectural professionals, academics, students and artists to share their visionary sustainable designs under one roof for the chosen site."


The competition was very well received and IO collected 200 submission entries across 40 countries around the world. An international jury composed of magazine editors, educators, and design professionals selected the top three winners and ten shortlisted entries. The winning entries profoundly demonstrated concepts that move beyond the ordinary and address issues such as power generation, cleaning air and water pollution, and the use of innovative materials and geometries.

IO have just celebrated with the winners and shortlisted participants at an award ceremony held on 25th May 2012 at Bridge 8 in Shanghai.

This remarkable award ceremony has attracted over 160 guests, who included an amazing cross section of real estate developers, government, media, peers, academics and students. A representative of the jury panel from The University of Hong Kong, Stephen Lau, cited the Jury comments that evening. Also Two Associate Professors from Tongji University, Ye Hai and Zuo Yan, and the President of AIA, Christine Bruckner, gave their presentations on sustainability at the ceremony.

The winning and shortlisted designs continue to be exhibited at Bridge 8 Block 5 Atrium till the end of 30 Jun 2012. A traveling exhibit will be followed in Hong Kong then at various universities and venues around the world.

The Jury and IO would like to once again congratulate the winners and the shortlisted participants and thank them for their talented design proposals.


1st Prize Winning Proposal, "Re-Thinking Suzhou Creek" , was designed by Jan Karasek, Ondrej Dusek, Lukas Makovsky, and Jana Brankova from Cezch Republic.

Jury Comment: "Here an insightful focus on "living" public spaces allows a flexible and adaptable city form. Repurposing existing boats is a creative approach to fully utilizing all local amenities."


2nd Prize Winning Proposal, "Guerrilla", was designed by Fok Chun Wing, Chan Chung Ho, Chen Yiping and Fung King Him (Daniel) from Hong Kong.

Jury Comment: "The proposal has an excellent graphic quality and the entry shows a creative emphasis on mobility and adaptable spaces that change through time."


3rd Prize Winning Proposal, "Water Rebalance", was designed by Zhang Zi Yang and Liu Chun Yao from China.

Jury Comment: "This design demonstrates not only the specificities of local site and ecologies but also considering the way that people use space, and how user needs changes over time."


Collaboration and sharing ideas with universities and peers in the industry are the key foundation of IO. The company incorporates collaborative results directly into projects. IO are now contemplating a plan to collaborate with the district municipality of Shanghai to implement the winning and other notable designs from around the world for the community along the Suzhou Creek in Shanghai.

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