We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our “SKYHIVE 2021 Skyscraper Challenge” competition – Dayang Wang, Jiwei Lang and Yue Sun from China!

Yue Sun, Jiwei Lang and Dayang Wang from China

Well, actually we are college students, so maybe we can introduce our university. We are from the University of Jinan, which has long history. About our background:

Dayang Wang: a major in Architecture; a junior student who has won the excellent work award of China College Students' rural planning competition and a first-class scholarship, as well as participated in the completion of a patent.

Jiwei Lang: a major in Architecture; a senior student who won the National Green Building Design Competition, received third prize in "Rural Companion Cup" 2020 Shandong College students' Construction Design Competition, and received a shortlisted award in "Tianhua Cup" Art & Tech National Undergraduate Architectural Design Competition.

Yue Sun: a major in Architecture; a senior student who won the National Green Building Design Competition and received first-class scholarship once and second-class scholarship twice.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

Architectural design is a process of continuous exploration and learning, from only considering the functional arrangement and volume scale of a space to joining people's activities and feelings, to thinking about the added value of time, natural environment, and humanistic environment for architecture. With the in-depth understanding of architecture, we realize that architectural design is not an individual separated from design, but covers the drainage of a site, the planning of a group, and even the spiritual civilization attribute of a city.

The identity of architect should be transferred from building to order. The essence of architectural function and spatial form has not changed greatly for a long time. What has changed is people's travel, communication and work style. Our urban space should use the help of existing big data to seek regular changes, so as to achieve better life services. The process of urban architecture adapting to the environment and changing is the process of natural growth. The future architectural design should be reflected in the blurring of the boundary between architecture, city, and nature. It can be said that architecture is passively adapted to the environment, and it is also the active change of architecture objectively adapting to the environment. Architecture is no longer a rigid object of reinforced concrete, but a living body with wisdom and traces to follow.

Yuna Friedman once said, "What I'm after is not nomadism, but the possibility of change." Buildings can be temporary and adaptable. What he emphasizes is not the variability of architectural noumenon, but how to establish a set of architectural framework that can cope with or counter the changeable social system. In the past, the urban form of our city was formed naturally under the pressure of the environment. The buildings in history were either single "shoe boxes" or clustered "shoe boxes". The air city can be compared to an empty shelf used to stack shoe boxes, on which one box can be moved without affecting the others. What determines the appearance of architecture and city is essentially all the favorable environmental factors for residents and themselves. In the epidemic environment, new thinking on human settlements and urban design is triggered to meet the needs of future wisdom renewal.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

They help us grow and see the wider world.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!

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