On May 10, 2020, the mid-term assessment of the first A5 Student Challenge Program was ended. After the panel’s anonymous review and centralized evaluation, all of the 10 teams successfully passed the assessment and entered the final.
The first A5 Student Challenge Program was launched in December 2019 in Sanya City, Hainan Province, adopting the conceptual planning and design of Yazhou Bay Science and Education Park as its theme. At the first phase of the competition, under the guidance and leadership of the professional teachers from the world’s top universities, 10 mixed teams, consisting of 60 students from CAU, Cornell University, University of California, Davis, Wageningen University & Research, University of Sao Paulo and Hainan University, overcame the dual challenges of time and space and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through online communications and team collaboration, and submitted their mid-term plans as scheduled, which showed their understanding and thinking of campus planning from different perspectives. With the collision of different cultures and different majors, these planning works fully reflected their creativity, design talent and modern concepts.
The mid-term assessment was organized by Prof. Li Xianfeng from the College of Horticulture, who is the academic advisor of the program. The panel was composed of 5 experts from Beijing Eastmage Architectural Design Co, and the Department of Planning and Design, Tsinghua University. Judges evaluated each project from the aspects of planning layout, design concept, theme creativity and progress, and then put forward comments and suggestions. Participants expressed that they had a deeper understanding of planning, which enhanced their ability to integrate knowledge system with practice, stimulated enthusiasm for innovation and tolerance for multicultural aesthetics.
At the second phase of the competition, the 10 teams will continue to complete their plans. Excellent results in the final are expected.