Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Call for Entries to the Design Competition for the 2nd BFU International Garden-making Festival 2019

CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture)

Call for Entries to the Design Competition for the 2nd BFU International Garden-making Festival 2019

Su Shi, a poet in the Song Dynasty, wrote in one of his poems: “I can have a meal without meat, but I can’t live without bamboo.” Because of its architectural characteristics, resource abundance, easiness of processing, aesthetic and natural appeal, and rich expressiveness, bamboo has become one of the oldest and most commonly used building materials. The 2nd BFU International Garden-making Festival will be hosted by Beijing Forestry University from the end of September to the middle of October 2019. With bamboo and flowers as major material, the Festival aims to promote a craftsmanship spirit and cultivate landscape architectural students’ creativity through drawings, models and actual works, the festival will provide an opportunity to integrate material construction and artistic expression. We will invite relevant well-known organizations to co-host the Garden Festival. We sincerely invite educators and students in the field of landscape architecture and other related disciplines from around the world to participate in the design and construction activities of the 2nd BFU International Garden-making Festival.


With “The Poetics of Gardens” as its theme, the 2nd BFU International Garden-making Festival requires each participant to design and build a small garden by mainly using natural bamboo and herbs. Designers are encouraged to explore the various possibilities of bamboo as structural materials, enclosure materials and decorative materials on the basis of the natural characteristics of bamboo and the characteristics of its construction techniques, and to find the most suitable construction representation. The strength ductility of original bamboo and the consequent elasticity of the spatial structure, the ingenious joints caused by the limitation of natural materials, the various appearances and strong rhythm formed by the different arrangement and density of the materials, the feelings of delicate, natural and warm… can be the basis for the construction design. Combined with flowers,designers express poetry by the traditional oriental poetic dwelling, the contemporary poetic philosophy, the organic combination of poetic space, the vibrant poetic nature, or the manual poetic life. including 15 small gardens surrounding the “Yun Zai Pavilion” in “Xueziqing” square.


The garden-making festival has four phrases:

Phase-1: Call for entries. The jury reviews and confirms the winning list.

Phase-2: Construction document preparation and feasibility negotiation.

Phase-3: On-site construction.

Phase-4: Winner announcement; festival opening ceremony and exhibition.


Organizers: School of Landscape Architecture, Beijing Forestry University

Executive Organizer:Landscape Architecture Journal


The theme of the 2nd BFU International Garden-making Festival is “The Poetics of Gardens”, asking all participants to build a garden with natural bamboo and herbs.

All 15 garden plots are located within the campus of BFU, each with an area of 16m². The organizing committee will demarcate these sites ahead of time and provide potted plants, but no open-field plants. It is required to design a bamboo pavilion and a garden space. The area of the pavilion should not exceed cite boundary. All relevant technology and safety requirements should be met to construct garden space with poetic connotation.

Requirements for the bamboo pavilion: Please use natural bamboos (Phyllostachy siridescens C.Y.Yaoet S.Y.Chen, 2-7 cm diameter; Phyllostachy sedulis, 7-10 cm diameter) as major materials; no other materials are allowed to be used; low-tech construction techniques; no larger than site boundary and no higher than 4m; accessible; no specifications for function and form.

Requirements for the garden: Please only use herbs and ground covers on the material list provided by the organizing committee; no other materials and water features.

Participants will be disqualified against the rules.


The competition invites submissions from teams of students (who could be undergraduate or graduate students). The team should have no more than 8 members(including 8). At least one of the team member is enrolled in Landscape Architecture or related programs. We encourage students to team with others who are in different majors. Each team must have one tutor and can only submit one work. The final construction of the entry list is consistent with the entry list of the competition and may not be changed.


There are two ways to participate in the festival competition.

1) Schemes from students in Landscape Architecture and related programs. 7 teams will enter in the next stage.

2) 8 renowned schools and colleges will be invited to participate in the competition.


Before March 15, 2019: Competition registration

  • Two forms: one is the free registration for full-time students (Type-A), the other is the group registration for the institutions invited (Type-B).
  • Follow on the WeChat official account “北林园林资讯” (BFU Landscape Architecture Information) and “风景园林杂志”(Landscape Architecture Journal) ,click on “阅读原文” (Read more) on the competition notice page to register. Or enter the website of Landscape Architecture Journal to apply:
  • Registration Deadline: Please confirm advisors and team members no later than March 15, 2019. Each team will receive a registration number before 23:59 (Beijing time) March 20, 2019 by email.

Before April 15, 2019: Scheme submit

  • Submission requirements: The design project should be presented on an A0 printed panel (841 mm high, 1189 mm wide) in landscape format, saved as JPG with a 300 dpi resolution. The panel should include a reflection of the project and associated graphic representations, both in English and Chinese (or English). No author, advisor and institution information should be mentioned on the panel. The panel must be saved as a JPG and named as “registration number.jpg”, such as “045.jpg”.
  • Deadline: April 15th, 2019
  • Please email the submission to: contest

Before May 10, 2019: Entry Evaluation

  • The organizing committee will convene a jury to evaluate all competition entries for their design creativity and construction feasibility, giving awards to the Type-A winning entries from which 7 will be selected for construction during the garden-making festival.
  • The awards for Type-A entries:
  • Winning Prize: 7 entries; winners will proceed to on-site construction.
  • Excellence Prize: 10-12 entries; winners will receive certificates.

Before May 20, 2019: Design development

  • According to the suggestions of the jury, the “Bamboo Place” Bamboo Technology Co., Ltd. and the herbs suppliers Beijing Flower and Wood Co., Ltd., the organizing committee will require the winning teams to refine their schematic designs based on construction feasibility prior to the construction document preparation. The  suppliers companies will provide technical supports to winning teams until the completion of the construction documents.

Before June 30, 2019: Construction document submission

  • The 7 winning entries and 8 invited universities should complete their construction documents and submit them to the organizing committee in PDF form. Construction documents should be A3 printed documents, including plans, elevations, sections, design and construction descriptions, design sizes, material specifications, construction details, prefabricated units, and schedules.
  • Deadline: June 30, 2019
  • Please email the submission to:  contest

Late September 2019 or middle October 2019: On-site construction

  • 15 teams will attend the opening ceremony of the 2nd BFU International Garden-making Festival in later September or middle October 2019 and then begin the garden construction work. The construction will take three and a half days.
  • Construction requirements: All relevant technology and safety requirements should be met.

Late September or middle October 2019: Prize award and opening ceremony

  • The organizing committee will convene renowned experts worldwide to make award decisions.
  • In the opening ceremony of the festival, winner teams will be awarded certificates and prize bonus by special guests.


After successful registration, the organizing committee will provide participation teams with the site condition maps, photos of the surrounding areas, selectable bamboo sizes, list of plant materials, foundation conditions and other relevant information.


  • Participants agree on and adhere to the content of this notice as well as the competition rules, otherwise he or she will be disqualified. The competition organizing committee reserves the right of final explanation.
  • Digital drawings should not contain any author and institution names or logos, entries which are not in accordance with the rules will be disqualified.
  • The competition organizing committee reserves all the rights other than authorship, including but not limiting to distribution, exhibition, information network dissemination, publication, etc. The designers reserve the right of authorship.
  • All participants should ensure their submissions are original and have not been submitted to other competitions.
  • Participants cannot receive guidance from the competition jury, otherwise he or she will be disqualified.



Email: contest

BFU International Garden-making Design Competition Committee

January 2019

A Review of the 1st BFU International Garden-making Festival

From September 23 to October 7, 2018, Beijing Forestry University hosted the 1st BFU International Garden-making Festival with the theme “Bamboo Pavilion: Garden.” The festival had five phases, including the design competition and review, the preparation of the construction documents and the feasibility negotiation, the on-site construction, the awards voting, and the exhibition.

Since the call for entry to the design competition in January 2018, the festival has attracted wide attention. By April 15 of 2018, 203 teams— a total of 1677 people from 112 colleges and universities— signed up for the design competition. After several rounds of review, the winning entries of seven construction awards and twelve honor awards were selected. The winners of the construction awards then prepared their construction documents and built their gardens at BFU together with another eight invited teams from top universities around the world. All these fifteen gardens, each occupying an area of 16 square meters, used potted plant materials. The exhibition was presented from September 23 to October 7. Besides the competition gardens, the festival also invited SONG Yehao, Professor of the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University as well as a famous architect, designed a central bamboo garden with horticulture as its theme. This 120-square-meter garden was exhibited together with the competition gardens.

The teams participating in the on-site construction came from fifteen institutions, including Beijing Forestry University, Southeast University, Nanjing Forestry University, Chiba University, Tsinghua University, Kyung Hee University, Tongji University, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Tianjin University, South China Agricultural University, Zhejiang A&F University. With bamboo and flower as major materials, these teams completed the onsite construction by themselves within 3.5 days.

The voting committee of this festival was comprised of sixteen scholars from countries like China, Netherland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, South Korea, and Japan. The committee did an onsite review before the opening ceremony of the festival. Professor WANG Xiangrong, Dean of the School of Landscape Architecture at Beijing Forestry University, commented on the overall achievements of the festival and announced the voting results.

The three winning entries of the Outstanding Awards were Chiba University’s Look Upon the Moon, Beijing Forestry University’s A Handscroll of Flower-and-Bird, and Tsinghua University’s After Review. The five winning entries of the Award of Excellence were Tianjin University’s Dancing in the Forest, Central Academy of Fine Arts’ Winding River & Flowing Mountain, Tsinghua University and Beijing Forestry University’s Weaving in Array, Beijing Forestry University’s Commensalism & Betty, and Beijing Forestry University’s Waiting for the Rain. The seven winning entries of the Honor Award were Tongji University’s Echoing Roam, Southeast University’s The Cube, Nanjing Forestry University’s Travel in the Infinite, Zhejiang A&F University’s Gulliver’s Corner Garden, Chu Hai College of Higher Education’s Bamboo View Finder, Kyung Hee University’s Falling Bamboo, and South China Agricultural University’s Open and Closed.



WANG Xiangrong

Dean and professor of the School of Landscape Architecture,Beijing Forestry University


Simon Bell

Professor of the Edinburgh College of Art, UK

Peter C. Bosselmann

Professor Emeritus of the Graduate School in Architecture, City & Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, University of California at Berkeley

IIke Marschall

Professor of the Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany

Ron Henderson

Director of the Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program, Illinois Institute of Technology

Robert Ryan

Department Chair and Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Jin-Oh Kim

Head and Associate Professor of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Kyung Hee University

Louise A. Mozingo

Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning, College of Environmental Design, University of California at Berkeley

Dirk Sijmons

Former Chair and Professor of Landscape Architecture, Delft University of Technology

Rik de Visser

Director of Landscape Design and Urban Planning, Vista


Professor of the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Tokyo


Vice President of the Anji County Bamboo Application Industry Association, Board Chairman of the Anji Zhujing Bamboo Industry Technology Co., Ltd.

LI Xiong

Vice President, Professor of Beijing Forestry University

SONG Yehao

Professor of the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University

YU Xuebin

Deputy General Manager of Beijing Landscape and Forestry Group Co., Ltd./ Chairman,General Manager of Beijing Florascape Co., Ltd.

ZHAO Wanmin

Former Dean, Doctoral Supervisor/Professor, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chongqing University


SUN Yehao, Central Garden—yunzai pavilion

Echoing Roam, Tongji University

Look upon the Moon, Chiba University

The Cube, Southeast University

Travel in the Infinite, Nanjing Forestry University

A Handscroll of Flower-and-Bird, Beijing Forestry

After Review, Tsinghua University

Dancing in the Forest, Tianjin University

Gulliver’s Corner Garden Zhejiang A&F University

Zhejiang A&F University, Bamboo View Finder, Chu Hai College of Higher Education

Winding River & Flowing Mountain, Central Academy of Fine Arts

Falling Bamboo, Kyung Hee University

Weaving in Array, Tsinghua University & Beijing Forestry University

Commensalism & Betty, Beijing Forestry University

Open and Closed, South China Agricultural University

Waiting for the Rain, Beijing Forestry University