TRANS+ 1KM² 2021 AUBE Fellowship is now open for Applications ¥250,000 for Students to


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Similar to the Industrial Revolution two hundred years ago which has fundamentally transformed the pattern of growth, mode of production and the daily life of everyone, the incorporation of carbon neutrality into the overall planning of ecological development also marks a broad and profound systematic change in the society and economy. It will present a transition from the industrial civilization towards an ecological civilization, reshaping the relationship between human and nature.

For generations, architecture and urban environment have always been closely following the trends of science, thought, economy and social development. The physical spaces were left behind in different “time zones” while the timeline of development never pauses. Time after time, the industrial spaces have experienced migrations and turnarounds during the rearrangements of urbanization and transformations of industries, medals awarded for undergoing each of the time zones, both imprinting the bygone glory and signifying the opportunities of a restart.

How will the spaces once used to serve the production serve the human beings?

Will it be possible for better flexibility in the renewal of industrial spaces in reaction to the ever-changing economy and industrial structure?

How will the transformation of industrial spaces achieve the goal of sustainability and respond to the low-carbon development strategy?

How will the memories of places, spirit of the times and imagination of the cities carried within the industrial spaces be materialized into physical spaces in order to activate its surroundings, integrate into the urban environment and confront the forthcoming future?

Can we redefine the relationship between the physical spaces and social development?

In 2020, AUBE Fellowship proposed the research concept of 1KM², focusing on the human scale in the trend of high-density development through the lenses and methods of “Urban Pixel”, “Urban Resolution” and “Urban Field Research”. If the Fellowship committee has advocated a perspective as well as a research method in the previous one, the 2021 AUBE Fellowship hopes to concentrate on a specific issue concerning an urban space of better specificity and actuality this year, intending to set up a stage off the campus for the architects-to-be.

From now until December 22, 2021, if you qualify as an undergraduate (Year 3 and above), graduate or PhD student enrolled in courses related to the design fields including architecture, landscape, planning, or courses related to humanities and social sciences (sociology, economics, etc.) provided by registered higher education institutions either at home or from overseas, it is time to apply for the 2021 AUBE Fellowship to the organizer AUBE Conception as per application requirements and compete for the research fund totaling RMB250,000.

The hosting AUBE Fellowship committee will invite an Expert Think Tank to participate in the whole process from the preliminary review through to the final presentation. The Expert Think Tank comprises cultural industry experts from Nanshan District Government, city operation specialists, urban planners, architects, landscape architects, business planning consultants and experts from the fields of low-carbon and circular economy, who will offer broad and true observations from the professional side to accompany the participants in ways of launching lectures, on-site tutorials and project reviews and help to refresh their perception of the cities.

During the application period, the Fellowship committee will host live streaming and interact with the audience to interpret the research topic from multiple perspectives as well as to conduct guided “online site visits”. The shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in the 5-day workshop held in Shenzhen, where they will choose to form four teams according to the various directions of their own research questions. During the workshop, a 5-day “Design Marathon” accompanied by the Expert Think Tank will allow the students to experience the real-life architects’ pace of work, brainstorm and teamwork, and complete breakthrough research reports with practicality in collaboration.

During the workshop, the shortlisted applicants will also visit a number of place samples with Shenzhen urban genes under the guidance of industry professionals, exploring the economic model behind the Shenzhen’s urban phenomenon and reflecting the urban spatial evolution driven by the changes happening in the aspects of production relations and production methods.

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2021 AUBE Fellowship
TRANS+ 1KM² Research on Industrial Space Transformation with Carbon Peak and Neutrality Goals

01.Theme Topic Explained

Urban construction and urban renewal happening almost simultaneously, the four decades of Shenzhen’s history as a city has been a history largely shaped by industrial transformations again and again. This process witnesses the constant flowing and gathering of population, resources and information, all resulting in the activation of the terrific amount of urbanization energy.

Located on the boundary of Shenzhen Nanshan District adjacent to Bao’an District, Shenzhen Wisdomland Business Park has both recorded the prosperity of Shenzhen’s urban industrial civilization and witnessed the history of the city’s development. Having undergone three rounds of industrial transformation, the Park is now confronted with a new challenge of upgrade under the industrial system dominated by the concept of “technology + culture” prioritized by the Nanshan District government.

Taking the Shenzhen Nanshan Wisdomland Business Park as the central core, the research scope covers an area of 1km2 with a key research area of 0.045km2 .The Fellowship committee encourages the students to explore the possibilities of reactivating Wisdomland Business Park into a future-oriented sustainable “industry-living community”, during which process also probe into a series of complicate and complex urban society issues of urban renewal, industry upgrade and experiential scenarios in the context of energy revolution and technology revolution from an interdisciplinary perspective.

It will be a real-life transformation problem of an existing industrial park, an intense interdisciplinary practice of the profession, and a refreshed perception of the urban complexity.

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02.Project Research Process

1) Research and site visit: based on the information provided by the Fellowship host, the applicants should gather their own research materials of economic, political, industrial, urban texts and images around the areas related to the research object, actively take part in relevant topic interpretation sessions hosted by the organizer and obtain first-hand information from multiple aspects. The applicants can also plan their own field trips to visit Shenzhen Nanshan District and Wisdomland Business Park and document the site visit via multimedia approaches (drafts, sketches, memory maps, photographs and videos), and methods such as questionnaires, street interviews and in-depth interviews with relevant personnel can be also deployed for data collection when necessary. The emphasis should focus on the on-site records of subjective experience and objective conditions. For methodology, the applicants may refer to field research methods in anthropology and modernological methods in architecture.

2) Put forward an authentic question on industrial park upgrade: specific to the actual features of Wisdomland Business Park, the applicants should propose a research question around the subject of industrial parks that they have acknowledged, observed or experienced as the starting point. The question should be authentic and contemporary while applicable to a broader range of cases. The applicants should explain the basis and process of identifying the question, including but not limited to actual projects, data collection and theoretical literature reviews.

3) Propose one or a series of conceptual draft(s): applicants should determine their direction and conceptual framework to solve the problem according to the proposed research question, fully consider both spatial and non-spatial methods including industry orientation, regional policies, new business format development, spatial renewal and renovation, campus operational mechanism and communication approaches, and propose a conceptual draft of solutions tackling the problem.

4) Complete the research report: the shortlisted students will participate in the Shenzhen Workshop to develop their drafts in teams for the final review (for a detailed Workshop schedule, please refer to the upcoming shortlist announcement). The winner students will then finalize their prize research reports according to the final review comments. The report should be an illustrated text no less than 10,000 words, including but not limited to:
A. A summary of their research results on Wisdomland Business Park and its surrounding areas with an emphasis on their basis and process of identifying the question, including but not limited to actual cases, data and theoretical literature reviews;
B. Explanations of their solutions, elaborating in detail their ideas, methods, concepts and actual approaches in solving the problem via texts, drawings and videos;
C. Reflections upon industrial development and urban renewal;
D. An edited video clip of no less than 3 minutes recording the research process.

03.Application Requirements

Eligibility Criteria

1) The applicants must have been enrolled in courses related to the design fields including architecture, landscape, planning, or courses related to humanities and social sciences (sociology, economics, etc.) provided by registered higher education institutions either at home or abroad as an undergraduate (Year 3 and above), graduate or PhD student during the application period;
2) The Fellowship committee encourages interdisciplinary applicant teams (maximum 3 students), and is also open to individual applicants. For teams, it is applicable to include no more than one student from overseas institutions that meets the requirements of clause 1);
3) For teams, the Fellowship committee recommend to team up with students from higher education institutions of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area that meet the requirements of clause 1) for better understandings of the current situation of the project and its surrounding environment. It is also encouraged to conduct site visits to fully inspect and experience the site if necessary.



1) One winning team: an award-winning research fund of RMB150,000 (tax incl.);
2) A number of excellent teams: award-winning research funds totaling RMB100,000 (tax incl.).


Application Information Required

1) The Applicant’s CV (which shall cover the applicant’s basic personal information, contact details, education background and professional experiences including name, age and gender; one A4 page maximum) and a statement of student status letter;
2) An Application Proposal Report, including but not limited to the first three sections of the abovementioned ‘Project Research Process’, that is, the research, the question and the draft solution. The proposal report shall be an illustrated text of minimum 2,000 words, including a mandatory subject introduction of approximately 150 words;
3) Other supporting materials, including compiled personal portfolios and essay collections that may prove the applicant’s proficiency. All information under this section should be organized separately into one single PDF file (20MB maximum).


How to Apply & Important Dates

1) The application accepts electronic documents. Application E-mail: Application enquiry: Wang Rui 0755-26930800-8396, or add Official Staff  WeChat:  13528795850 (9:00-18:00 Weekdays).
2) Applicant E-mail title format: institution name + department + year + name + 2021 AUBE Fellowship Application
3) Application period: October 22, 2021 to December 22, 2021
4) Online topic interpretation: early November 2021
5) Shortlist announcement: mid-January 2022
6) 5-day Shenzhen Workshop: mid-to-late February 2022
7) Winners announcement: end of February 2022
8)Winners’ completion of research reports: March 2022
9) Research Publication
Notes: all above mentioned schedules are arranged in Beijing time. Updates will be notified if there is any change.


Application Notes

1) All materials submitted for AUBE Fellowship by the applicants will not be returned. Meanwhile, submitted application research proposals shall be organized around a clear subject formed by the original and independent research of the individual applicant/team and must not contain any material that infringes the intellectual property rights or other rights of a third party. In the event of infringement the applicant involved will bear all legal consequences, and if any losses or related costs incurred to AUBE Conception in this situation, compensations shall be made.
2) If any falsification is submitted by the applicants, including submitting false certificates or academic information, work of plagiarism and other false material or information, AUBE Conception has the right to cancel their participation qualification, revoke their awards and claim back their awarded fellowship funds. If any losses or related costs incurred to AUBE Conception in this situation, compensations shall be made.
3) Shortlisted applicants/winners who, due to personal reasons, cannot participate in the Shenzhen Workshop review, submit the research report, take part in the achievements sharing sessions or attend other relevant events according to the schedule and methods designated by AUBE Conception will be deemed to have renounced the opportunity of claiming the Fellowship this time. They will be disqualified for AUBE Fellowship of this year by AUBE Conception.
4) If any changes occur to relevant events and time schedule of 2021 AUBE Fellowship due to force majeure, AUBE Conception has the right to determine all new itineraries.
5) The shortlist and the final result will be published on the WeChat official account of AUBE Conception (ID:AUBE19980417) and its official website ( Please pay close attention to relevant information.
6) AUBE Conception reserves the right to final interpretation of the event.
7) The submission of relevant application materials for the Fellowship to AUBE Conception from the applicants is deemed to be their recognition and acceptance of all the requirements involved in this document.

04.About AUBE Fellowship

AUBE Fellowship is an independent non-profit research foundation for future design talents launched by AUBE Conception in 2019. Rooted in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area and confronting the frontline of urbanization in China, it funds a number of outstanding students from higher education institutions to complete their research on professional subjects each year. AUBE Fellowship advocates the public to criticize and inherit material and spiritual legacies of China and the world with scientific spirits, humanistic care and the courage to change, and also encourages architectural students to identify the urban issues, investigate the spatial locale and contemplate the future cities.

Founded in 1997 in Paris of France and entered China in Shenzhen in 1998, AUBE Conception offers design services that integrate architecture, planning, landscape and construction with a corporate culture of diversity, inclusiveness and openness, actively responding to its social responsibilities as always. Over the past 24 years, AUBE Conception has accomplished more than 1,800 projects, including OCT Ecological Square, Shenzhen CFC Changfu Center, Guiyang International Eco-Conference Center, Guiyang 201 Tower, Shenzhen Talent Park, The Peninsula Shenzhen, Shenzhen Q_Plex, Shenzhen World Convention and Exhibition Center, Bao’an Waterfront Culture Park, Shenwan Huiyun Center and other major achievements. 

2021 witnesses the third anniversary of AUBE Fellowship. In 2019, AUBE Fellowship paid tribute to the master architect and to celebrate the classics by revisiting the architectural journey of Le Corbusier. Led by the AUBE academic leader, the 8 fellowship winners (two winners have renounced the field trip) visited 19 masterpieces designed by Le Corbusier across France in 9 days, tracing the way of how this Modernist giant answered the proposition of his era. In 2020, AUBE Fellowship proposed the research concept of 1km2, focusing on the human scale in the trend of high-density development through the lenses and methods of “Urban Pixel”, “Urban Resolution” and “Urban Field Research”, having received a total of 57 proposed subjects submitted by 114 undergraduate, graduate or PhD students enrolled in architecture-related courses (architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, heritage conservation, etc.) from 45 renowned Chinese and overseas universities and colleges. In the end, 11 teams of winner students have received the Fellowship and completed their research trips related to the subjects. The relevant research achievements of 2020 winners will be shared with the public during the course of 2021 AUBE Fellowship events.