A City Symbol Loved by Residents

In October 2014, the Final Screening for the 49th Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition was held in Tokyo. This year’s theme was “A City Symbol Loved by Residents” which sought ideas for an urban symbol that not only has functionality and rationality but is fostered by the city’s people. Seven selected teams gave a presentation in front of the jury. “RE-SYMBOL” by Li Siqi (China) and Chen Xiaoting (The Netherlands) was selected as the winning proposal. The competition for 2015 is now open for entries until August 3, 2015.

“RE-SYMBOL” by Li Siqi and Chen Xiaoting

The entry by Mr. Li and Ms. Chen proposes rebuilding of an earthquake-struck temple in Qixin Village in China by the residents using bamboo structure. The process of communal reconstruction helps re-symbol the heart of the village. One of the judges Hiroshi Naito favored their approach of reconstructing what has been physically lost into a new form and make it a symbol which endeavors to claim historical character in a realistic way.

“ESCOLA DE ESCADAS” by Itaru Yamamoto, Yuma Ogata, and Taku Inagaki


“Informality & Dethematazation” by Long Zuo and Xuepei Wang

Two teams were awarded second place. “ESCOLA DE ESCADAS” by Itaru Yamamoto, Yuma Ogata, and Taku Inagaki (Japan) uses streets and adjacent empty buildings in a favela in Brazil as publicly accessible space for education that could revitalize the community. “Informality & Dethematazation” by Mr. Zuo (USA) and Ms. Wang (China) loosened the form and sequence of traditional Asian temples and floated the structures on the lake to be used openly by the residents.

Honorable mentions were awarded to four teams:

“Architectures enhancing occupational features” by Masaya Ichikawa and Tatsuru Satoh (Japan)


“WATER CREATED BY CITY” by Joong Hee Kim, Ik-jun Jang, Jong Han Suel (first three members, Korea), and Seok Jae Song (USA)


“Flowered stack monument” by Takuya Oba and Koji Kinoshita (Japan)


“‘Town Bookshelf’ – Residents’ used books build a new relationship –” by Koji Kawabata (Japan)