Winners of the IFLA Student Design Competition 2019 were announced this week at the 56th IFLA World Congress held in Oslo, Norway.

The theme of this year’s international competition, ‘Common Ground’, encouraged applicants to look closely at urban transformation, green mobility, healthy and beautiful landscapes, community participation, climate change and population growth – themes that are to be explored at this week’s conference.

As part of their entry, students were asked for design proposals for Grønvold Park, a new public green space as part of the redevelopment of Hovinbyen, a major former industrial area in central Oslo. Read the competition brief.

A total of 254 submissions were received from 15 countries.

1st Prize – Group Han Prize for Landscape Architecture

“Balance of Situation: Landscape Design Strategies, Urban Intensive Transition Areas”

By: Jiang Han Yang, Zhou Ming Jie, Wei Zhong Mian

Nanjing Forestry University, China

2nd Prize – Group Han Commendation Award for Landscape Architecture

“Urban Life Laboratory – Self-service garden with free constructing spaces”

By: Zhuang Hang, Hu Ersi

Beijing Forestry University, China

3rd Prize – Norwegian Association of Landscape Architects Merit Award

“Et sted a vaere”

By: Ricardo Pala, Marta Terlim, Pedro Casalta

Universidade de Evora, Portugal

Jury special mention

 In addition to the top three prize winners, the jury selected three projects for special mention. Although they did not receive a top prize, they were commendable for various aspects of their work.

“The Idyllic Ideal”

By: Liu Hui, Zheng Anjun, Ma Xiaoyi, Yuan Zhengxiong, Wang Yuan

Southwestern Forestry University, School of Landscape Architecture and Horticultural

Science, China

“Push the Cube – community park model of multiple symbiosis”

By: Yi Hou, Youjin Chen

Hainan University, China

“Moving the History Boxes”

By: Shi Zhancheng, Li Xiaowan, Wang Yiquan, Qiao Qijin

Soochow University, Suzhou, China


A huge congratulations to all!

We’ll be posting an update about the projects themselves very soon.