My 3 shortlisted entries by Shawlin Islam at an Exhibition at Xinchang Historical town, China
On November 6, the award ceremony and achievement exhibition of the new cultural and creative design competition of the 2020 "Better Life. Renewal Field" officially kicked off at the Siku Study Room in Xinchang Ancient Town. More than 100 work and illustrations were displayed at the exhibition site, including the "Best Nomination Award", "Excellence Award" and "Finalist Award". It vividly, vividly and intuitively shows the beauty of life in Xinchang, an ancient town, and presents the wonderful artistic conception of Xinchang Water Town.
The rebirth, Xinchang ancient town
We all are aware of the salt culture of Xinchang. There is something mysterious about the magical water of this ancient town! Water being the most obvious to life, is also a symbol of purity and rebirth. Large suspension bridges celebrate the feeling of spiritual births. The illustration portrays growth, enlightenment and awe inspiring adventure for the visitors. A walk along the suspension bridges will not only bring them close to natural elements, it will also empty their mind and help step out of the worldly matters. The journey will be both charming and adventurous to attract more and more tourists.
Cherry blossoms symbolize a time of renewal and the fleeting nature of life! It reminds us that life is very short and temporary just as these cherry blossoms are! It makes people merry and so I would introduce more nature into the traditional architectural style of Xinchang ancient town. The enigmatic quality of the ancient town is in its nature and nature should co-exist with the built form to shake off the ‘worldly’ feelings for a while for people visiting Xinchang. This is for the reason that the walls of the structures of the town have witnessed a lot! The idea is to make people linger into the alleyways of the town as long as possible and introduce them to the oozing beauty of culture.
Xinchang- through the eyes of a bird
We humans are too busy thinking only about ourselves! Through this proposal, I would like to design the spaces to house nature more at Xinchang ancient town. Currently there are built structure throughout the city with tightly packed spaces. I have thought of placing the built structure at one side along the water body. The other side contains abundant nature to house birds of variety of species. Tourists can use the bridge and also boats to see the natural heritage. A special kind of boat to accommodate tourists can help raise economy of the town and revive it. With some enhancement, Xinchang can become a very popular tourist attraction full of cultural elements and history.