original, experimental, exploratory and forward-looking; proposing creative ideas for future development;

public-oriented, practical, eco-friendly and recyclable; proposing newurban living concepts;

pioneering, dynamic, facilitative and transformative; improving theefficiency of industrial development;

influential,attracting wide international attention.

Criteria for Sustainable Development Special Award refer to the 15 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda promoted by the UNESCO. The award goes to the project that can best help realize these goals.


  • Phase One: preliminary evaluation

    The jury panels will conduct the first evaluation online and examine the images, videos and other supporting materials of entries according to the judging criteria.The projects nominated by nominators (individuals and organisations) do not need to go through the preliminary evaluation and go directly to the final judging.

  • Phase Two: final judging

    The jury panels will meet and judge in Shenzhen. Tangible projects and supporting materials of entries will be presented at the jury meeting. The jury panel will name all the awards in this final judging.


The organizer will invite world-leading architects, designers, professional magazines or publication editors, and professional organizations to nominate projects. A maximum of 20 individual nominators are invited for each category. Each individual nominator can nominate a maximum of 5 projects, and each institutional nominator can nominate a maximum of 10 projects. The nominated projects will go directly to the final judging. The list of nominators (individuals and institutions) will be posted on the official website in due course.

The nominated projects and related materials must be fully registered and uploaded online before 20 March, 2019. Tangible projects must be arranged in advance, delivered in time in order to arrive before the deadline 25 March, 2019.