Register: MAR/24/2020, Submit: MAR/31/2020, Eligibility: Undergraduate students of architecture, urban design, urban planning, urban studies, landscape, arts, design; individually, teams, Fee: Free, Awards: Each of 4 locations (Wa On Lane sitting-out area, Kau U Fong children’s playground, Cochrane Street sitting-out area, Lok Hing Lane temporary sitting-out area): Winner: 800 USD, Runner-up: 200 USD, Honorable Mentions; all prizes are tax inclusive
Hong Kong has been defined as an “IntenCity”, a word that expresses a combination of different urban qualities. These include concentration, density, complexity, and verticality, whose overlapping exhibits a new level of intensity that is somehow more than the sum of its parts (Shelton, Karakiewicz, and Kvan 2011). However, in this complex urban structure, most of the public spaces, especially those in old urban areas, are poorly managed and designed. These spaces, created by adopting a rigid, top-down approach and general solutions to a variety of sites and different urban conditions, are not attractive and do not facilitate social interaction and community activities. High-quality open public spaces can significantly increase a city’s attractiveness by encouraging business investment and improving living conditions.