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Non-Executive Director of the URA Board, Professor Eddie Hui (from left); Deputy Executive Director of the VTC, Ir Dr Eric Liu; and Managing Director of the URA, Ir Wai Chi-sing, assess the submissions to select the winning entries at the final adjudication cum award presentation ceremony.
Non-Executive Director of the URA Board, Professor Eddie Hui (from left); Deputy Executive Director of the VTC, Ir Dr Eric Liu; and Managing Director of the URA, Ir Wai Chi-sing, assess the submissions to select the winning entries at the final adjudication cum award presentation ceremony.
The shortlisted teams exert their best efforts to introduce their design concepts and presentations at the final adjudication.
The shortlisted teams exert their best efforts to introduce their design concepts and presentations at the final adjudication.
The shortlisted teams exert their best efforts to introduce their design concepts and presentations at the final adjudication.
The shortlisted teams exert their best efforts to introduce their design concepts and presentations at the final adjudication.
The adjudication panel and participating students exchange ideas on innovative design to improve the living environment of the elderly in old districts.
The adjudication panel and participating students exchange ideas on innovative design to improve the living environment of the elderly in old districts.
URA arranges guided tours and visit to Urban Renewal Exploration Centre for participating students to better understand the problems encountered by elderly people in old districts and to learn about the issues of urban renewal.
URA arranges guided tours and visit to Urban Renewal Exploration Centre for participating students to better understand the problems encountered by elderly people in old districts and to learn about the issues of urban renewal.
URA arranges guided tours and visit to Urban Renewal Exploration Centre for participating students to better understand the problems encountered by elderly people in old districts and to learn about the issues of urban renewal.
URA arranges guided tours and visit to Urban Renewal Exploration Centre for participating students to better understand the problems encountered by elderly people in old districts and to learn about the issues of urban renewal.
Wong Man-chi (from right), Fong Ching and Chung Kin-ho of the Architectural Studies of IVE, win the Excellence Award and Most Innovative Award for their design titled “DOME山再起”.
Wong Man-chi (from right), Fong Ching and Chung Kin-ho of the Architectural Studies of IVE, win the Excellence Award and Most Innovative Award for their design titled “DOME山再起”.
Shiu Chung-hang (from right), Ho Tsz-fung and Chan Chi-yung of the Architectural Studies of IVE, was awarded the Most Practical Award for their design titled “All in One Residential”.
Shiu Chung-hang (from right), Ho Tsz-fung and Chan Chi-yung of the Architectural Studies of IVE, was awarded the Most Practical Award for their design titled “All in One Residential”.
Chan Lung (left) and Chung Ka-ho (right) of the Surveying of IVE, was awarded the Most Eco-friendly Award for their design titled “The Next Paradise T.N.P”.
Chan Lung (left) and Chung Ka-ho (right) of the Surveying of IVE, was awarded the Most Eco-friendly Award for their design titled “The Next Paradise T.N.P”.
Wong Man-lung (left) of the Building Technology with Interior Design of IVE, was awarded the Best Model Award for his design titled “Oasis”.
Wong Man-lung (left) of the Building Technology with Interior Design of IVE, was awarded the Best Model Award for his design titled “Oasis”.

URA encourages young people to use innovative ideas to enhance living quality of elderly in old districts

 To encourage tertiary students to apply their knowledge and skills, the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) and the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) of the Vocational Training Council (VTC) joined hands to co-organise the “URA/IVE Innovative Design Competition 2018” which provided an opportunity for young people to improve the living quality of elderly in old districts through creative designs. 

The final adjudication cum award presentation ceremony of the competition was held last night (Wednesday), where Non-Executive Director of the URA Board, Professor Eddie Hui Chi-man; Deputy Executive Director of the VTC, Ir Dr Eric Liu Sai-lok; and Managing Director of the URA, Ir Wai Chi-sing, assessed the submissions and presented the awards to the winning teams.

In Hong Kong, many elderly people live in a crowded living environment in old districts where air ventilation is poor or in buildings that are without elevator.  With the theme of “innovative ideas for old districts”, the competition aimed at encouraging tertiary students to gain first-hand understanding of the living environment of the elderly in old districts.  It also encourages them to make use of their knowledge acquired in schools and their creativity to come up with a design concept or tool that can help enhance the daily lives of elderly.  Launched in December last year, the competition invited higher diploma students from the engineering programme of IVE and the architectural design programme of Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) to participate.  With an aim to deepen participating students’ understanding of the problems encountered by elderly people in old districts, the URA has arranged for them guided tours to old districts.  Participating students also visited the URA’s Urban Renewal Exploration Centre to learn about the issues of urban renewal from different perspectives.

Comprising representatives from the URA and IVE, the Shortlisting Panel shortlisted 10 entries, out of nearly 50 submissions received in late April, for the final adjudication yesterday where the 10 shortlisted teams introduced their design concepts and presentations to the adjudicators one by one.

Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Eddie Hui, who was one of the adjudicators, said: “Every entry is a creation that has combined the creativity, technique and care of the students for the community.  The entries of the 10 finalists, in particular, are very distinctive and outstanding in terms of their design concepts, structures, practicability and creativity.  The URA will continue to organise a wide range of activities which will serve as a cooperation platform connecting the URA, tertiary institutions and the community to promote the awareness of young people towards the community with an aim to serve residents of old districts together.”

Deputy Executive Director of the VTC, Ir Dr Eric Liu Sai-lok, said, “Not only did the students apply their professional knowledge acquired from their disciplines to transform their design concepts into entities, they also have the opportunity to learn first-hand the living conditions of elderly people in old districts. It is through understanding the needs of users and the community that the students can enhance their designs which will benefit the elderly users.”

Year 2 students of the Architectural Studies of IVE, Fong Ching, Wong Man-chi and Chung Kin-ho were awarded the “Excellence Award” and “Most Innovative Award”.  Noting that there was a lack of space in old districts for elderly to stretch and relax, they designed a dome-like outdoor facility which could be placed on the rooftop of old buildings with an aim to enhance the living quality of elderly.  Student Fong Ching, said on behalf of the team after receiving the award, “The competition recognises the innovation ideas of young people.  We’ve learned a great deal about the needs of elderly from our visits to old districts.  We then come up with a creative design that aims to enhance the living environment in old districts, which also allows us to express our care to the community.”

Starting from 31 May to 7 June, a week-long exhibition featuring the winning entries of the URA/IVE Innovative Design Competition 2018 will be displayed at the Comix Home Base in Wan Chai for public viewing.  More information and photos of the competition are also available at the Facebook Page of the Urban Renewal Exploration Centre  (www.facebook.com/UrbanRenewalExplorationCentre).

Results of URA/IVE Innovative Design Competition 2018

Award

Winning teams

and their schools

Entry

Excellence Award

Fong Ching, Wong Man-chi, Chung Kin-ho

(IVE-Architectural Studies)

DOME山再起

Most Innovative Award

Most Practical Award

Shiu Chung-hang, Ho Tsz-fung, Chan Chi-yung
(IVE- Architectural Studies)

All in One Residential

Most Eco-friendly Award

Chung Ka-ho, Chan Lung
(IVE- Surveying)

The Next Paradise ”T.N.P”

Best Model Award

Wong Man-lung
(IVE-Building Technology with Interior Design)

Oasis

(ENDS)