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Launch of Design Ideas Competition for Kai Tak River P Kai Tak Development (with photos)
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     The "Design Ideas Competition for Kai Tak River E Kai Tak Development" is open for entries from today (August 26). Qualified professionals and the general public are invited to contribute innovative design concepts on the section of the Kai Tak River within the Kai Tak Development Area to serve as a reference for the project in the future.

     Speaking at a media briefing today, the Head of the Kai Tak Office under the Civil Engineering and Development Department, Ms Ying Fun-fong, said, "The Kai Tak River is a crucial landmark of the Kai Tak Development that links closely with the hinterland of Wong Tai Sin District. The Government has been carrying out improvement works in the upstream and midstream sections of the Kai Tak River to turn it into an attractive green river corridor through urban areas, providing more space for leisure and public activities while improving the drainage capacity in East Kowloon.

     "The theme of the competition is 'Meandering Sentiments'. We hope to solicit innovative urban and landscape design ideas to transform the Kai Tak River into a people-oriented place with a mixture of vibrancy and tranquility for enjoyment and relaxation, integrating with the surrounding districts and thereby creating a more closely-knit community."

     The competition has been organised by the Civil Engineering and Development Department in collaboration with the Energizing Kowloon East Office of the Development Bureau, the Architectural Services Department, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Planning Department, the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, the Hong Kong Institute of Planners, the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors and the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design.

     The competition is divided into a Professional Group and an Open Group. Both local and overseas participants are welcome. Participants in the Professional Group should be qualified professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, planning, urban design or surveying. The Open Group is open to the general public. Participants of the two groups may submit individual or collaborative entries. Attractive prizes include $400,000, $150,000 and $100,000 for the first, second and third winning entries in the Professional Group, and $80,000, $30,000 and $20,000 for the first, second and third winning entries in the Open Group.

     Registration for the competition will close on September 22. Entries should be submitted from October 30 to November 3. For details and the rules of the competition, please visit the competition website at www.ktridesign.hk.

Ends/Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Issued at HKT 19:35

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