The Walk DVRC International Design Competition is a way to imagine a more walkable, pedestrian environment on a 1.4 km stretch of Des Voeux Road Central in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central Business District. It is an idea-based contest to re-envision and re-engage the street as quality public space – a placemaking effort in a vehicle-choked urban street. The Competition is an international one where any interested party is eligible to participate. From all compliant Expression of Interest statements, a renowned Jury will invite five Finalists to participate in the Design Competition.
FIVE FINALISTS WILL BE FLOWN TO HONG KONG FOR A SITE VISIT
Following a further deliberation by the Jury, five Finalists will be selected to fly to Hong Kong for a site visit and meet with members of Walk DVRC’s Steering Committee, HK’s Planning Department, Hong Kong University’s Department of Architecture, Curators of M+ Museum as well as individuals who represent the Urban Renewal Authority, Clean Air Network, Hong Kong Public Space Initiative, Urban Land Institute, town planners, traffic consultants and District Councilors.
TOP FIVE WILL BE AWARDED US$20,000 EACH
The five Finalists will be given US$20,000 for use on production of their entries. These entries, submitted digitally, should take the form of a maximum of 4 A0 boards and may also be accompanied by animation/video.
The overall Competition winner will have the opportunity to speak at the Business of Design Week (BoDW), Asia’s leading annual event on design, innovation and brands, in Hong Kong in early December 2018 in the Culture and City track http://bodw.com/en/ to a large audience of international design influencers. All five Finalists will have their work displayed at a prominent venue in the city. In addition, the overall winner will be given US$30,000 with which to make a model. Every year, the Hong Kong Design Centre with the grants from Create Smart Initiative brings more than 70 speakers to BoDW throughout the week. Past speakers have included such iconic names as Rem Koolhaas, Shigeru Ban, Dieter Ram, Ross Lovegrove, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Michele de Lucchi, Jeanne Gang, Thomas Heatherwick and other top design and cultural masters. BoDW also includes world-class design critics and museum curators such as Alice Rawsthorn, Maria Balshaw, Deyan Sudjic, and artists such as Jaume Plensa, and Javier Mariscal. BoDW is an international brand that was inaugurated in 2002. The week is officiated by Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, and top officials of the event’s partner country or city.