Pop-up Urban Intervention

Student Design Competition

This semester the year-three students of the School of Architecture of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) enrolled in the studio Build’ were asked to design a pop-up urban intervention to reactivate abandoned/residual areas of Hong Kong with the aim to encourage social interaction within the community. For two weeks, as a part of the course assignments, 16 teams of students conceived a temporary urban prototype that was intended to be low-cost and replicable across the open spaces of the city that have similar urban conditions. The projects, evaluated by a team of academic and professional experts in the field of architecture, urban design, and urban planning, were judged based on the following criteria:

Creativity – Originality of the idea and approach
Buildability – Capacity of the intervention to be easily built and installed
Replicability – Capacity of the intervention to be replicable across the city
Sociability – Capacity of the intervention to stimulate social engagement

International Jury Panel:

Hendrik Tieben , Director of the Master of Urban Design at The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gianni Talamini, Director of the Master of Urban Design at City University of Hong Kong
Filipe Afonso, Professor at Guangzhou University, China
Tatjana Crossley, Assistant Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Nuno Soares, Senior Lecturer at the University of Saint Joseph Macao
Michael Stott, Director at Cistri, Australia
Sarah Mui, Co-founder of One Bite Studio, Hong Kong
Jia Ping-Lee, Founder of Tempatico, Malaysia

The results will be announced on May 15 during the Session 06 of the International Symposium ‘Making Place in the Greater Bay Area’. The winners, which will be awarded by Prof. Chiu Chi Yue, Dean of the Faculty of Social Science of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, will have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life by realizing a real scale prototype of their project in a selected public space.


Winner: Group 5
Project: The Interwoven – Placemaking Interventions in Sham Shui Po Park.
XIONG, Chuyu Juliana
CHEN, Mo Zoe
WU, Yue Alice

Runner-up: Group 3
Project: Hybrid Climbing Frame
CHAN, Ho Nam Carson
CHEUNG, Yi Yvonne
FANG, Kuan Chung Joe

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