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Roving exhibition for Kai Tak Fantasy International Ideas Competition shortlisted submissions begins (with photos)

The Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO) of the Development Bureau launched the Kai Tak Fantasy (KTF) - International Ideas Competition on Urban Planning and Design in November last year, and 80 submissions were received up to February this year. First-stage adjudication has been completed and four submissions were shortlisted. They will be showcased at a roving exhibition starting today (June 5) and running for two months, and public opinions on the design concepts will be collected. In parallel, the "A Place for You" video contest will be held.

The 90-hectare KTF, comprising the former airport runway tip in the Kai Tak Development, the Kwun Tong Ferry Pier Action Area and the enclosed water body in between will become a tourism and entertainment destination for the enjoyment of the local community and visitors, and will have synergy with various Energizing Kowloon East initiatives.

At a press briefing today, the Head of the EKEO, Ms Brenda Au, said that the competition aims to solicit creative and innovative urban planning and design proposals for KTF. It has attracted submissions from Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas by planners, architects, engineers, landscape architects, surveyors and other professionals. The submissions are all distinctive, demonstrating the design theme of KTF through various creative approaches.

"We welcome public views on the shortlisted submissions. We would like to know their preferences regarding the design ideas and concepts. We also seek to understand their views on which designs they think may best unleash the creative potential of KTF, demonstrate the unique identity of the place and create synergy effects with the transformation of Kowloon East," Ms Au added.

The KTF Technical Committee reviewed all 80 submissions in March and submitted a report to the jury panel headed by the Secretary for Development, Mr Paul Chan, for reference (please refer to Appendix A for the composition of the jury panel). The jury panel conducted the first-stage adjudication in April, and four submissions were shortlisted to enter the second stage. After that, the finalists further developed and enhanced their design proposals.

Details of the roving exhibition can be found in Appendix B. At the same time, the EKEO will commission the Social Sciences Research Centre (SSRC) of the University of Hong Kong to collect public views through questionnaires. The public may express their views on or before August 5 by filling in the questionnaire on the competition website or at the roving exhibition, or by sending feedback in writing via email, fax or post. The SSRC will compile the opinions into a report and submit it to the jury panel for their reference in the second-stage adjudication.

To encourage public participation in contributing ideas for KTF, the EKEO is organising a video contest, "A Place for You", with Jockey Club M21 of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups as the managing organisation.

The Director of M21, Mr James Mok, said that the purpose of KTF echoes that of M21. He said he hopes that, based on the design ideas from the KTF competition, members of the public could show their creativity in the video contest and express their visions and place-making ideas for KTF to make it "A Place for You" and all.

The video contest has three divisions, with one open to all and the others for tertiary and secondary students. Two renowned movie directors, Mr Adam Wong and Ms Heiward Mak, will be the professional jurors. The prizes of this video contest amount to about $100,000 in total. M21 will hold two video-making workshops with free admission on July 5 and 12 at the EKEO Exhibition Hall. Ms Mak will share practical skills and tips on video production. Interested parties may register on the website.

For more details of the competition and the video contest, please visit the competition website www.kaitakfantasy.hk.


Ends/Thursday, June 5, 2014
Issued at HKT 17:55

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The Head of the Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO), Ms Brenda Au (centre); the Deputy Head of the EKEO, Ms Winnie Ho (first right); the Professional Adviser to the Kai Tak Fantasy - International Ideas Competition on Urban Planning and Design, Mr Ivan Ho (second right); the Director of M21, Mr James Mok (second left); and the Director of the Social Sciences Research Centre of the University of Hong Kong, Professor John Bacon-Shone (first left), attend the press briefing on the Kai Tak Fantasy - International Ideas Competition on Urban Planning and Design today (June 5).. Ms Au speaks about the four shortlisted submissions of the Kai Tak Fantasy - International Ideas Competition on Urban Planning and Design at the press briefing..  


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