Few opportunities are available in Hong Kong to take part in redeveloping the urban environment. In many countries, public ideas competitions have been established to give architects and designers the chance to participate in the transformation of their cities.

Architectural design competitions offer a means of finding high-quality planning solutions for specific sites through a broad public search.

Therefore, to open debate on major topical changes to Hong Kong, an international student ideas competition is proposed to revitalize some ‘unplanned areas’ in the district. The competition will provide a positive way of uncovering the hidden potential of the neighborhoods under study.

The aim of the competition is to implement the research premise that micro-interventions can significantly influence city structure. The site(s) addressed in the competition may be identified during the site analysis of the district. Ideally, the jury panel responsible for evaluating students’ proposals will comprise members of the district council, the local community, and other experts.