A team called Brick and Mortar has been crowned champions of the ICE Hong Kong Association (HKA) Graduates and Students (G&S) Communications Competition 2018/19.
The team was made up of graduates from Meinhardt Infrastructure and Environment Ltd and Arup and won a cash prize of HK$2,500.
Faizi Saad Ali, Arup, from the winning team also won the best presenter prize, which earned him HK$500.
The competitors had to present proposals for developing a new town after a disaster.
In the scenario provided, adverse weather and an earthquake had led to the evacuation of 10,000 residents from the fictional ‘Atlas city’ to ‘Kongo Bay Area’.
The teams had to propose ideas for a redevelopment project in the Kongo Bay Area to provide immediate relief to the homeless refugees, and to develop a new town to increase housing capacity there.
Five teams took part in the competition on 16 February 2019 at City University of Hong Kong.
They each had 15 minutes to present on their proposal in a mock public consultation meeting. These were followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.
According to the judges, all teams exhibited outstanding communication skills, passion for the profession, and technical capability. The judges were Major Tommy Chan, Terence Lam and Theresa Yeung.
Brick and Mortar’s solution was to adopt redesigned concrete pipes to be temporary housing, while runners up Concrete Jungle presented on a smart city approach.
Concrete Jungle was the first runner-up, which was a team from HKSAR Government and MTR Corporation Ltd. It won a cash prize of HK$1,500.
Cool as ICE, a team made up of people from The University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, was the second runner-up and won HK$1,000.