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Arup empowers youths to chart a sustainable future for Hong Kong

Jerman Cheung Jerman Cheung East Asia Press Office,Hong Kong
18 January 2022

In keeping with its commitment to shaping a better world, Arup recently organised the ‘Envisioning a sustainable Hong Kong’ video competition to raise awareness among young people, aiming to extend a positive influence on their peers, family and the community to enhance the city’s future.

The Hong Kong government and various sectors have been taking proactive steps to address challenges including aging population, the landfill problem, and climate change. On top of it, it is important to pool together the efforts of all members of the community, especially the younger generation, empowering them to channel their opinions and play a greater role in driving sustainable development. This competition offered youngsters a precious opportunity to draw up their own blueprint for the future Hong Kong and amplify their voices and aspirations through video production.

As part of its 45th anniversary celebration in Hong Kong, Arup shared with young people an array of sustainable engineering and design solutions, riding on its impactful projects in the city, from Tai Kwun – the largest revitalisation complex, to T·PARK – the first waste-to-energy facility, and to Neuron – a digital platform for smart building management. The participants were also guided to develop an innovative mindset and leadership skills in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Sustainable development is more than just a global issue, but one closely related to our city and lives with far-reaching impact on our descendants. By co-envisioning the city’s future with the younger generation, we hope to gather new impetus to drive innovation that makes Hong Kong greener, more liveable and resilient. ” Michael Kwok Michael Kwok East Asia Region Chair

The competition received an overwhelming response, attracting more than 230 entries from teams formed by 480 students across 51 local secondary schools. From using animations and 3D models to creating a game-like experience, the participants unleashed their creativity in a 45-second video, showcasing their visions of Hong Kong with insights on infrastructure, building design, waste management and urban planning. The results of the competition were announced at an award presentation ceremony last month, and the winning entries are available for viewing on Arup’s YouTube channel.

The competition was supported by social welfare organisations including the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, St. James’ Settlement, The Women’s Foundation, and The Zubin Foundation. Various learning opportunities were provided during the competition, including an online workshop with experts sharing to enhance students’ understanding of the UN SDGs and video production techniques. The students also met Arup’s engineers to explore their aspirations in the engineering and design sector. Outstanding participants will be given a visit and job shadowing opportunities at Arup.

‘Envisioning a sustainable Hong Kong’ video competition Award ceremony (c)Arup ‘Envisioning a sustainable Hong Kong’ video competition Award ceremony (c)Arup