Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Event host

Advanced Water Management Centre

21 June 2021 9:00am to 25 June 2021 5:00pm


The University of Queensland


Registrations close 11:00pm Monday 24 May 2021

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The regional population is growing but how do we ensure new developments are more liveable, efficient, sustainable, resilient and resource-efficient?

How do we integrate water and energy systems into existing infrastructure while taking advantage of the benefits distributed systems offer?

Over five days of workshops, interactive activities, field trips and group sessions with experts and leading academics, your multidisciplinary team will work together on a case study to solve this problem!

You’ll learn from industry experts, network with mentors, judges, and presenters – established specialists in their fields working in the industry – participate in site visits where you’ll see real-life challenges and solutions first-hand, and get to know other students from across disciplines.

Get creative as you systematically plan and then build your city with Lego!

  • Build applied knowledge. Use critical thinking around a key issue influencing city design and management.
  • Employ your understanding of the field (energy, water, architecture, planning) to solve real-life problems related to urban growth, water and energy supply, security and efficiency. 
  • Hear from leading international scientists and industry managers working in the domain of water and energy efficient cities. 
  • The Challenge is equal to 40 hours of Continuing Professional Development including knowledge and use of CRC Water Sensitive Cities analysis tools.
  • Check the feasibility of your ideas with team members from other fields (all teams will be multidisciplinary), with on-line real-time scoring.
  • Morning/afternoon tea and lunch included every day plus a networking dinner.
  • Win $2000 worth of team prizes and have your design showcased by the CRC Water Sensitive Cities and others.

What's on

  • Days 13 are lectures, interactive activities and site visits.
  • Days 4 and 5 are intense group work with the support of academics and professionals.

Download the event flyer to learn more and view the workshop overview.

Who should attend

The Challenge is open to UQ students and external professionals.

Participation in all 5 days is required. Applications are encouraged from the following programs:

  • Masters of Architecture (ARCH7042, 7060, 7061)
  • Master of Sustainable Energy (ENGY7301)
  • Masters of Urban Water (WATR7109, CIVL7131, or WATR 7103))
  • Urban Hydrology (CIVL7131)
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP).
  • Engineering Grand Challenges (ENGG7701)
  • Environmental Risk Assessment and Management (CIVL4170) 
  • Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (3rd and 4th year)
  • Environmental Issues and Sustainability in Engineering (CIVL2315) year).

Cost for participation

  • UQ Student: $25 (including lunches, dinner, field trip and drinks)
  • External professionals: $500 (5 full scholarships are available for partner organisations, by application.)

Total spaces are limited to 55 so early applications are encouraged.


Professor Steven Kenway