Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

22 June 2020 9:00am to 29 June 2020 5:00pm


The University of Queensland


Registrations for this event are now closed

Have fun!  
Get creative, systematically plan and then build with Lego your city.
  • 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.
  • Presentations from leading international scientists and industry managers working in the domain of water and energy efficienct cities.
  • 40hrs of Continuing and Professional Development including knowledge and use of CRC Water Sensitive Cities analysis tools.
  • Check feasibility of your ideas with team members from other fields (all teams will be multidisciplinary). On-line real-time scoring.
  • Dinner, lunches and morning/afternoon tea included.


All UQ students are eligible for free participation in the Design Challenge, noting participation in all 5 days is required. Students studying the following courses or programs are encouraged to participate:

  • 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 - $1,500 (5 full scholarships are available for partner organisations, by application.)

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

Download the flyer to find out more about the challenge and the program


For more information contact A/Prof Steven Kenway (s.kenway@uq.edu.au)