ULI Urban Innovation Ideas Competition ‘Connecting Urban Precincts’ launched in Brisbane on Thursday August 25, inviting young residents to take part and help shape the city’s urban design.

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) through the ULI Young Leaders Group (YLD) is asking for submissions and ideas on how they could rejuvenate the area between the CBD and Fortitude Valley for their 2016 Urban Innovation Ideas Competition. The competition is open to all people around Australia and the world under the age of 35 to put forward their ideas to help build Brisbane as a New Word City to an international audience.

Competition Co-Director Annabelle Matthews said the competition is a chance for young people to express their own ideas to rejuvenate the interface within the Brisbane CBD and Fortitude Valley.

”Brisbane has a growing reputation as an influential leader in the Asia Pacific region, and the competition gives people a platform to stimulate ideas and concepts that could help build Brisbane’s reputation as a New World City,” she said.

”The aim of the competition is to seek out ideas that could influence the way the interface between the CBD and Fortitude Valley can evolve into a connected, urban, active, and well populated sub-tropical area.”

”The revitalision of this area there is an opportunity for a high quality urban fabric as well as to drive economic growth between the City Centre and Fortitude Valley, and we welcome all ideas that could improve the gateway between the CBD and the Valley, no matter how big or small they are.”

Brisbane City Council Chairman of City Planning Councillor Julian Simmonds said the competition is an exciting opportunity for young talent to shape the future of Brisbane. ”Brisbane is Australia’s New World City and competitions such as Connecting Urban Precincts, give us the opportunity to showcase the best of what our city can be to interstate and international residents,” Cr Simmonds said. ”It also gives young local professionals a chance to put forward innovative ideas to help Council ensure our city’s future rejuvenation is iconic and vibrant.”

The competition will run in two stages between August and November. The winner will receive a cash prize as well as the opportunity to present their idea at ULI’s 2017 Asia Pacific Summit.