Connecting Penang Youth with Nature through a Design Competition

By Student and Alumni Centre (SAC)

As the nation goes through yet another MCO due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many are faced with unprecedented challenges, from corporations restructuring to educational institutions shifting to online learning, to families learning to integrate work life into their home space. Despite all these challenges, there has been a positive side to the pandemic, with nature and air quality worldwide improving, and wildlife sightings having increased as a result of reduced human impact upon the natural environment.

To expose the next generation to the need of developing a deeper passion for nature and sustainable living UOW Malaysia KDU, part of the University of Wollongong Global Network, and the Perbadanan Stadium Dan Kawasan Lapang Pulau Pinang (PSDKLPP) have partnered to organize ‘The WoodHaven Landscape Design Competition.’ 

The WoodHaven Landscape Design Competition aims to awaken creativity and innovation among young Millennials and Gen Z living in Penang; to encourage youngsters to showcase their creative ideas and design solutions through designing the landscape of a community park. With the theme “close to nature”, the competition is open to the general public. Participants are required to design a natural, modern-based, landscape for a community park, and the design should represent the functionalism of the local environment.

The competition will challenge participants to showcase their talent through a requirement to adopt a reflective and innovative approach: where they demonstrate their values appreciating the natural environment while developing a modern urban landscape design.

The competition winner’s ladscape design  will be installed at the forthcoming WoodHaven Park. The Top 10 Finalists will also exhibit their landscape design and sculptural depiction of their work at the Batu Kawan Stadium.

Whether as an individual or as a group, all participants must submit their innovative designs to UOW Malaysia KDU, part of the University of Wollongong Global Network, by 26th March 2021. Through this competition, it is hoped that landscape design capability within the State can be further developed, to ensure that Penang is adorned with some of the finest and most innovative architectural solutions.   It is believed that through engaging in this competition the next generation will be more aware of the importance of creating liveable and sustainable living spaces, and the need to stay connected with and protect the natural world.

For more information on the competition, please referred to the attached PDF or contact Ms. Joey Phuah at +604-2386368


26 February 2021




UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College

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