Registration for bus stop design contest begins

Wee (front row, second left), councillors, and PAMSC members with the poster for the bus stop design competition.

KUCHING: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) and Malaysian Institute of Architects Sarawak Chapter (PAMSC) are jointly organising a bus stop design competition in efforts to enhance the people’s quality of life and promote Kuching South as an attractive, safe, green, and smart city.

“The purpose of this competition is to revitalise the public amenities in Kuching South areas by putting in creative, innovative, and sustainable architectural design ideas beginning with the bus stop, a place for people to take shade from rain or to wait for a ride home.

“The existing bus stops in Kuching South areas will be facelifted with a new refreshing look,” said MBKS mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng in a statement on Thursday (Apr 8).

The competition involves two categories – Graduate Architect Category and Student Category.

The Graduate Architect Category winners for first, second  and third will receive RM3,000, RM1,500 and RM1,000 respectively, along with Certificates of Award. Each of the five shortlisted entries will receive RM500 with Certificates of Award.

First, second and third place winners for the Student Category will receive RM1,500, RM1,000 and RM500 respectively, with Certificates of Award. Additionally, each of the five shortlisted entries will receive RM200 with Certificates of Award.

“Registration starts on Thursday (April 8) and closes on May 20. The final submission date is June 17.”

Participation is free of charge, but registration is compulsory and only registered participants may submit queries and entries to the Competition Secretariat. Each participant can submit more than one entry, subject to separate registration for each submission.

The submitted entries will be evaluated in order of their merit based on design excellence, buildability, practicality, innovation, and sustainability.

“The fruition of the newly designed bus stops in Kuching South areas will definitely complement the effort of the state government in providing free electric public bus (e-Bus) service to the city folks and visitors alike, in addition to the RM1 Flat Rate Bus Fare Programme.”

Wee added that the refreshed bus stops would also encourage wider public transport usage.

Those interested can obtain registration forms from PAMSC or at MBKS’ lobby.