UrbanSOS: An Open Ideas Student Competition

on Saturday 09 June 2012 - 12:21:02 | by T Z H
urban SOS Students Design CompetitionUrban SOS is AECOM’s annual student competition. It was created to engage students in urban planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental restoration, and engineering with the issues confronting modern cities and to allow them to propose solutions that, if worthy, will be seen by established professionals in their field.
This year AECOM is seeking submissions for the 4th Annual Urban SOS competition. The theme of this year’s competition is Frontiers. Proposals should be on urban sites currently facing chronic livability challenges that are largely the result of a city’s location on a natural, political, cultural or economic border. Proposals should be implementable in the short term, as we will engage a local organization to help advance the proposed project.

The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students at all levels of higher education in all countries of the world. Entrants must be enrolled in a certified program during the 2012 fall term. Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D. students in the field of studies like Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning, Natural Resource Sciences, Engineering, and related disciplines are eligible for the competition.

Submissions may be from individuals or teams of up to four members. Teams will benefit from having members of multiple disciplines. This year, we are encouraging entries from students enrolling in departments such as anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, international development, sustainable economics and the broader social sciences.    

Deadlines:
 
   
By August 31, 2012 - Pre-registration of interest deadline  
By August 31, 2012 - Final submission deadline
September - Judging process  
October 1, 2012 - Announcement of semi-finalists  
Week of November 12, 2012 - Presentation and critique of semi-finalists’ submissions in Shanghai                

Prizes:
 

Each of the three finalist teams will receive an honorarium to contribute to travel expenses related to visiting Shanghai to present the team’s submission. The finalist honoraria are to contribute to expenses related to attendance and presentation in Shanghai only and cannot be exchanged for other prizes. In addition, each team will receive US$500 to contribute to additional costs. No other costs or fees will be covered by AECOM or the sponsors.  

The winning team (or teams) will receive a cash prize. The total prize money is valued at US$15,000, which may be divided amongst one or more winning teams.   

A further US$25,000 in cash and in kind staff hours will be donated by AECOM to a charitable or humanitarian organization or related agency to help further develop the winning proposal.   

Visit the Competition Site for further details.
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