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Enter AECOM’s UrbanSOS student competition for a chance to win $15,000!June 21st, 2015

AECOM, urbanSOS, UrbanSOS All systems go, Van Alen Institute, 100 Resilient Cities, student competition, design competition,

AECOM have launched Urban SOS: All Systems Go, a global open ideas competition to envision more resilient food, water, and energy systems for supplying cities and regions today and in the future. Co-hosted by Van Alen Institute and the Rockefeller Foundation-pioneered 100 Resilient Cities group, the competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Entrants must be enrolled in a certified program during the 2015 academic year at Bachelors, Masters, or Ph.D. levels and must participate in a multidisciplinary team of up to four members. A $15,000 cash prize will be divided amongst one or more teams. AECOME will also present $25,000 and in-kind staff time to support the implementation of a prototype of the winning team’s proposal. The registration deadline is June 21, 2015 and the submission deadline is August 21, 2015.

June 21st, 2015

August 21st, 2015



Three short-listed teams will be invited to present their proposals before an interdisciplinary panel at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles in October 2015. Urban SOS: All Systems Go jurors will award US$15,000 in prizes, which may be divided among one or more teams. In addition, AECOM will make available up to US$25,000 of cash and in-kind staff time to support the implementation of a prototype of the winning team’s strategies.


Final submission is due by midnight EDT on August 21, 2015; entrants must submit:

– A brief description (100-250 words) of their proposal. This statement must clearly identify the name of the city and the challenges and solutions that address the competition theme.

– The name(s) and contact information of the team members. – Site coordinates (via Google Earth) of the location, or an address that is searchable on Google Maps.

– A PDF slide presentation of up to 10 slides. These must include images and/or text. There is no word limit but font size must be legible when printed at A4 paper size.

– All responses must be in English, with any measurements provided in metric units.

– Optional: Student teams are not required to identify a charitable, humanitarian, relief, government, or non-profit partner group, but if they have one pre-identified they may specify one. If identified, this organization should be clearly stated in the brief description or PDF slide presentation accompanying the proposal.


The jury at the A+D event will include:

Claire Bonham-Carter Vice President, Design + Planning, AECOM

Stephen Engblom, AssocAIA,

Senior Vice President, Cities, AECOM

David van der Leer Executive Director, Van Alen Institute

Bryna Lipper Vice President, 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation

Mimi Zeiger Co-president, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design

The jury will be chaired by Bill Hanway, AIA Executive Vice President, Global Architecture, AECOM