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Urban SOS 2015: AECOM’s Global Student Competition

Urban SOS: All Systems Go – the 2015 AECOM’s global competition, calls on multidisciplinary teams of students to envision more resilient food, water, and energy systems for supplying cities and regions today and in the future.

All Systems Go is the 6th student competition in AECOM’s Urban SOS program, created to engage students in urban planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture, economics, environmental studies, and engineering with the issues confronting modern cities and allowing them to propose solutions that, if worthy, will be seen by established professionals.

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.

The Urban SOS competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students at all levels of higher education in accredited universities around the world.

Submissions must come from multidisciplinary teams of up to four members; individuals may not participate alone. Students from the design fields (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning) who form teams must include members from at least one other discipline outside of their own, including anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, international development, sustainable economics, engineering, ecology, natural resource science, food policy, and other relevant fields.

Urban SOS: All Systems Go is a global open ideas competition co-hosted by AECOM, Van Alen Institute, and 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.