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AECOM opens urban decay-themed student prize

AECOM has launched its 2014 Urban SOS student competition featuring a prize fund of £9,000

The high-profile competition seeks new ways to reconnect industry with urban development in response to this year’s theme ‘Towards a New Industry’.

Proposals should identify an abandoned factory, place of production or derelict infrastructure and develop economically viable concepts to reanimate the site.

Design concepts must support sustainable growth, improve existing infrastructure, revitalise local areas, engage local communities, benefit city residents and explore the re-use of outdated technologies.  

Sites may be in the city centre or fringe but must be real places which can be found on Google Earth or Google Maps.

According to the brief: ‘Entrants should demonstrate a holistic and sustainable approach to  their proposals. They should present a connective language that can embrace many or all  aspects of the site, expressing a language of built form that ties together land, buildings,  ecology, infrastructure, and economic and social activity to strategically transform a site.’

The document continued: ‘We are asking for professional responses to challenging questions. Judges will value creativity and innovation, but your response must be fundamentally feasible.’

The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students worldwide.

Teams are encouraged to partner with a charity or relief organisation which could develop their proposal further if successful.

The partner group of the winning design will receive a £15,000 donation from AECOM. A £9,000 prize fund is meanwhile available for the winning team or teams.

The deadline for registration is 1 June and projects must be submitted by 1 August. Three finalists will be announced on 11 August with the winner set to be announced in New York on 4 September.  








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