Connected Cities, Urban SOS

Images courtesy of Urban SOS 2014 finalists.

In post-industrial cities, many sites that were once centers of production are now dead zones in the urban fabric. In its fifth year, the Urban SOS competition invited students worldwide to imagine these spaces reinvigorated by new forms of industry appropriate to their modern contexts. The competition calls for cross-disciplinary design responses.

In 30 offices around the world, AECOM teams have sifted through hundreds of entries representing 123 colleges and universities and selected four finalist teams:

The Echoes of a Lost Landscape, Dudley, UK: Skye Sun, MA Architecture, Royal College of Art, UK

Limburg Dross, Geleen, Netherlands: Erica Chladová, MA Landscape Architecture, TU Delft, Netherlands

Restart Tirupur, India: Michelle Zucker, BA Landscape Architecture, Penn State, USA; Emily Saunders, BA Architecture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, USA

Teskstiler Kvartal, Copenhagen, Denmark: Chris Dove, PGDip Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, UK

The finalists will present at the Center for Architecture in New York on Thursday, September 4 in a public charrette. A jury of design leaders from AECOM, Etsy, and Hines will select a winner. Doors open at 5pm and the charrette begins at 6. To attend, please RSVP here.

An exhibition designed by AECOM’s Los Angeles and New York studios in collaboration with students from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, exploring the themes of this year’s competition will open following the charrette.

Return to Connected Cities in a few weeks for an update on the winner and exploration of the finalist teams’ proposals.

Learn more about Urban SOS here.


Jake_89x100Jake Herson ( is a senior writer and managing editor for the Connected Cities blog.

Originally published Aug 29, 2014

Author: Jacob Herson