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AECOM has launched “Urban SOS: Towards a new industry,” its fifth Urban SOS student competition. Open to students at undergraduate and graduate levels around the world, this year’s competition seeks interdisciplinary design responses that generate economic development and improve urban conditions at sites of derelict industrial infrastructure. For complete submission requirements, see

Three finalist teams selected by an internal AECOM jury will present their schemes at the Center for Architecture in New York on September 4, when a jury of renowned industry figures and AECOM leaders will select the winning entry.  To help implement the winning scheme, AECOM will provide up to US$25,000 of cash and in-kind staff time to further develop the project, and the judges will also be given a total of US$15,000 to distribute as they see fit.

 “In the fifth Urban SOS competition, we look forward to engaging with the future leaders of our industry as part of our wider effort to improve cities,” said Bill Hanway, executive vice president, Buildings Places, AECOM. “Through the student program, we advance the kind of approach that we believe is essential to the future health of cities — multiple disciplines collaborating to reshape the aesthetic, technical, social, economic, and ecological functions of places. These places can then have a positive ripple effect on their surrounding cities.”

 The program is open to students in a wide array of built environment fields — including architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering, city planning, urban design, urban studies, environmental studies, economics, geography, and related fields — and students are encouraged to build cross-disciplinary teams to meet the competition’s requirement for integrated design responses.

 In related news, the winning submission to the 2011 “Urban SOS: Water” competition, titled “Firm Foundation,” has been successfully implemented. Learn more about it from a student team member on AECOM’s Connected Cities blog.

 About AECOM
AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.  With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves.  AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural, and social environments.  A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in more than 150 countries and had revenue of $8.1 billion during the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2013.  More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

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Source: AECOM Technology Corporation

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