Urban SOS

Amerikai hallgatói ötletpályázat Urban SOS címmel, amely célja az ipar és a városfejlesztés közötti kapcsolat fejlesztése. Jelentkezési határidő: 2014.06.01., leadási határidő 2014.08.01.


Urban SOS - jelentkezés
2014. június 01. - 00:00, vasárnap

AECOM is seeking submissions for our fifth student competition. The theme of this year’s competition is Urban SOS: Towards a New Industry. We are seeking integrated design, planning, environmental studies and engineering proposals in any urban context that relates to or improves the relationship between industry and urban development worldwide.

Projects take the form of a creative urban design, landscape, architectural or engineering solution that reimagines the challenges related to an abandoned factory or place of production.

Proposals should identify a city with a derelict piece of infrastructure and develop an inspiring economically viable concept that reanimates part or the entire site. Students are encouraged to consider the potential for making and production to be a driving force for urban growth.

Each proposal must address and attempt to answer the following questions:

  • Growth: How does this project support productive, sustainable and innovative growth? What do you make? What services do you provide? What do you trade with other parts of the world?
  • Asset improvement: How does the proposal build upon the city’s existing assets and infrastructure?
  • Revitalization: How does this intervention revitalize its context?
  • Collaboration: How does this intervention engage with local networks of leaders and institutions? What is its relationship with local businesses and philanthropic entities?
  • Technology: How does the project explore the line between contemporary technologies of production and outdated industry?Does it demonstrate an interest in repurposing cast-off technologies and materials in ways that consider the evolution of technology and the roles technology and industry play in our lives and our cities?
  • Benefit: How does the project benefit the city’s residents?

Responses can range from a strategic framework to a surgical micro-response, from a whole landscape system to a single piece of architecture. 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. We are asking for professional responses to challenging questions. Judges will value creativity and innovation, but your response must be fundamentally feasible.

Responses will be judged based on these criteria:

  • Response directly addresses industry in an urban context.
  • Clear strategy for how proposal will affect its surroundings.
  • Holistic approach to design that fully embraces site.
  • Appreciation for interdisciplinary thinking beyond traditional practice.
  • Creativity and innovation.
  • Feasibility and viability.
  • Ability to communicate ideas in a clear, interesting and compelling manner.

The most successful responses will be those that are well presented, combining the points of view of more than one discipline and problem solving methodology, and are realistically feasible given pre-existing, city-specific conditions, and socio-economic and political-cultural realities.

Engagement with a charity/NGO — winning team:
In making their submissions to the Urban SOS: Towards a New Industry competition, teams are encouraged to consider partner groups that could benefit from their proposal. These partner
groups could be a humanitarian, charitable or relief organization or agency, a related research institution, or a community action group that would be in a position to further develop or implement the design.
The partner group of the winning design will receive an AECOM donation of up to US$25,000 of cash and in-kind staff time to further develop and implement the project. Likely partnership
scenarios could be, but are not necessarily limited to:
  • A humanitarian charity that could match the donation to making the proposal a reality;
  • A local community organization prepared to jump-start the project;
  • A relief agency (public, intergovernmental or NGO) that could use the project to deliver services to people, places or communities in need; and
  • A non-profit entity (e.g., a school, hospital or other public amenity) that would directly benefit from the project’s implementation.

Furthermore, the winning team (or teams) will receive a cash prize. The total prize money is valued at US$15,000, which may be divided amongst one or more winning teams.