Finalists Named in AECOM “Urban SOS: Water” Student Competition

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AECOM has named the finalists in its annual Urban SOS student competition. Three student teams will fly to London to present solutions for water-related urban challenges to a master jury at the New London Architecture (NLA) Gallery on November 10, 2011 and compete for $15,000 in prize money.

The 2011 AECOM student competition, Urban SOS: Water

“We received 190 very impressive submissions from students in 22 countries,” said Jason Prior, Chief Executive of Planning, Design + Development at AECOM.

AECOM has named the finalists in its annual Urban SOS student competition. Three student teams will fly to London to present a master jury at the New London Architecture(NLA) Gallery on November 10, 2011 and compete for $15,000 prize money.

This year’s competition centers on issues related to urban water challenges and drew a range of entries from around the world. The winning scheme will be eligible for an in-kind donation of up to $25,000 to a charitable organization to help realize their project.

“We received 190 very impressive submissions from students in 22 countries,” said Jason Prior, Chief Executive of Planning, Design + Development at AECOM. “These final proposals are standout examples of an interdisciplinary approach to our most pressing natural resource challenges.”

The proposals include:

  •     Jala Hub in Dhaka, Bangladesh (by Junghwa Suh, Chretien Macutay and Aarthi Padmanabhan of the University of Hawaii, and Yunhee Kim, Kookmin University, South Korea);
  •     A Sinking Shore Story, Shoreline Regeneration by Fish Farm Emission Water in Cigu, Taiwan (by Yen-Chang Huang, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan);
  •     Firm Foundation: Decreasing Vulnerability with Self-Reliant Urban Design for Riverfront Housing, Banjarmasin, Borneo, Indonesia (by Stephen Kennedy and Alice Shay of MIT and Bima Pratana Putra and Addina Nur Amalia, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia).

The teams will work with AECOM mentors to prepare for final presentations to a master jury including Jason Prior and Bill Hanway of AECOM’s planning, design and development practice, AECOM Chief Sustainability Officer Gary Lawrence, Chairman of NLA Gallery Peter Murray and Building magazine Editor Tom Broughton.

AECOM created the Urban SOS annual student competition (http://www.aecom.com/urbansos), to engage students in the fields of urban planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture and engineering with the issues confronting modern cities and to foster a cross-disciplinary approach to the complex challenges facing built and natural environments. Follow the competition on Facebook.

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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 approximately 125 countries and had revenue of $7.7 billion during the 12 months ended June 30, 2011. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at http://www.aecom.com.

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