Urban SOS: Frontiers Competition Shortlist

The shortlist for AECOM’s Urban SOS: Frontiers open ideas student competition has been announced. This years competition was seeking integrated design, planning, environmental restoration and engineering responses that address border, gateway and edge/fringe conditions in cities worldwide. Proposals had to address urban sites currently facing chronic liveability challenges that are largely the result of a city’s location on a physical, political, cultural or economic border. Proposals should be implementable.

The finalist teams have been selected after a series of internal judging sessions involving AECOM designers, planners and engineers around the world:

Urban SOS is AECOM’s annual student competition. It was created to engage students in urban planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental restoration, and engineering with the issues confronting modern cities and to allow them to propose solutions that, if worthy, will be seen by established professionals in their field.

Team 1: Unslumming Kibera
Adam Broidy, USA: California College of the Arts, USA, MBA Design Strategy
Jack Campbell Clause, Kenya: Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, MA Landscape Architecture
Jamilla Harper, USA: University of Nairobi, Kenya, MA Development Studies
April Schneider, USA: University of Illinois Chicago, USA, MA Urban Planning
Project site: Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

Team 2: Green Terraces
Juan Camilo Pinzon, Colombia: Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, BE Civil Engineering
Guillermo Umana, Colombia: Macquarie University, Australia, BA Urban Planning
Project site: Bogotá-Soacha border, Colombia

Team 3: Sewage Ecologies/Economies
Sara Navrady, Canada/UK: Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, MSc Architecture
Project site:Riberas del Bravo, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

The finalist teams will present their schemes before a distinguished jury at a crit session open to the public at the Center for Architecture in New York at 5 o’clock in the evening of January 16, 2013. An exhibit of their work will follow at the Center.