hOUR City student competition

Van Alen Institute and AECOM invite you to enter Urban SOS: hOUR City, a competition challenging students to strengthen connections between cities and their surrounding regions.

Around the world we’re seeing rural, suburban, and isolated urban communities left behind by the global economy. What’s your idea to better connect these areas to the social and economic opportunity in cities? Join or form a student team and send us your proposal to improve people’s access to quality jobs, transit, or housing.

Your proposal could address immigrant or elderly communities in car-dependent areas; underemployed residents in low-income neighborhoods; workers commuting long-distances to their jobs, or splitting time between distant cities and their home villages; families who can’t afford to stay in cities with rising housing prices or who lack decent housing in informal settlements. You can take on any number of timely and urgent issues to offer people better options for where to live, how to move around, and how to make a living.

Experts in four cities around the world will provide extensive feedback to up to 16 semifinalist teams to strengthen their proposals. We’ll fly up to 4 finalist teams to Los Angeles in Jaunary 2018 to present their ideas to a final jury and live audience. We’ll award $15,000 total to the top teams; the winning team also receives up to $25,000 of in-kind support to implmement a pilot project from their proposal.

Pre register for hOUR City by June 28; Proposals are due by 11:59 pm EDT on Monday, July 17. More information about the competition, as well as links to pre-register and enter the competition, can be found here.

Last year’s Urban SOS competition, Fair Share, challenged teams to combine design with the tools and technologies of the sharing economy to create more equitable access to resources, envision more sustainable built environments, and enrich the lives of urban residents. The winning team, comprising students at Washington University in St. Louis, proposed reusing United States Postal Service (USPS) post offices in Los Angeles slated for closure and excess capacity within the USPS distribution network to collect, store, and deliver surplus food to neighborhoods with limited food access.


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