2016 Urban SOS Design Competition: Fair Share

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2016 Urban SOS Design Competition: Fair Share

August 5, 2016

Presented by AECOM and Van Alen Institute, in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities — Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.Overview

The so-called “sharing economy” has changed the way we live, work, get around, take care of daily tasks and interact with each other. But even bigger transformations are possible. It’s time to imagine a new generation of digital innovations combined with physical design strategies to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing cities today.

Fair Share, the 2016 Urban SOS competition, calls on multidisciplinary teams of students to come together and apply the tools and technologies of the sharing economy to support more equitable access to resources, improve the built environment and enrich the quality of life of urban residents.

As we’re defining them, sharing economy models have a couple of basic things in common: they use digital technology to connect people who have a shared need, and give them access to resources that aren’t being used — you want to borrow a bike; I’ve got one I’m not using right now. We want you to use these principles and apply them to parks, schools, public housing, roads, and any other type of physical spaces or infrastructure in cities to solve urban problems.


August 5, 2016: Pre-registration deadline

September 12, 2016: Final submission deadline at:

September 25, 2016: Announcement of up to 15 semifinalist teams. Van Alen Institute staff and other experts will assist each team in refining their proposal for review by Regional Juries.

October-November, 2016: Regional juries in Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York and Sydney review up to 15 semifinalists’ proposals, selecting the best proposals to advance to the final jury; AECOM and Van Alen Institute will announce the finalists. Van Alen Institute staff and other experts will assist each of these finalist teams in refining their proposal for the final jury presentations.

January 2017: Representatives from the finalist teams travel to Los Angeles for the final jury event and announcement of winners


The winning team will receive US $7,500 and up to US $25,000 of in-kind support from AECOM to bring their project to life in the real world. Second and third place teams will receive $5,000 and $2,500 respectively.

Evaluation Criteria

Jurors will evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:

– It clearly communicates key existing conditions of the chosen site, the people the proposal addresses, the infrastructural need, the urban context and how the proposal will achieve its stated goals.

– It demonstrates interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration among students from different fields of expertise.

– It proposes unconventional strategies that marry the innovations of the sharing economy to design and the built environment in order to address the selected site,people, infrastructural need and urban context.

– It connects to and builds on existing initiatives from businesses, philanthropic entities and government agencies.

– It proposes a feasible solution or set of solutions that resourcefully addresses real-world constraints.

– It increases urban infrastructure’s ability to operate efficiently and equitably, and improves the quality

Please see the competition website for more information about jurors, requirements, and other details.


August 5, 2016
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