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Thu 09.04.2014

Urban SOS: Towards a New Industry Charrette & Exhibition Opening

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

When: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

Where: At The Center   

Each year, AECOM holds an annual student competition, Urban SOS, which is open to currently enrolled students in design, architecture, landscape, planning, engineering, and environmental studies. Students are called to answer a specific brief around urban sites in distress. This year's theme focuses on the topic of New Industry, addressing issues that relate to and improve the relationship between industry and urban development worldwide.This year's competition attracted student teams representing over 123 universities in over 40 countries. Three finalist teams have been selected after a series of internal judging sessions involving AECOM designers, planners, and engineers around the world.

The accompanying exhibition, “Towards a New Industry”, explores the ambient possibilities of new industries, tensegrity systems, and new media with three custom fabricated tenesegrity structures showcasing projects from AECOM’s 2014 student competition Urban SOS: Towards a New Industry.

Designed by AECOM and Atelier Architecture 64 with Columbia University GSAPP’s Laboratory for Applied Building Science and Mio Guberinic, the self-supporting nature of the tensegrity system introduced a unique design and fabrication challenge which required the use of complex computational analysis and fabrication technology. The formal quality of the structures along with an intelligent use of materials required the collaboration and expertise of various designers and disciplines—this integrated design approach is one that defines the success and spirit of the Urban SOS program.

The finalist teams will present their schemes before a distinguished jury at a crit session open to the public starting at 6:00PM on Thursday, September 4. An opening reception of their work in the Urban SOS: Towards a New Industry exhibition will immediately follow, during which winners will be announced. Drinks and light nibbles will be served.

5:00pm: Doors open for the exhibition

6:00-7:30pm: Student presentations / crit session

7:30-8:30pm: Reception

Price: free, RSVP using the form to the right

Organized by: AECOM

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