The 2016-2017 theme is The Power of Public Space.
The single most important ingredient in any city is people. And people need a variety of public spaces throughout their city, both indoors and outdoors, where they can meet, relax, play, learn, connect, share cultures, create community, and build civic identity. When city planners and engineers develop public spaces they don’t just consider open fields or existing parks and plazas, they look at sites such as abandoned buildings, old railway lines, waterways (rivers, lakes, ponds), former industrial areas, and the single largest land asset in any city—the streets and sidewalks.
Public spaces, both small and large, indoors and outside, not only make an urban area more attractive and more livable, they also serve as an anchor that benefits cities in a variety of ways. Many public space projects revitalize a city’s economy by introducing new businesses and bringing in new visitors. Other public space projects help reduce crime, ease traffic congestion, improve pedestrian safety, promote healthy living, improve the environment, and enhance civic engagement. In fact, a recent study by the UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatories Unit found that cities that devoted about 50% of their space to public use tended to be more prosperous and have a higher quality of life.
Team challenge: Your challenge is to include in your future city a distributed network of innovative, multiuse public spaces that serves your city’s diverse population.
Save the date! Next year's Minnesota Regional Future City Competition will take place on 1/21/17 at Dunwoody College of Technology.
National FCC Finals will take place 2/18/17 to 2/22/17 in Washington, DC.
Most Sustainable Food Producation System/ASABE: St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francisville
Most Innovative City Setting/3M: Boeckman Middle School, Mowglitown
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The top five teams at the 2016 Minnesota Future City Competition are:
1st place: Olson Middle School (Bloomington)--Parapluie
2nd place: St. Francis... more
View the schedule for the 2016 Minnesota Future City Competition:
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There are a number of changes to the Future City Competition for 2015-2016. Make sure to familiarize yourself with these changes before beginning the program this year!
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