The Theme: The Power of Public Space
The Topic: Public spaces have the capacity to revitalize a city’s economy by introducing new businesses and bringing in new visitors. They can also help reduce crime, ease traffic congestion, improve pedestrian safety, promote healthy living, improve the environment, and enhance civic engagement. 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. Imagine what it would be like to walk down the main street of a city 100 years in the future. What would you hear, see, smell, and feel? How would the people who live in your future city describe it? What would make it futuristic and innovative?
The Challenge: Design innovative, multiuse public spaces that serves a city’s diverse population.
Compeition Day photos can be seen here.
2016-2017 competition videos from our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams below:
1st Place - Novus Initium, from Iselin Middle School in Iselin. Watch their presentation video here!
|1st Place||Novus Initium||Iselin Middle School||Iselin|
|2nd Place||Sinking City||Kenneth R. Olson Middle School||Tabernacle|
|3rd Place||Soleia||Hoboken Charter School||Hoboken|
|4th Place||Navina Jivana||Academy of Saint Paul||Ramsey|
|5th Place||Rwmkandikwa||Harding Township School||New Vernon|
|6th Place||Forum Montem||Saint Vincent Martyr School||Madison|
|7th Place||Gioventu||Heritage Middle School||Livingston|
|8th Place||Pangea||St. Joseph Academy||Bogota|
|9th Place||Halcyon||Keyport Schools||Keyport|
|10th Place||Pure Later||Watchung Borough Schools||Watching|
|Best Use of Engineering Principles||Maribel Falls||Kenneth R. Olson Middle School||Tabernacle|
|Best Planning Practices||New Rome||H.B. Whitehorne Middle School||Verona|
|Best Land Surveying Principles||Duex Ziggauraves||Heritage Middle School||Livingston|
|Most Organized City||Kakiaktok City||Doane Academy||Burlington|
|Most Sustainable City||Inala||Academy of Saint Paul||Ramsey|
|Best Economy||Portlandia||Franklin Borough School||Franklin|
|Most Innovative Design of Infrastructure Systems||The City of Verona||H.B. Whitehorne Middle School||Verona|
|Best Use of Public Space||Astrid City||Transfiguration Academy||Bergenfield|
|Most Environmentally Friendly City||Forrestopia||Rumson School District||Rumson|
|Best Use of Innovative Construction Materials||Sakura||Clinton Public School||Clinton|
|Most Futuristic City||Pa Koura||Iselin Middle School||Iselin|
|Healthiest City||Umania||Keyport Schools||Keyport|
|Best Transportation||Borgin blar||Heritage Middle School||Livingston|
|Safest City||Chezeplex||Iselin Middle School||Iselin|
|Best Zoning Practices||Nova Caeli||Watchung Borough Schools||Watching|
|Best Newcomer||Seaside||Saint Anthony School||Hawthorne|