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PLAN/DO STAGE of the Project

The students will write a 1,500-word essay combined with the narrative of the designed city. Team will upload the Essay along with Project Completion Document on January 14th, 2017.

Average Hours spent by the team = 8 hours

See Handbook page 25–26, 36–37. See Rubric Below.

Students write a 1,500-word essay describing the unique attributes of their city and provide a solution to this year’s challenge: The Power of Public Space. 

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 the future city describe it? What would visitors say about it? How is it different from cities of today? What makes it futuristic and innovative? The City Essay gives students a place to think about questions like these. It is a place where they can bring their city to life!

City Essay Requirements

  • Include two detailed accounts of how the city converted two different areas, a roadway and a brownfield or greyfield, into public space.
  • The City Essay should be no longer than 1,500 words and free of grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Teams may include a maximum of four graphics.
  • Students must cite at least three sources of information used during the idea development process. MLA style preferred. Download the MLA Reference Template from the Resources section for examples and guidelines.
  • Students should use a variety of sources of information, such as interviews with experts, reference books, periodicals, and websites. NOTE: Wikipedia is not accepted as a source of research.
  • The essay must be submitted as a Word document via the Online Submission Center here at futurecity.org.


 For more on the City Essay, download the Program Handbook from the Resource section.


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