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This year's essay topic for 2016-2017: Public Space

The Power of Public Space is the essay topic for this year

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 Spaces.

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!

click here for more details on the topic and scoring...

http://futurecity.org/about-the-competition/competition-deliverables/city-description

 

Here are some tips from the American Planning Association about what makes great public space...

https://www.planning.org/greatplaces/spaces/characteristics.htm

Also more from Project for Public Spaces...

http://www.pps.org/

 

Check out some local urban public spaces here in NYC...

http://www.centralparknyc.org/

http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/

http://untappedcities.com/2013/10/03/top-10-indoor-public-spaces-in-manhattan-for-your-very-own-urban-oasis/

Some other public spaces around the USA..

http://www.planetizen.com/toppublicspaces