New England

Regional Coordinator: Reed Brockman, P.E.

Our local mission is much the same as the national mission.  Although this is a competition, we hold the spirit of knowledge to be our number one priority.  We aim to see students of all backgrounds throughout New England gaining appreciation for their infrastructure and those who make it possible.  We also want the students to understand the design process and work in teams in a similar way to engineering professionals.  We want the students to broaden their perspectives on the way the world works and the ways they may want to contribute to it in the future.  Lastly, it is our mission to bring each and every student participating (and their school faculty, parents, mentors, and all involved) a positive learning experience full of fun, teamwork and creativity.

May 9, 2018

After watching the video, would you say it is better for Puerto Rico to switch to a new power system or try to get the same power grid back up and improved? Would it be better for your new cities to restore the same system and improve it or change to a new one that might work better during or after a natural disaster?

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May 9, 2018

Hello everyone, It's Terrell.

I found this cool picture online that I would like to show everyone. After looking at the picture can you think of ways to help restore power to the city and return all these things back to the people?

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May 9, 2018

Hi everyone it's me Terrell,

There are all types of energy like:

  • Hydroelectric Energy.
  • Solar Energy.
  • Wind Energy.
  • Biomass Energy.
  • Geothermal Energy.
  • Tidal Power.

And with lack of energy that is still happening in Puerto Rico, can the students come up with new innovative ways to restore that energy to help get the island back up and running in its current state?

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May 9, 2018

Hello everyone! My name is Terrell Washington and I will be the new outreach intern Until June 14th. I hope that I do a good job entertaining and informing everyone on everything new that happens!

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May 9, 2018

For all schools and organizations involved in Future City last year, YOU ARE INVITED on a field trip to Union Point in Weymouth on June 7th, courtesy of LSTAR, the people behind this new REAL FUTURE CITY!

Here are some of the activities we plan:

  1. LSTAR CEO Kyle Corkum and the LSTAR team will lead a tour of this amazing new community.  With him, civil engineer (and Future City mentor) Kayla Arruda will add to the tour providing insight into civil engineering design issues that she has been addressing.
  2. The theme for the 2018 contest will be announced by Reed…
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May 9, 2018

Is everybody ready for next year?  The theme is official -- POWERING OUR FUTURE!

 

Here is the official word from National:

"Natural disasters— earthquakes, tornadoes, or hurricanes — pose serious threats to cities and citizens. The damage from these events can severely disrupt every aspect of life in an affected region. Especially now, in the wake of recent catastrophic events, engineers, architects, and city leaders face the critical task of creating resilient cities.

A resilient city adapts to challenges; it has connected systems and infrastructure in place…

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January 24, 2018

What an AMAZING job you all did!  The New England Regional Finals drew a whole bunch of incredible cities, each giving home to some really amazing insight.  I had moments listening to your ideas where I really got choked up!  It seemed you all really took the theme of designing for an aging community to heart.

Here are PHOTOS from the day!

We will be represented for the second year in a row by the Dr. Albert Argenziano School in Somerville, MA.  CONGRATS SOMERVILLE!  GOOD LUCK IN DC!

You all made…

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November 8, 2017

I can't believe I forgot to put this up here!  Here is the schedule for due dates and the competition...

The 2018 New England Regional Future City Finals are on SATURDAY JANUARY 20, 2018 at The Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston MA.

Honor Staterments and Media Forms need to be turned in Monday, December 4, 2017.

Virtual City is due Monday, December 11, 2017.

The City Essay is due Monday, December 18, 2017.

Project Plans are due Monday, January 8, 2018.

Competition expense forms need to be turned in Monday, January 15, 2018 but if you…

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October 29, 2017

On Saturday, October 28, three experts on designing for an age-friendly community, got together at the BSA Space in Boston to share with all the Future City teams some of the thoughts that go into designing a community that is friendly towards an aging population.

The experts are:

  • Kara Cohen, Massachusetts Regional Outreach Director, AARP
  • Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director, The Institute for Human Centered Design
  • Cierra Peters, Boston resident / community activist / artist / future urban planner

The event was put together by BSCES…

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January 17, 2016

Thank you to everyone for making the 2016 New England Future City Competition such a success! Here is a link to photos of the event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/reedpro/albums/72157663498601631/with/24067730139/The overall winner, and thereby our New England region competitors at the Future City national finals in Washington DC next month is "Khaalis LaHore" from the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center in Connecticut (they also won two other awards: Best City Description, the AECOM Award…

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September 3, 2015

I hope everyone is enjoying Josh's updates!  I am just starting to send out the books, but you really don't need them since all the registration and handbook materials are posted right on the website.  I WANT TO GIVE ALL OF YOU A FREE BOOK!  You will need dropbox to get it, but just follow this link: FREE BOOK.  This book is a copy of Celeste Baine's critically acclaimed book "Is There An Engineer Inside You?", which is the perfect book for explaining all the different types of engineers you may run…

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September 3, 2015

I hope everyone is enjoying Josh's updates!  I am just starting to send out the books, but you really don't need them since all the registration and handbook materials are posted right on the website.  I WANT TO GIVE ALL OF YOU A FREE BOOK!  You will need dropbox to get it, but just follow this link: FREE BOOK.  This book is a copy of Celeste Baine's critically acclaimed book "Is There An Engineer Inside You?", which is the perfect book for explaining all the different types of engineers you may run…

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September 3, 2015

I hope everyone is enjoying Josh's updates!  I am just starting to send out the books, but you really don't need them since all the registration and handbook materials are posted right on the website.  I WANT TO GIVE ALL OF YOU A FREE BOOK!  You will need dropbox to get it, but just follow this link: FREE BOOK

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August 16, 2015

Josh here again, and I found something else for you to think about!

If you watched through the video I attached last week, you may have kept watching to see this video of the Zabaleen in Cairo, Egypt. Originally, The government not only did not support the Zabaleen's collections, but tried to replace the system with one of their own. However, the Zabaleen were so important to the people of Cairo that no other system worked.

The Zabaleen show just how important it is for the population of your city to support the programs you create. Programs and institutions will fail without…

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August 9, 2015

Hey everyone!

I'm Josh Hill, a current Civil Engineering student at Stevens Institute of Technology. I want to show you all some ideas to consider when working on your Future City:

Let's talk about one of the less talked about parts of waste management, energy recovery. Just because some waste can't be reused or recycled doesn't mean it has to end up in a landfill. Some of that waste can be successfully burnt to power your city. An excellent example of this process can be seen in Sweden. In fact, Sweden is so successful in energy recovery that they are able to import the…

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July 24, 2015

This years topic is all to do with your city's waste management system. The video I've linked will help get you brainstorming ways to make sure you don't waste your waste.

The City Narrative and Research Essay have been combined into one deliverable, the City Description. The specifics of the new format can be found in the Program Handbook, but here's what you need to cover in the 2015-2016 City Description:

Waste Not, Want Not - Lessen the negative impact that solid waste has on your city.

Humans create a lot of trash. Each of the…

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February 1, 2015

After a week of heavy snow, including near whitout conditions on the commute to the competition, we persevered and again had a WONDERFUL New England Regional Future City Competition.  Photos from the day can be found by FOLLOWING THIS LINK.

Twenty one teams braved the storm, and most that were unable to make it have contacted us to judge them at their school (although they know this does not make them eligible for the Nationals).  In all, there was over 150 students present and almost…

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January 23, 2015

It looks like a big competition this year!  Please try to come early if possible.  The event is based out of the main lobby of the Curry Student Center at Northeastern University (MAP TO CURRY STUDENT CENTER). Drop off students at the main doors of the building. I recommend parking at the Renaissance Park Garage after you drop off the model and students (…

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December 12, 2014

Finally, something to judge!  I hope everybody is having fun with the contest so far and really digging into the models and presentations now!  And all teachers, mentors, judges that are in the Lawrence area feel free to come to Cafe Azteca at 6PM Tuesday 12/16/14.  It's a social time to just talk with other teachers and STEM interested folks and make some plans.

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October 28, 2014

ThinkFest was amazing, as usual!  If you did not make it this year, get it on your calendar as soon as it is announced!

Jamie and Kevin presented for a half hour or so each, and the two presentations were very different.

Jamie consults to towns and farmers about ways to deal with some of the issues farmers face.  She took us for a walk along the path of what it takes to get food on a table from a small seed.  It was clear -- the present methods utilize a boatload of energy and leave a lot of waste.  The challenge to your teams: think about this process: you don't just need a…

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