2016-2017 Competition

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.


Competiton Day Photos

Compeition Day photos can be seen here


Competition Day Winners

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!

  • 2nd Place - Sinking City, from Kenneth R. Olson Middle School in Tabernacle. Watch their presentation video here!
  • 3rd Place - Soleia, from Hoboken Charter School in Hoboken. Watch their presentation video here!
Award City Name School Town
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


Competition Day Video!

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