Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)

Regional Coordinator: Carl Schwartz


The 2019-2020 Future City Competition theme: "Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow!"

We turn on the faucet and clean water flows. Most of us don’t give it much thought. But for civil engineers, urban planners, developers, and other professionals, maintaining a reliable water supply takes expertise, planning and constant vigilance. A water-resilient city must be prepared to address a wide range of risks, including drought, flooding, population change, natural and man-made disasters and economic recession.


The teams’ challengeChoose a threat to your city’s water supply and design a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean water.

This year's competition took place on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Each city must incorporate a solution to a design challenge that changes each year.  Past topics include stormwater management, urban agriculture, and green energy. 

Students present their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January. Winners will represent Pittsburgh at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February. After the competition is over, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, they are poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.