What a wonderful competition!
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 for the Most Innovative Infrastructure Concept, the NCEES Award for Best Surveying Practices. Second place went to "Hanamalama" from Birchland Park Middle School in East Longmeadow. They also won the awards for best presentation, best virtual city and the CDM Smith Award for Best Management of Water Resources. Third place went to "Pi City", from the Ellis School in Fremont, NH. They also won the People's Choice Award (voted by all students in attendance), The Stantec Award for Best Use of Innovative Construction Materials and Techniques. The award for Best Model went to "Atervinning Mastare" from the Albert Argenziano Middle School in Somerville (special thanks to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for assistance provided to this school through their @Scale grants, overseen by the Metro North Regional Employment Board).The following is a list of the other sponsored awards and the winners of each:
- The ASABE Award for the Most Sustainable Food Production System went to "Durzaam" from Masconomet Middle School.
- The BSCES Award for the Best Moving Part went to "Riverview" from Dennis-Yarmouth Middle School.
- The Tufts University Award for Best Health System AND The Framingham State University Award for Best Educational System went to "Shroomville" from the Wilson Middle School in Natick (this was my personal favorite, using mushrooms as a construction material as well as in every other aspect of the lives of their residents)
- The CHA Award for Best Building Design went to "Miui Dosi" from Birchland Park Middle School
- The winner of the MassDOT Award for Best Transportation System was "Yunhechengshi", the team organized by the West Springfield Public Library.
There are dozens of other teams that were not at the competition but are having their own in-school competitions or showcases instead. We are looking forward to visiting Derby Academy later this month for their contest. We welcome any teams to use the materials from the competition for whatever works best for your group. We would love to see the rest of the New England states participating as well!Thanks again! Good luck to Khaalis Lahore in the finals!