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Future City competition

By Mike Yoder · January 21, 2012 · Comment on this

Middle School students created cities of the future, in tabletop models, that envision new ways to meet our energy needs and maintain a healthy planet at the 2012 Great Plains Regional Future City Competition Saturday, Jan. 21, at KU.

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Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 2 months ago

Teachers and students, please take a look at the series "Cities" on the Atlantic magazine web site. I don't think it would be too complicated for more advanced students, and it has lots of good ideas.

As one example, in San Francisco there are small areas of streets which have been designated as "parklets". Parking is taken away, there is perhaps an old dumpster (painted with all kinds of designs) or blocking areas, and then there are trees in containers and chairs to sit on. It's a very pleasurable experience.

You can design so much, especially if you ask students to think about "What's different?" An idea can have incredible consequences over time.

Here's the web site. There are many ideas here:

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/

Here are several examples of articles and pictures on Parklets--

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/28/BANS1MDAHQ.DTL&ao=all

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/28/NSD81MFL7U.DTL

There is so much to be done, including in Lawrence and other smaller cities in Kansas! Get started and see what you can come up with!

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