City Description

City Essay

Scoring: Up to 60 points
Duration: Approximately 30 to 40 hours
Deadline: December 9, 2016

Students write a 1,500 word essay that describes the unique attributes of their city and provides a solution to this year’s challenge.

The essay asks students to image what it would be like to walk through a city 100 year in the future. What would someone hear, see, smell, feel? How would the people who live in this future city describe it? How is this city futuristic and innovative?

As students draft their City Essay, they explore questions like these and more to develop their Future City. Students will think deeply about their city, its population, geographical location, cultural preferences, unique characteristics and community’s needs. In addition, the City Essay asks students to thoughtfully address this year’s challenge: Public Space.

For more information and resources see this year’s Program Handbook, page 25.