Future City Competition, Ohio Region Announces 2016-2017 Theme: The Power of Public Spaces

Celebrates 24 Years of Inspiring Middle-School Students to Imagine, Design and Build Cities of the Future

The 2016-2017 DiscoverE Future City® Competition has announced this year’s theme, “The Power of Public Spaces,” and asks Ohio’s sixth, seventh and eighth graders to envision urban public spaces of tomorrow. The State of Ohio competition is open for registration now. Go to http://futurecity.org/register.

Public spaces have the capacity to revitalize a city’s economy by introducing new businesses and intriguing new visitors. They can also help with crime reduction, traffic ease and congestion, pedestrian safety, promoting healthy living, improving the environment, and enhancing civic engagement.

This year’s Future City Competition asks middle school students to address issues relating to “the power of public space” and challenges them to design innovative, multi-purpose public spaces that serve a city’s diverse population. The regional competition will be held in January. 

Working with a team including an educator and an engineering mentor, students will present their vision of the future through a virtual city designed using SimCity™ software; write a 1,500-word essay; create a scale model of their city that must be built with recycled materials; and a short presentation to be given to a panel of professional engineers and educators. Winners represent their region at a national competition in February in Washington D.C. The deadline to register a school team is Oct. 31, 2016.

Major funding for Future City comes from the Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems, Inc, and the Shell Oil Company.

For more information regarding the regional Future City Competition in Ohio, go to http://futurecity.org/ohio. Email Future City Competition – Ohio Region: ohio@futurecity.org.


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

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