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Student Team Gives Their Future Vision of New York City

FC Logo Final 2012 versionMost everyone in the United States knows that New York City is America’s largest city with an estimated population of over 8 million according to the Bureau of Census (2012 data). It is special in its make-up of people and attractions, and is unique for its one-of-a-kind diversity and offerings that include Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building. For most visitors, it is a place of the future when compared to their own cities and towns in America or other countries. As many of its residents will quote, “It’s so nice they named it twice – New York, New York!”

By many individual experiences, if you live in or visit New York City the future is now. If that is true, what might this great city look like 100 years from now? An answer was provided by a team of three students from Accelerated Middle School/Basha High on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Future City Competition Arizona Region. They placed 1st in this year’s competition. Each year the student teams are challenged with a real-world problem or issue. This year’s challenge was to include a futuristic transit system in their city’s design.

FCC-AZRegion_1stPlaceTeam_01252014[Front Row]: Members of the 1st place team include (left to right): Ryan Tran, Jonathon Gonsalves, Truman Idso, Amanda Cook (teacher), and Mark Gonsalves (engineer mentor). [Back Row]: Judging Panel for Region Finals (left to right): Dr. Jennifer Johnson (AZ Department of Education), Michael Andrews, AZ Region Coordinator, Lisa Perry (General Dynamics), Al Winn (The Boeing Company – retired), Kent Dibble (Dibble Engineering), Mary O’Reilly (Science Foundation Arizona), Robert Anchondo (Honeywell Aerospace), and Robert Enderle (Medtronic)

Currently, the City of New York has integrated transit systems that move it residents and visitors 24 hours each day of the week. Infrastructure includes subway and buses, taxis, cars, the Roosevelt Island Tram, and bike, ferry, helicopter or cruise ships. As one of the city’s promotions reminds us, “If you can’t walk to your destination, mass transit is the next-best way to get around.”

The team’s transit design for the City of New York in 2114 includes hyper-subway, smart roadway designs, and air transport. If you choose to drive in this future city, more than likely you will be riding in a self-driving vehicle that not only parks itself, but also locates available parking spaces in self-parking buildings. Smart roadways include streets and arterials that are reinforced with solar panels that help generate electricity for the city’s residents. The hyper-subway and -stations follow the concept of the hyperloop/mover project that is being evaluated today. If constructed, the hyperloop project would enable travelers to go from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 30 minutes or about 600 miles an hour. It is considered an alternative mode of transportation and has yet to be tested.

One of the challenges that this team faced in designing their city was fitting very large buildings in small areas. Gee! Imagine that! And in New York City of all places! They also stated that one of the most valuable experiences that they gained from the competition was researching current and future technology that is being incorporated into engineering projects today!

Our 1st place team did an outstanding job of paying attention to the details. To ensure that the victims who lost their lives on 9/11 would not be forgotten 100 years from now, this team’s future city includes an exhibit, “The Ghost of Twin Towers“, that has been designed as a life size holographic of the World Trade Center.

Find additional photos of the 2013-2014 competition on the FaceBook page: Future City Arizona.

Similar content for this post is also included in a news release that was issued earlier. For information regarding this news release, contact Vi Brown at v.brown@futurecityarizona.org, or go to http://www.futurecityarizona.org.                                                                                                                  

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About Vi Brown

Vi is principal and CEO of Prophecy Consulting Group, LLC, an Arizona firm that provides business and engineering services to private and public clients. Prior to establishing her consulting practice in 2001, Vi worked with Motorola, Maricopa County Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, CH2M Hill, and Procter & Gamble. As an adjunct faculty member, Vi teaches undergraduate calculus classes and graduate level environmental courses. She is also a professional speaker.

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