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3-D Models of Future Cities by Copperwood Elementary School Students

We are less than one day away from the opening of the Exhibit of 3-D Future City Models hosted by the Future City Competition Arizona Region. The exhibit begins this Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Burton-Barr Library in downtown Phoenix, AZ.


Building a physical model is one of several deliverables that each student team will be evaluated on. The students are tasked to build a physical model of a section of their city using recycled materials. In addition to showcasing their city of the future, the city model must also show their solution to this year’s challenge. The physical model must have at least one moving part, be built to scale, and may not exceed the $100 expense requirement.

Engineers, architects, scientists, and city planners all use models to help them communicate their ideas, share their research, and predict the success of their design. Students must decide upon an area of their city that will best showcase their solution to this year’s challenge: Waste Not, Want Not. Each team has been tasked to design an innovative citywide solid waste management system for their city that is safe, environmentally sound, and energy efficient.


In addition to the above, the model should also show the overall vision that the students have for their city. They should think carefully about their city design and the placement of specific structures.

The photos of 3-D cities provided in this post have been designed by students at Copper Wood Elementary School, Glendale, AZ (Peoria School District).



Location and hours for the library are:

1221 N. Central Avenue

Phoenix, AZ   85004

Exhibit Opens: Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

Library Closed: Monday, January 18, 2016 (Martin Luther King Holiday)

Exhibit Closes: Friday, January 22, 2016 at 12:00 noon



The exhibit is free and open to the public for viewing during regular library hours. It has been cited as one of the favorite annual events of Phoenix Burton-Barr library staff and their patrons for a number of years.


For more information about this year’s Future City Competition Arizona Region, go to www.futurecityarizona.org.




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.


One thought on “3-D Models of Future Cities by Copperwood Elementary School Students

  1. Reblogged this on BridgeBizSTEM.


    Posted by Vi Brown | January 16, 2016, 5:57 pm

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