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Let the Judging Begin! ASLA Members Rank Twenty-Two Future City Teams for ASLA’s Special Award Best Integration of Equity in Designing the Built Environment using Nature-Powered Solutions

Future City Judges Zoom Screenshot | Nicole Plunkett, ASLA

Each year, ASLA hosts the Future City Competition Special Award Best Integration of Equity in Designing the Built Environment using Nature-Powered Solutions. The award introduces students to landscape architecture and gives them the chance to showcase their design solutions to a citywide sustainability issue. This year’s Living on the Moon theme challenged teams to design a futuristic lunar city that uses two Moon resources to keep its residents safe and healthy.

Participants competed in-person and remotely by producing five deliverables: a 1,500-word city essay, a scale model (or multiple model segments) built from recycled materials, a project plan, a presentation video, and a virtual/online Q&A session with judges. Arnaldo Cardona, ASLA and Nicole Plunkett, ASLA served as virtual jurors charged with ranking the top 5 teams of the twenty-two school groups that competed for ASLA’s award! Student were represented from Alabama, California, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Nigeria, and China.

Here’s what Cardona and Plunkett had to say about their experience as virtual judges:

“My title was “juror” but I sure felt like the roles were reversed and I was the student! I spent the day learning about gravity, solar exposure, alternative fuels, and lunar city design from the most passionate, smart, and innovative middle school students from across the world in the Future City Competition. Congratulations to all of the students!” Nicole Plunkett, ASLA

“The experience was “out of this world”. It was fun and I even learned about the craters in the moon. But Houston, we might have a problem...instead of some kids wanting to become astronauts, I think they are going to become landscape architects!” Arnaldo Cardona, ASLA

Winners of ASLA’s Special Award will be announced by Torey Carter-Conneen, ASLA CEO at the 2021 Future City Awards Celebration on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

Learn more about the Future City Competition and ASLA’s participation below.

What is Future City?

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