SCORING UP TO 75 POINTS
DURATION APPROXIMATELY 10-12 HOURS
DEADLINE DECEMBER, 2014
In the RESEARCH ESSAY component of the FUTURE CITY COMPETITION students research the year's topic and write an essay (maximum of 1000 words) on how that topic influenced or shaped the design of their city.
THIS YEAR'S RESEARCH THEME
Many thousand years ago, human learned to domesticate animals and grow plants for food. Because we no longer needed to hunt and gather, we could stay in one place and start to build cities. It was the beginning of civilization.
Today, agriculture is the largest global enterprise on earth. And while some regions still farm in ways similar to our ancient ancestors, for most of the world the mechanization of planting and harvesting, chemical fertilization and pest control, advanced irrigation, and other modern farming tools and techniques led to increased crop output—which, in turn, became a major contributing factor to rapid population growth.
By 1900, the global population was roughly 1.7 billion people. In 2050 it is expected to exceed 9.5 billion. That’s more than 450% increase in the total number of people over the last 150 years. With billions more mouths to feed, there are increasing pressures on our global food supplies: less farmable land, more water pollution, growing water scarcity, increased fuel costs (making importing and exporting foods more expensive), pesticide resistance, and the growth of megacities, to name just a few. In order to feed the world in the future, we will have to come up with smart new ways to grow our food much closer to where we live..
Choose two foods (one vegetable and one protein) and design a way to grow enough of each within your future city borders to feed all of your citizens for at least one growing season. Taking into account your city’s size and location, you must consider the critical elements needed to grow food including light, climate, air quality, space, water, soil, and nutrients.
The video below is available on the national website and hosted on YouTube. It addresses the importance of good communication skills and has tips for writing a successful Research Essay.
SAMPLE RESEARCH ESSAYS
Did you know you can read examples of past winning essays on-line. Looking at past winners is a great way to understand what the judges look for and how to be competitive. Sample essays can be found on the National website under the SHOWCASE section. Just click on RESEARCH ESSAY in the FILTERBY section and update the results. Then click on an image and click again to read the essay. You can also click on the link below:
Don't forget about proper citation in your essay. Click the link below for the Future City MLA template.
The RESEARCH ESSAY RUBRIC explains the scoring of this important component of the competition. You should review it prior to getting started and cross check with it when your essay outline is fleshed out.
You will need to submit a RESEARCH ESSAY FORM as part of the paper work for the Competition. This form can be found under Competition Forms in the column to the left or you can download it by clicking on the link below:
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