Discovery 7
Future Cities Project

Task #1 - Urban Planning


  1. Start with the questions on this form to learn more about Urban Planning.
  2. Decide if you are working as an individual, pair or triad.
  3. Figure out a plan to get the questions answered. Use at least one outside source to help you answer each question.
  4. Look over previous students' answers.
  5. Revise and improve your own answers.
  6. Choose one of the questions as your next speech topic.
  7. After our class discussion, complete the Urban Planning Application Test OR work on developing an essay which compiles the best of all the answers for one of the Urban Planning Certification Test answers.
  8. The class has a Zoning Kahoot to play!


Speech Ideas: Talk about one of the issues related to Urban Planning in depth, Talk about one of the answers to your questions on the Urban Planing Application Test

Task #2 - Big Picture - Planning your city theme


You are creating your city from scratch.
  1. Fill out this Word template or create your own outline to figure out your city themes.
  • What problems of today will your city solve? Pollution? Crime? Poverty?
  • What will your city be famous for? It's technology, it's architecture, it's efficiency?
  • What about the city makes it innovative and unique?
  • What elements make it the ideal city of the future?
  • How many people will live there?
  • What will your city be called?
  • In what climate or locations will it be located?
2. Write a paragraph or two outlining the basic characteristics of your city.


Task #3 - A Detailed Look - Your city systems

Future Cities Task #3 Additional Resources

The systems of your city work together to create a hospitable community for its citizens. Describe the systems in your city.

The systems include education, transportation, economics, government, recreation/entertainment, environment, communication, health/medical, cultural/customs, technology, disposal systems/waterworks, etc.

Part A. Research
Choose ONE of the systems above. Identify THREE problems or limitations with that system today. Find 3-5 resources to support your ideas. Fully explain the problems and use at least one quote from your reading to support your opinion for each of your three problems.

Look at the Systems Description link for some examples of systems descriptions written by other Discovery students as well as links to websites providing information about system problems and ideas for future solutions. Some systems have questions listed to guide your thinking in finding solutions for your future city. You may also incorporate the answers you have developed as you completed TASKS # 1 & # 2. Post your sources along with your work.


Part B: City Solutions
Choose THREE different systems. Read the problems that your peers described in the Discovery wiki. Propose solutions to at least one of the problems for each system. Your solutions should be creative and take into account that your city is set 200 years in the future.

OPTIONAL: You also may illustrate the system or create items that would be found in the system you are describing (example: bionic cell hat for instantaneous brain communication with others).

Speech Ideas: Talk about one of the systems in your city or create a campaign speech in which you define the improvements you will enact while in office.

Task #4 - The Test of Time


Create a future history for your city.
Describe 12 - 15 major events which occur in your city in the 23rd century. Consider including information regarding political, scientific and social leaders; technological advancements, and major natural and political events. You should also include information you have from TASKS #1, #2 & #3. The format for this section can be a timeline with descriptions or bullet points with descriptions. The events in your timeline or history should include events that describe the founding of your city, the advancements of your city and should show a sense of cause and effect rather than be isolated events. Wikipedia has more info and some examples from literature and other media.

Timeline examples

How will I earn full credit for this assignment?
  • At least 12-15 events; 24-30 if you are working with a partner.
  • Timeline has no more than 2-3 events before 2211; the rest should take place after.
  • Clear, logical progression of events leading to city innovations described in Task #3B.
  • Excellent descriptions that inform and make sense to those who do not know about your city.
  • Additional information related to city founding, leaders, innovations, awards, major natural, social and political events

OPTIONAL: Use Microsoft Excel to create your timeline - http://movies.atomiclearning.com/k12/la_time_e7pc/
Use Dipity to create timeline

Speech Ideas: As the historian for your city, follow the development of one of your systems or main ideas on which your city is based.


Task #5 - A Bird's Eye View


Draw a map of your city.
A. Look at some examples of community maps.


B. (OPTIONAL) Draw a rough draft of your map on scrap paper. - Include major highways, mass transportation lines, rivers, residential, commercial, industrial areas, and parks.

C. Use Google SketchUp to design a 3-D representation of your city, use a city building simulation program OR Adobe Fireworks to make a 2-D representation. Be sure you include:
  • major highways & mass transportation lines, (airports, buses, trains, roads, etc...; How will people arrive and leave your city?)
  • rivers/water source, water treatment plant/plan, water and sewage management
  • residential areas (single family homes, apartments, condos, etc...)
  • commercial areas (hardware, furniture, clothing stores, groceries, restaurants, etc.)
  • industrial areas, (factories, food processing, etc...)
  • governmental buildings, (schools, government centers, courthouse, jail)
  • emergency services (police station, fire station, hospital, etc)
  • cultural/recreational centers (places of worship, concert stages, art galleries, parks, sports venues, etc...)
  • monuments to important people or events

If your city does not need one of these things because you have "evolved past it" be sure to explain this in your paragraph - see part #D.

D. Write a paragraph or two explaining how your city plan helps eliminate today's problems with housing, pollution, and transportation. Tell how and why your city is different from modern day cities. There is a prompt in WPP to put your work.


Other ways to get credit for this task:



Task #6 - Feature Focus

Create a model of selected features of your city.
Choose any of the following projects.
  • Create one construction for your city, such as a house or apartment building, office building or commercial structure. Include detailed elements on the outside and inside of the building. Describe how your buildings help solve two or more issues such as pollution, parking, energy use, crime, etc. Include at least 3 futuristic aspects to your building.
  • Design a convention center, stadium, or spaceport for your future city. Include detailed elements on the outside and inside of the building/structure. Include at least 3 futuristic aspects to your building. Explain how this structure is an improvement over present day structures.
  • Design a mass transit system for your future city. Draw a detailed picture of your system and label it. Write a description of the improvements you have included in your transit system. Include at least 3 futuristic aspects to your building.
  • Suggest an alternative idea to the teacher for approval.
Resources:


Final Presentation - Visual Focus (If you are interested in earning a 90% or higher on your presentation, it much be integrated, visual in nature, and clearly show cause and effect with innovations)



Use screen captures and other graphics with labels, when needed, to represent these main points:

Future Cities example
Example of a highly visual presentation for future cities.
Example 2

7th Grade Future Cities Presentation Format Suggestions:

Intro Slide - Name and founders of city
Other Slides should cover:
  • Location of City (map - my city is here!)
  • What are the foundational events?
  • What events had the greatest impact/effected the most change in your city?
  • How does your city improve on problems of today?
  • What are the futuristic aspects or improvements of your city as shown on your map
  • Where are the major zones and features of your city in relation to one another?
  • How do the items you chose to build show innovations of the future?
  • How are they an improvement over what we have now?
  • Why is your city better than all the rest?
  • Does your city have a theme song/logo/sports team/etc???
  • Has your city been recognized for any special awards or honors?
Last Slide - Bibliography
  • Include URLs of all sites and titles of all print resources used in your entire project.
  • A formal bibliography gets you 5 points extra credit!

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Old Plan - This is a more structured approach - without visuals and clear integration, the highest grade you can earn is an 89%.

Example of a highly visual presentation for future cities.

Prepare a presentation about your city.

7th Grade Future Cities Presentation Format Suggestions

Slide #1 - Name and founders of city
Slide #2 - Location of City (map - my city is here!)
Slide #3 - City Theme (Task #2)
  • Why is your city famous/awesome/the best?
Slide #4 - 5-7 Main points of history (Task #4)
  • What are the foundational events?
  • What events had the greatest impact/effected the most change in your city?
  • Do not include the entire history!
Slide #5, 6 & 7 - Main points of 3 systems descriptions (Task #3)
  • How will your city improve on problems of today?
Slide #8, #9 - 3-5 Main points related to map (Task #5)
  • Include screen capture or digital photos
  • What are the futuristic aspects or improvements of your city as shown on your map
  • Show and explain map to class
Slide #10, #11 - Talking points related to city constructions (Task #6)
  • Include screen capture or digital photos
  • How do the items you chose to build show innovations of the future?
  • How are they an improvement over what we have now?
  • Show & explain constructions to class
Slide #12 - Other info??
  • Why is your city better than all the rest?
  • Does your city have a theme song/logo/sports team/etc???
  • Has your city been recognized for any special awards or honors?
Slide #13 - Bibliography
  • Include URLs of all sites and titles of all print resources used in your entire project.
  • A formal bibliography gets you 5 points extra credit!