Jitka Dekojova, landscape architect of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini and former president of NMASLA, and Justin Weathermon, current NMASLA president, served as regional judges for New Mexico's Future City Competition.
The Future City Competition brings together middle school students to design cities of the future and tackle challenges of our infrastructure and natural resources. More than 35 teams from across New Mexico presented their forwarding-looking models at the regional competition on January 13.
Around 250 middle school participants presented their projects to regional judges - including D/P/S landscape architect Jitka Dekojova. Student work encompassed elements of New Mexico's ecosystem, climate, and culture and were designed to accommodate the state's multi-generational population.
The Future City Competition requires 6th-8th graders to be creative, work in teams, and utilize their skills in science, engineering, and art. This year, many teams incorporated renewable energy - like solar and wind - as well as futuristic flying cars, community parks, and various technologies in their designs.
Teams from Annunciation Catholic School, the New Mexico Chinese School of Arts & Language, and Belen Middle School were awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively. The winning team, "Vida Sana" from Annunciation Catholic School, will move on to the National Competition held in Washington, D.C. in February.
Congrats to the all the 2018 teams! Jitka was impressed by all the students' work and was inspired by this next generation of innovators.
The Future City Competition relies on the support of its volunteers - scientists, engineers, and designers - to serve as mentors to students and judges at competition events. If you're interested in participating as a mentor or judge, you can find more information at futurecity.org/new-mexico.