Student Competition Neighbourhood of the Future

Almost everyone agrees: we need to emit less CO2 to prevent catestrophal climate change from happening. But apart from that fact, we have very little idea of what we do want in the future. How will we live and move? How will we consume? Will we greet our neighbours? The next decades will mark the beginning of the post-fossil era. Our lives will change drastically, but what these changes entail exactly? It remains hard to imagine. 

For this reason, the Koninklijk Nederlands Aardrijkskunde Genootschap (KNAG), UFS, The Cloud Collective and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment organized a competition for high school students. Their task: to imagine life in the neighborhood of the future. The best imaginations are featured at Places of Hope. 

Geo future school module
We asked second and third grade geography teachers to mobilize their students to compete over this imagination of the future. A module was developed for teachers to apply directly to their curriculum. Maarten Hajer, UFS director, recorded a special lecture for the contestants, who on February 1st handed in their models. A jury consisting of Joop van der Schee and Anne de Klerk (KNAG), Robbin Knuivers (Ruimtevolk), Hanna Lára Pálsdóttir (ministry of BZK) en Jesse Hoffman (UFS) choose 6 final teams. They took part in a workshop by Bright/The Cloud Collective on February 13th, and are working on videos to accompany the models during Places of Hope.

Photos by KNAG, find more here.