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Sixth-grade students in Cathy Halter’s histoire-geographie class were challenged to create notre ville de demain—the city of tomorrow. Students worked in teams to envision, plan and design urban communities of the future. They were asked to consider services provided, architectural style, and the role of nature and the environment. Creativity and self-expression were welcome and evident in the students' imagined future cities, designed to build and support sustainable communities.
“The students imagined the construction of new buildings that consume much less energy, and considered public spaces that allow us to get around by bike, on foot, by public transportation or car-sharing. I was impressed by their ability to analyze, innovate, and collaborate to build their city of the future while respecting environmental and structural constraints," said Ms. Halter. “I believe cities themselves are the engine to creating a better, more progressive and sustainable way of life, and hope to instill in the students that they can be an agent for change within our community.”
Sixth grader Elsa liked that “the project encouraged us to use the creative side of ourselves. It was really neat to see what everyone in the class did and how we can make the cities more environmentally friendly.”
Elsa’s classmate, Harper, thought “the project was fun, and it made us do research to find ways to make the world a better place.” Maddie added, “Since we were building a model, the project forced us to think deeper about the dimensions of the buildings and the quality of life in the city. It was cool that we got to think about and design the world of our future.”