Future City Competition


CSI Chicago Foundation is proud to support and help develop the future leaders of the construction industry.  Each year the foundation partners with the Chicago Regional Future City Competition. Our partnership includes donating funds to support their effort as well as donating our time by sending volunteers from the CSI Chicago Chapter to judge the competition.

Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include stormwater management, urban agriculture, public spaces, and green energy. The 2019-2020 theme is Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow. Teams will choose a threat to their city's water supply and design a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean drinking water.

Participants complete five deliverables: a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model built from recycled materials; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the Finals in Washington, DC in February. After completing Future City, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, but also poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.

Please help us support our future construction leaders by donating to the foundation or contacting us to volunteer your time as a judge for the Chicago regional competion.  If you would like to learn more please visit the Future City Competition website.