The Maryland Urban Research Studio, led by faculty from the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and assisted by graduate and undergraduate students, competed in "City of the Future," a design and engineering competition staged by the History Channel.
The Maryland team won the IBM Innovation in Technology Award for its entry in the Washington, DC competition, held in Union Station on January 14.
Eight teams in each competing city (Washington, Atlanta, and San Francisco) faced the challenge of envisioning their city 100 years from now—in the wake of dramatic technological innovation and drastic climate change. In the one-week charrette, Maryland's team responded with a proposal for vertical expansion of the city, preserving today's historic ground as tomorrow's underground while incorporating urban farming, energy collection and public transit in the new elevated ground.
Stay tuned for more images and video from the competition!
Washington Post: Visions of a Brave New Washington
History Channel: City of the Future