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Future Cities

This assignment ran from Oct 30 to Nov 20, 2015.

Did you know that by 2050 about seventy-five percent of the population will live in cities? As urban communities grow, cities will need to find new ways to become smarter. How are the cities you live in managing vital resources like energy, water, food and what kinds of smart innovations are preparing them to meet future challenges.

Your assignment is to show us a glimpse of your future cities and the innovative solutions that are helping them thrive. Whether it’s the city where you live or one you are visiting, capture an image of smart thinking that you believe will help the city grow more sustainably.

This assignment is the final assignment launched in conjunction with The Great Energy Challenge, a National Geographic initiative in partnership with Shell. The assignments and partnership as a whole are designed to make us stop and think about the role of energy in our lives. As you are taking your pictures, be sure to visit for inspiration and more information.

In return for the Sponsor's support of this Assignment, National Geographic may provide images from the Assignment to the Sponsor for its use on its website, social media platforms, and other outlets to promote and publicize the Assignment.

Curated by:

Monica C. Corcoran
Former Director, Your Shot
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Published Nov 30, 2015.
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The Way We Live

Posted oct 30, 2015

Ideas are being implemented in cities today that will change the way we live tomorrow. Cities are creating public green spaces that absorb heavy rains to prevent flooding. Utilizing electric public transportation reduces traffic and emissions, and solar power panels installed atop buildings help meet increasing energy demands. If you think of yourself as an urban innovator, you can even share your own creative idea to make city living better in the future.

What will the cities of tomorrow look like?

Monica C. Corcoran

Monica C. Corcoran

Former Director, Your Shot
Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with 20 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a former director at National Geographic for the Your Shot photo community.