Stacey Lamer, CH2M HILL, Future City Mentor
Team Tempestas Aqua: (from left back row) Luke Longren, Sophia Swanson, Elizabeth Zollner, Laura Phillips, Cailyn Zicker, Lily Kenn, and Jane Schinkel (not pictured).
The Great Plains Region Future City Competition was held at Kansas State University on Saturday, January 25, 2013 with 62 teams in attendance. Team Tempestas Aqua from West Middle School in Lawrence, Kansas fared well despite the illness of a speech team member on competition day. Their narrative was ranked 1st. And they received the Mother Earth Award for a design that had the most innovative concept for improving the environment. Check out their poster: CCC Poster 20×30.
The winning team, Manh Me Re from Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton, Colorado, will represent the Great Plains Region in Washington on February 15–20, 2013.
CH2M HILL’s Most Holistic City Award went to Team Hydration Nation from Yeokum Middle School in Belton, Missouri.
On another exciting note, the Southwest Middle School Future City Team from Lawrence, Kansas participated in the CH2M HILL sponsored Rain Barrel Workshop. Their efforts during the Great Plains Region Future City competition were recognized on Channel 6 on February 3, 2013.
Team Tempestas receiving the Mother Earth Award.
TEMPESTAS AQUA Team’s City Narrative In the early 21st century a small community in Ireland was struggling to manage runoff. Now, in the year 2162, that same community is one of the most advanced cities in the world. Tempestas Aqua (Latin for stormwater), is named after the very element that had caused a severe economic decline in the past.
Tempestas Aqua is a beautiful city off the coast of Ventry Bay, a small harbor in County Kerry, Ireland. This 150 year old city has a population of 8,000 people with a median age of 33 years old. It is known for its beautiful seaside, ranging from dramatic cliffs to stunning beaches. Tempestas Aqua is a popular destination for swimming, surfing, and sailing, as well as a resting spot for seals and other aquatic animals.
Tempestas Aqua Model
Because of Tempestas Aqua’s beautiful landscape and archeological ruins, it is a popular tourist city. People flock from all over the world to see the Dunbeg, an Iron Age defense fort, and the 1650’s Knight of Kerry Rahinnane Castle. These historic sites are married with unique current-day infrastructure that is built to be energy efficient while also adding to the natural beauty of the nearby Mount Eagle by incorporating biomimicry. Almost every structure is built with natural limestone, which is the native rock in that area. Dingle Peninsula is one of the few areas in the world where Gaelic is still spoken—a key reason why this isolated community has maintained its rural heritage while embracing new technological advances.The CCC (Condensation Collection Canopy), Sky Generator, and PARA (Piezoelectric Air Redirection Array) were developed by forward-thinking engineers to provide water management and clean energy for the entire city. The CCC is a radar-activated, nearly-invisible net that collects precipitation above the city and funnels it to the Sky Generator, a high-tech hydropower plant that achieves near 100% efficiency. The excessive rainfall that once hindered the city now produces enough energy for nearly the entire population. The CCC also provides more than enough water for vertical farm irrigation, as well as for human consumption. All energy not produced by the CCC is generated by floating windmills. The PARA is a net-zero energy system providing a clean impervious landscape for all pavement systems using piezoelectric power produced by vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
The city is economically driven by tourism and fishing which provides an adequate tax base to support city services. Tempestas Aqua has exceptional medical facilities. The city public hospital, Cathrach Phoibli Ospideal, has medical staff highly skilled in advanced procedures, further attracting visitors and residents. Tempestas Aqua’s well-trained police department has virtually eliminated crime within the city, and the ambulance and fire response time is less than two minutes. There is a primary, middle, and high school, all of which are ranked in the top 100 nationally. There is also a veterinary clinic and a wildlife conservation center.
With all these innovations, the beautiful landscape, and a very unique culture, Tempestas Aqua is one of the top destinations in the world.