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Feel like an engineer

Ready to explore your future city?

Take the challenge and step into the shoes of the engineers shaping our future. By 2055, it’s estimated that around 75% of us will live in cities – that’s a lot of people, and it will put transport, infrastructure and supply systems under extreme pressure. The Future Cities Challenge is designed to get you thinking like an engineer. It’s a series of simple challenges based on real-life problems facing today’s experts as they plan for tomorrow.

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Doing something unfamiliar

Three-day scavenger hunt

In the villages of Ajmer, a district in western India, a woman’s toe ring is the equivalent of a wedding band, which makes “toe ring” one of the most difficult-to-find items in the scavenger hunt that researchers have developed as part of the Girls’ Education Program that operates here. “It’s not something you take off,” says Ryan Hebert, manager for research, monitoring, and evaluation at Room to Read, the nonprofit managing the program. For a girl to able to produce a borrowed toe ring, he says, “demonstrates incredible negotiation skills” and suggests that “she must have already shown herself to be extremely trustworthy over time.”

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A walking journey

From Copenhagen to Singapore

German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said: “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” This might help explain why as a country, Denmark is consistently ranked highly in global indices on education, health care, social mobility and human development.
Its capital Copenhagen is considered one of the most liveable cities in the world, and experts often attribute this to its people-centric urban planning which promotes cycling and walking above all else.

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