What will the city of the future look like?

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What will the world look like in 30 years? In 40 years? The health crisis that we have been experiencing since March 2020 has accelerated certain changes that tend towards the vision we can have of the city of the future. Through an independent learning path, students will look at various ways of envisioning the future of cities and at the sustainable actions to be taken.

What will the world be like in 30 years? In 40 years? The health crisis that we have been experiencing since March 2020 has accelerated certain changes which tend towards the vision that we can have of the city of the future ...

For example, teleworking has become the norm in several professional sectors, which at the same time leads to a decrease in traffic on major roads. On the other hand, the pandemic has caused many people to want to leave large centers because urban areas do not adequately meet the needs of citizens in times of crisis. This urban sprawl is often synonymous with long distances to be traveled by car to meet one's needs (work, eat, have fun, etc.) and is therefore undesirable in the fight against climate change.

But how do you keep urbanites back? How to adapt and transform the city to the various realities of the future? With this in mind, a group of Canadian and American researchers carried out an interdisciplinary study published in the journal Environmental Research who imagines what Montreal and its northern and southern crowns could look like in 40 years:

"We must bring nature back to the city and make housing more affordable, suggests in particular [Researchers]. But the most important thing is to discourage the use of the automobile and, at the moment, little is done to get someone out of their car. The government should be less permissive by taxing more gasoline, large cars, registration […]. And in return, we must offer more substitutes for the car by improving the supply of public transport services. "

Le Devoir, September 14, 2020

“A rebalancing of space is also necessary to discourage motorized travel. By implementing teleworking, we are certainly taking a lot of cars off the road, but we also make car use more attractive since there is less congestion. We must reverse the trend, make pedestrian streets, shared streets, more cycle paths. We then create more pleasant living environments. "

Le Devoir, September 14, 2020

Your challenge

Have you ever imagined what your future might look like in 30 or 40 years? To sum up your thinking, design a croquinote (or sketchnote) which brings together some characteristics of your vision of the future. You can include things about:

  • work;
  • travel;
  • hobbies;
  • interpersonal exchanges;
  • housing;
  • and any other aspect of your life as you imagine it in the future!

You can use the app Tayasui Sketches on your iPad to make your sketch-note, or any other drawing app you know well. You can of course also do it on paper!

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Disciplines and levels targeted

1- Science and technology (lower secondary)

  • Propose explanations or solutions to scientific or technological problems: identify a problem, choose an investigation or design scenario.

2- ECR (2nd cycle of secondary)

  • Theme: the future of humanity

3- French (1st and 2nd cycles of secondary education)

  • Communicate orally (recording on Flipgrid)
  • Write a variety of texts (summarized using a mind map)

Targeted dimensions of digital competence

  • Producing content with digital
  • Develop and mobilize its culture
  • Exploit the potential of digital technology to
  • Develop critical thinking about
  • Innovate and be creative with

Suggested digital tools

  • Tayasui Sketches
  • Microsoft Forms
  • Popplet
  • Flipgrid

Educational intention of the guide

The following activities will allow students to use various ways of envisioning the future of humanity to lead them to examine different contemporary situations, while considering possible actions or solutions.

Learning Path Objectives

  • Introduce the subject with the help of a video on the city of the future.
  • Collect the learners' assumptions and their initial conceptions on the subject with a questionnaire.
  • Have a digital creation (mind map) made in order to summarize the main lines of an article on the subject in question.
  • Integrate new learning with the design of a video on Flipgrid.
  • Arrange for a moment of feedback using Flipgrid.


Here is a short video clip that summarizes what the city of the future could look like. Listen to her carefully so that you can answer a few questions later.


Answer the questionnaire below to validate your understanding of the video capsule on the city of the future and to reflect on how you see the future of humanity.

* For teachers who want to integrate this questionnaire into their class on Teams, here is the link to duplicate it and thus access your students' answers. Alternatively, students can, once the quiz is completed and submitted, go back to their answers and share them with you by screenshot, for example.


You will find an article from Duty which provides the broad outlines of research published this summer in the journal Environmental Research. She imagines what Montreal might look like in 40 years. Several scenarios were modeled in order to find the one that comes closest to a sustainable city, that is to say with limited health and environmental consequences. So read this article and summarize the highlights with the creation of a mind map. To do this, you can use the tool Popplet in web version or the application if it is installed on your tablet.


The last step of this learning journey is to make a short video recording on Flipgrid to share your vision of a green future and provide solutions so that the Earth of tomorrow is to your liking. Once your video is ready and you hit "submit", a web address will be generated; you can copy it and send it to your teacher so that he or she can view your video.


Online media Gross imagined the world in 2050 from various angles and shares his observations in a few videos accessible below:

  1. Is 10 billion inhabitants in 2050 on Earth too much for the planet?
  2. 143 million climate refugees by 2050?
  3. What diet to adopt in 2050?
  4. Is it possible to feed the planet with 100% organic agriculture in 2050?
  5. Environment: what will the United States look like in 2050?

It would be possible to make the pupils react on Mentimeter, for example, after viewing these capsules. Creation of word clouds, open questions, choice of answers, value scales… Several possibilities are available to you!


In Montreal, a denser future, without cars
Le Devoir, September 14, 2020

What will the city of the future look like?
Brut, August 10, 2017

The city of the future, sustainable and connected
Bouygues Immobilier, July 22, 2014

Hello World, February 23, 2019

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