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College of Architecture, Planning and Design


Imagine Place $500 Scholarship Competition
for High School Students

Sponsored by K-State LARCP

2017 Theme 

Learn from Earth | Imagine Mars

Planners and landscape architects design, plan, and manage human settlement to foster a just, resilient and democratic world.

Global pressures upon the Earth’s biosphere and social systems have pushed humans to confront radically different visions of the future. Humans are now exploring transit to Mars. Let’s envision that in your lifetime, a settlement on Mars may become a reality.

Competition Guidelines

Imagine a new settlement on Mars. If humans embark on settling another planet, one with no existing life forms, what are essential features of the new city you imagineHow can we learn from current dilemmas on Earth to plan, design, and care for human settlements on Mars?

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Step One

Select a contemporary social or environmental issue that affects people on Earth. The links below are given for reference only, the opinions expressed in these articles are the author's own and may not reflect the university, departmental or scholarship reviewer's opinions. Please ensure that you develop your own ideas using other sources, research and your own ideas pertaining to these issues.

Step Two

Imagine you are proposing a city on Mars in 2070 after vegetation is established and an atmosphere is in place. To learn more about Mars exploration:

Step Three

Imagine you are a planner or landscape architect working to create a future human settlement on Mars. To learn more about what planners and landscape architects do…

Step Four

Craft your vision for a future settlement on Mars. Your entry should be visionary, imaginative, and creative. Your entry must address one of the issues stated in step two. Your entry may contain images of original graphics, drawings, models, and photographs. It may also contain text.

Step Five

Submit your entry as a 3-page, 8.5’x11” PDF document. You may choose one of the following:

  1. Submit a written product (which can contain images but is mostly text), OR;
  2. Submit a visual product (which can contain text but is mostly images).

Your 3-page PDF must include:

  • Title: Should describe how you propose learning from Earth to build a city on Mars.
  • Project Statement: should be at least 150-words (minimum) and must begin exactly with the following statement: Planners and landscape architects must consider [insert issue(s) from step one that you are addressing] on Earth when planning for a future Mars settlement.
  • Images and/or text: to convey your vision for a future settlement on Mars. It is your choice as to whether you submit mostly text or mostly images.

How to Submit

Entries are due March 6, 2017. Email your entry as an email attachment to imagineplace@ksu.edu. Your file name should include the entrant’s first and last name, for example: Doe_Jane_ImaginePlace.pdf
Within the body of the email message, please include entrant’s name, name of school, grade level, parental or teacher contact name, email, mailing address, and phone number.


The Imagine Place competition is open to any student enrolled in a high school as a sophomore, junior, or senior student (or grade level equivalent) anywhere in the world.

Evaluation of Entries

A jury composed of K-State faculty in the department of landscape architecture and regional and community planning will evaluate entries. The jury seeks entries that envision human settlement on Mars in a create creative way, by addressing how an existing issue on Earth (see the issues in step two) will be avoided, remedied, or solved.

All entrants who submit a qualifying entry have a chance to be awarded one of the following awards. All awards are granted at the discretion of the jury.


Imagine Place Scholarship Excellence Award (up to 2 awards each year), a $500 award. Granted upon acceptance as an undergraduate student to either the landscape architecture or planning degree programs at K-State.

Imagine Place Honor Award (up to 3 awards each year)

By submitting an entry to the Imagine Place Scholarship Competition, the entrant grants K-State permission to reproduce, publicize, and exhibit the entry.

Timeline for 2016-2017

Competition Announced: December 22, 2016
Deadline for Entries: March 6, 2017
Awards Announced: April 14, 2017

A display of selected qualifying entries will be exhibited at LARCP K-State Open House, April 1, 2017.