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Lauren YS


8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

Global, Oceania

"Floating Cities of the Future"

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  • This mural by Lauren YS depicts an imaginary city that is sustainable, future-thinking, fantastical, zero-emission, and meant to withstand rising sea levels.
  • The floating nature of this mural is tied to the mural's location, the island nation of New Zealand.
Teaching Tips


  • Students bring their own ideas and interpretations to the artwork that develop critical thinking.
  • This is an imaginative way to get students thinking about different ways to meet humanity's needs without compromising the needs of other species.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have an understanding of what urban design and planning mean.


  • This imaginative mural invites students to come up with their own versions of what the future could hold in store for cities.
  • A lesson could explore ways that art can expand technological possibilities by expanding the creative thought processes that start with scientific knowledge and lead to new practical applications.
  • Other resources related to these topics include this mural about marine animals' anger towards human's impact on the environment and this video about an idea for a regenerative global city called Planet City.
Scientist Notes
This piece of arts showcases the imperative of a smart and sustainable city and the need to deploy innovative design to withstand sea level rise and other impending natural hazards. This resource is recommended.
  • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard C1 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • D.C1.9-12acc.b Evaluate the effectiveness of an image to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of various audiences.
    • Visual Arts: Standard C2 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • D.C2.6-8adv Analyze how the interaction of subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, use of media, artmaking approaches, and relevant contextual information contributes to understanding messages or ideas and mood conveyed.
      • D.C2.9-12prof Construct interpretations of artwork, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found both in the work and in various contexts.
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