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Engaging youth with the built environment through systems thinking and hands-on projects to prepare them for creating a resilient future.

UrbanEngineers by HouseStories

Students embark on a global journey, creating teams and knowledge to build an adaptive and resilient city for a particular geographic location. They apply systems thinking models to design concepts about how lifestyles, infrastructures and technologies can be adapted for different geographies, resources and climates. This modular learning journey provides a valuable thought framework for life.
The illusion of space and time that continues around us is a blurred vision of this swarming of elementary processes. The world seems to be less about objects than about interactive relationships.

Carlo Rovelli, Physicist


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Updated on June 30th, 2022
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Engaging Youth with the Built Environment

50% of the world has yet to be built. In oder to preserve ourselves and the planet, we need a framework to think about our built environment which connects ourselves to our culture, land, climate and natural resources. UrbanEngineers encourages story telling, empathy building, networked thinking and communication around how to create our collective future.

What do we do?

We frame our work with youth around essential questions that encourage systems-thinking: What is a city? Is it kind of like an ecosystem? What are the challenges in my city and how do we face them? How will my city adapt to change? How will future generations continue to live based on my actions? What kind of impacts will the actions of humans and their technologies have? These questions are part of the important discussions on global citizenship and are tailored for K12 audience. 

Why do we do it?

With 90% of all future population growth happening in cities, achievement of the SDGs will have to be addressed within the context of global urbanization. Youth education programs play a vital role in preparing leaders of our future towards achieving the SDGs, but few programs use the city as a context for the curriculum. HouseStories is an educational product company focused on engaging youth with cities and the built environment for a resilient future using innovative hands-on projects and interdisciplinary curriculum. 


Achievements & Awards

April 2020
Innovation page created on
March 2020
Abstract "Transformative Potential of K12 Systems-based Urban Curriculum" accepted for AScUS 2020
February 2020
HouseStories UrbanEngineers approved for exhibit by UNHabitat WorldUrbanForum10 - Abu Dhabi
November 2019
NCSS-NCGE Annual Conference, Exhibit and Geography Workshop, Austin USA
November 2019
Collaboration on Environmental Education Program (EEP) with ISNAD-Africa
October 2019
NAAEE Conference and Exhibit, Kentucky USA
September 2019
Eco-Schools Qatar Green Building Council Conference Collaborator
September 2019
Big 5 Qatar Talk: A Systems Approach to the UN SDGS for Architects, Engineers, Planners"
September 2019
Architects Hub Talk Qatar: Sustainability for Architects, Landscape and Urban Planning
July 2019
K12 Teacher Workshop, NSTA STEM Forum, San Francisco
June 2019
Paper "The Case for Systems-based K12 Urban Resiliency Curriculum" for conference
June 2019
Appreciation for UrbanEngineers Program from Ministry of Education, Zambia
June 2019
Compliments from UNHCR Field Office in Zambia for UrbanEngineers program
April 2019
NAAEE eePRO Webinar - Engaging Youth with the Built Environment
March 2018
Selected for SXSWedu Playground, Austin USA

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