Teams of Boston middle school students presented their urban design plans and architectural ideas to Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday, Jones Lang LaSalle said.
"The presentation was the culmination of the seventh annual urban planning ideas competition that engages over 100 middle-schoolers each year," Jones Lang LaSalle said in a press release. "Nine teams of students, real estate professionals, and Citizen Schools staff worked together to create a vision for public open spaces including Dorchester’s Columbia Point, the city’s Government Center complex, and a classroom at the John W. McCormack Middle School in Dorchester.
Jones Lang LaSalle is a national real estate services and money management firm with a large presence in Boston. Citizen Schools is a nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to extend the learning day for low-income children.
Besides Jones Lang LaSalle, firms and entities that helped mentor the student teams included Cubellis, Goody Clancy, Harvard School of Design, ICON Architecture, Altitude, Inc., Paul Lukez Architecture, Payette, and Shepley Bulfinch.
Jones Lang LaSalle managing director Rob Dickey said in a statement: “More Boston companies are taking an active interest in the next generation’s role in our built environment. The program has grown significantly. The new curriculum we’re developing will attract even greater corporate participation in the future.”
(By Chris Reidy, Globe staff)