The questions facing the megacity of the future are not simple.
Here’s a sample, for starters:
How does a city increase its density to accommodate 50 million inhabitants while preserving its historic character, promoting accessible green space and supporting a plurality of lifestyles and economies?
Not exactly the kind of question that can be answered in an afternoon. That’s why it’s so important that civil engineers start working toward tomorrow’s solutions today.
And this is exactly what ASCE’s Future World Vision project does.
ASCE’s Future World Vision is a deeply researched scenario-planning tool to help civil engineers consider the needs of the built environment 50 years from now. And an ASCE Future World Vision special virtual event, June 2, revealed what engineers can expect from the next phase of the project – the forthcoming megacity experience.
“One of my favorite aspects of the Future World Vision project is that it does not represent an ideal future,” said Elizabeth Ruedas, P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE, leader of the Future World Vision social ethos group. “Instead, it is meant to serve as a provocation tool that raises red flags with regards to things that we might want to take a closer look at, or maybe completely avoid in the future.”
At the outset of the project, the Future World Vision research team identified six trends – alternative energy, autonomous vehicles, climate change, smart cities, advanced materials and policy/funding – to develop four future scenarios.
The first fully developed future world – the Floating City – debuted last fall at the ASCE 2019 Convention in Miami.
The second – the Megacity – is set for a full unveiling this October at the ASCE 2020 Convention.
As with the Floating City, the interactive, immersive Megacity is being constructed in a real-time 4-D computer simulation, allowing for both individual experiences and community collaboration.
Visitors to the Megacity can explore through several levels of interface – the city story, the energy lens, the transportation lens, the water and wastewater lens and the data view.
Experimental, the creative team behind the Floating City experience, is continuing its work with ASCE’s Future World Vision research cohort – including working groups on social ethos, communications and use cases – to develop the Megacity.
Learn more and find out how you can contribute to ASCE’s Future World Vision project.
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