Dream Big: The City of the Future

Posted Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 9:42 AM

"By 2050, two-thirds of people on Earth will be living in cities. Imagine the engineering achievements!"

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Dream Big: The City of the Future

PostedThursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:18 AM

Kate Gramling
Kate Gramling
Dream Big: The City of the Future

By the year 2050, two-thirds of the people on Earth will be living in urban areas. An increasing number of people will be living in cities with populations of more than a million.

In cities of any size, engineers are called upon to help answer important questions like:

  • How do we ensure everyone has access to clean air and water?
  • How do we get healthy food to people?
  • How do we deal with people’s garbage and waste?
  • How do people get where they want to go on time?
  • How do we provide power to all city citizens?
  • How do we keep everyone safe during extreme events like earthquakes, hurricanes, or man-made disasters?

Last year Nehemiah Mabry won the Engineering For You video competition with a “STEM poem” on Future Cities with Intelligent Infrastructure:

As cities grow in size, solutions to answer these questions become more complex and good engineering becomes even more important. Menzer Pehlivan, a civil engineer featured in the upcoming film Dream Big, put it this way:

“I can change a city…I don’t want to say that civil engineering is better than being a doctor, but the impact we have in the daily lives of people is striking.”

Imagine a bridge that can alert city managers when there’s a structural problem; or a skyscraper that can generate its own power by harnessing the wind; or a mass transit system that uses computer driven cars that speed people from door-to-door using dedicated travel lanes. All of these and many more possibilities will be the work of engineers.

What do you think cities of the future will look like?


Image:  Shanghai Tower Sunset
The Shanghai skyline includes the Shanghai Tower, where 16,000 people live, work and play. The skyscraper is the world’s second tallest building, and its innovative design is featured in Dream Big.

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