12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
8 October 2021

Futuristic Infrastructure: The Age of Megacities

State of the Industry / Profession

How often do civil engineers design five decades into the future? With over thirty megacities today, and Chicago set to make the list by 2030, civil engineers need to imagine futuristic design for decades to come. Megacities are hubs of interconnectivity with advanced transportation, sustainability, renewable energy, and smart technology infrastructure to support over 10 million people. How can civil engineers address the increasing necessity for futuristic innovation and megacities? This roundtable session will detail how civil engineers and public policy impact the design of evolving megacities, from transportation to structural and environmental engineering solutions. This roundtable session will detail the innovative design process for vertical megacities, such as NEOM in Saudi Arabia, transportation of the future, and renewable energy efforts. From unique multidisciplinary perspectives, this roundtable session will break down the process to building megacities of the future.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how ASCE Future World Vision contributes to the discussion of megacities and futuristic infrastructure.
  • Better understand vertical mega-city concepts and the drivers of innovative solutions, such as hyperloops, renewable energy, and green infrastructure.
  • Detail sustainability and policy efforts that influence mega-city development.
  • Understand the concerns for social ethos and equity in futuristic design.
  • Discuss strategies to increase their technical expertise in order to meet the demands for futuristic design.