Understanding the future

“The leaders of the future will be those who understand the dynamic environmental, technical, and socioeconomic systems that shape our world. Future World Vision is a window into how these systems can interact to impact the places we will live and work. It’s a way to interact with experts from around the globe to help imagine the story of the future.” - David Odeh, principal, Odeh Engineers

“Civil engineers are working right now on the research, innovations, and applications that will make this future possible.”

John W. van de Lindt, chief editor, Journal of Structural Engineering

Deeply researched

Altman Vilandrie & Co., a strategic consulting group hired by ASCE, identified six key trends – alternative energy, autonomous vehicles, climate change, smart cities, advanced materials, and policy and funding – that will transform our built environment. The interaction of these six trends informs ASCE’s Future World Vision.

Why Future World Vision - Scenario Planning
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Six key trends

Alternative energy

A mix of alternative energy sources distributed through microgrids will largely replace fossil fuels.

Six key trends

A mix of alternative energy sources distributed through microgrids will largely replace fossil fuels.

Alternative energy
Autonomous vehicles
Climate change
Smart cities
High-tech construction
Policy & funding

Reshaping the city

The research community is already developing these technologies and studying their application for civil engineering and the built environment. The Mega City platform shows how these technologies will mature and interact to reshape a city of the future.

Mega City 2070 platform

Leading researchers

Mega City 2070 was informed by hours of interviews with subject-matter experts from a cross-section of engineering disciplines and relevant industries.

Future World Vision subject matter experts

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Mega City 2070 platform

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Research citations, video interviews with subject-matter experts, a vibrant in-platform community - it’s all in the Mega City 2070 desktop app.

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Future worlds

Future World Vision’s wholly plausible future worlds allow engineers to plan today for what might be needed tomorrow.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect to see in this app? What should I be looking for?

You will first see an overview map of the city and surrounding region and be able to read a narrative of the city’s history to this point in 2070. At this scale, you will also see summaries of many of the districts that make up the city, as well as have the option to select different “lenses” to better understand the city. From there you will go deeper into either the Historic Core District or the Adaptive Corridor. Here you can investigate the city systems at work. Next stop is one of three Core Samples, which extracts a vertical section of the district so you can see elements operating on various planes. Finally, you’ll enter the Street level, and join the residents of Mega City at a human scale. There is much information to explore here, both visually and textually. For more details, please watch the “Orientation” tutorial video.

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