Course Content
Welcome to Construction and Future Cities. In this theme, you will learn about the power of the built environment to create clean, renewable energy and design smart, safe, technologically-advanced cities.
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Construction and Smart Cities
Smart cities use technology to connect people, transport, services and buildings to create a safe and efficient environment for everyone. How can construction upgrade our existing cities to make them smart?
Construction and Renewable Energy
Clean, safe, renewable energy is in more demand than ever as our world becomes more reliant on power for technology. How can construction develop a network of sustainable, reliable energy sources?
Construction and Tall Buildings
The ambition to build taller and taller buildings around the world shows no sign of stopping. Maybe we could build to the moon! How can construction develop solutions to the problems involved with tall buildings?
Construction and Future Cities
About Lesson


We are currently working on a project to introduce some “smart” components to make the city’s travel more sustainable. Smart cities can be more efficient, more cost-effective and safer. It is expected that by 2050, 66% of the world’s population will live in urban locations like cities or megacities.

A smart city is a framework composed of Information and Communication Technologies. Citizens engage with smart city ecosystems in a variety of ways using smartphones and mobile devices, as well as connected cars and homes. Pairing devices and data with a city’s physical infrastructure and services can cut costs and improve sustainability. Communities can improve energy distribution, streamline rubbish collection, decrease traffic congestion, and even improve air quality

Smart transport and smart transport infrastructure contribute to the building and designing of a smart city by making it more valuable (with a fluid and non-congested traffic), and more livable (less noisy, free of accidents) For instance, connected traffic lights receive data from sensors to respond to real-time traffic, thereby reducing road congestion. Connected cars can communicate with parking meters and electric vehicle (EV) charging docks direct drivers to the nearest available spot. Smart rubbish bins automatically send data to waste management companies and schedule pick-up as needed instead of relying on a pre-planned schedule. 

I have a task that needs completing, and I’d really like your help.

We will be presenting our ideas to local citizens at a briefing, and I’d like you to create some presentation slides that we could show.

Citizens will have lots of comments and concerns about smart travel and it’s sustainability credentials so we want to give them information in simple, clear ways. Stakeholders for smart cities can be split into one of four main categories – each is dependent on the other, and they are all interrelated.

I’ve included the resources you need to complete the task, including documents, images, videos and templates. They should give you plenty of ideas and information.

Follow the instructions, and when you’re ready, complete your task. All this should take you about 45 minutes.

When you’re finished with your task, you can learn more about the employers, job roles and projects in this area of construction.

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