The cities of the future will need to adapt to the lifestyles and patterns of people’s lives, as our working hours and family structures change. Future cities will also need to use new materials, as the planet is running out of many of the things we’ve previously used like steel and clay. Renewable energy will become more and more important as we move away from traditional fuel like coal, but buildings use up a lot of power and we need to make sure there is enough for everyone. Smart cities are incubators of innovation and opportunities but they must also address challenges such as rapid urbanisation, climate change and inequality and become more resilient. What role will people play in the design and planning of our smart cities?
The cities of the future will need to be taller and denser, and we will need to consider sustainability in every building. Providing plentiful and affordable food might mean roof-top farms or indoor plant farms. We’ll be testing our inventions and innovations.
Some future cities’ clients include developers, local and central governments, and private individuals. Roles in future cities will include Design Management, Structural Engineering, Stakeholder Management and Architecture, and you’ll find out more about these during your work experience. By completing this module you will start to develop some of the skills needed for these roles and develop a clearer picture of whether this area of construction is right for you.
In this virtual work experience theme you’ll be looking at Sustainability, Tall Buildings and Smart Cities. You should plan to spend about 45 minutes to an hour on each topic. When you have finished all the tasks, you will receive a certificate of completion that you can use on your CV.
Pick your first topic to get started and get a task briefing from your supervisor.