By 2030, there will be 8.6 billion people on earth, and by 2050 that is predicted to rise to 9.8 billion. Most of the things we build will last for at least 30 years, so we need to plan how this increased population will access and use them. Some of this population growth comes from new births, but our populations are also living longer, healthier lives and we need to make sure that there are enough homes for everyone. More and more people are choosing to live and work in towns and cities, so we also need to make sure that these urban spaces offer everything we can. As the population grows, we will need to increasingly reuse land that was previously used for other things, and that can mean cleaning contamination from the ground.
How do we map the changing demographics in cities over time to understand what needs to be built, renovated or demolished? Can we design towns and cities that help protect citizens from crime? Research says that 80% of the buildings we need already exist, so how can we repair and renovate them to make them fit for our future needs?
Growing cities clients can include emergency services, individual homeowners, communities and local governments. Roles in growing cities include Building Surveying, Geotechnical Engineering and Site Management 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 Retrofitting Buildings, Land Use and Emergency Services Support. 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.