Cities accommodate more than 50 percent of the world’s population, and urban areas are projected to expand at a rapid pace.
Today’s cities inflict a mostly adverse impact on our natural environment, lack resilience to cope with natural disasters, and provide a disparate quality of life and quality of services to their populations. Our challenge is to re-imagine the design and operation of future urban environments to improve sustainability, resiliency, and the urban quality of life.
Our cities research spans across traditional and emerging civil and environmental engineering disciplines, including water quality and infrastructure; air quality and wind engineering; earthquake engineering and structural design; construction management; renewable energy; urban infrastructure; and urban material and energy flows.
Across these disciplines, we integrate analytical, experimental, and computational methods with analysis of large urban data sets to understand and predict urban phenomena, and promote social, environmental, and economic sustainability of the cities of the future.