Engineering future liveable, resilient, sustainable cities using foresight

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This paper shows how civil engineers can build better cities through a deeper understanding of the future benefits, resilience and value of their proposed urban infrastructure solutions. Three practical, foresight-based assessment methods are introduced and, for the first time, combined into a coherent design process founded on systems thinking. Based on data derived from a portfolio of research programmes, the University of Birmingham’s 2014 Future Urban Living report and the findings from the UK government’s Foresight Future of Cities project, they represent a synthesis of 15 years of research into sustainable, resilient and liveable cities. The three scenario-based methods provide a robust way for civil engineers to determine the likely performance and value of any future urban infrastructure scheme.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-9
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering
Issue number6
Early online date5 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018


  • Infrastructure Planning, Sustainability, Town & city planning