The Future of Infrastructure Design

Across the globe, and particularly in the United States, growing city populations are placing unprecedented stresses on transportation, energy, water, and communication networks, many of which are quickly deteriorating. The coming infrastructure crises have been gaining presence in the media and in government policy as the implications of the impending economic constraints begin to set in. Finally, public and private investors are beginning to pour billions of dollars into infrastructural renewal and expansion projects. But with rapidly changing technologies and innovations, what will these projects look like? This month, we take a look at emerging trends in the field.