The OECD estimates that around US$ 53 trillion is required for investment in transport, energy efficiency, telecommunications, and water and waste infrastructure over the next 15 years. Yet, as the world rapidly become more urbanized, investment in urban infrastructure is lagging behind. Lack of vision, loss of nerve, absence of public funds and low levels of interest from investors all exacerbate this.
Nonetheless some cities across the globe are demonstrating resilience and capacity for innovation. While there is a consensus that investment in physical and social infrastructure can increase productivity, facilitate connection and promote social good, there are severe challenges and barriers to investment. Architect Norman Foster, who has been at the forefront of urban change in cities across the world, focused on the role that design can play in tackling social, economic and environmental futures, providing the context for the examination of the broader challenges of using infrastructure to help improve quality of life and the environment in cities in the UK and abroad.
This course discusses the challenges and benefits of focusing on infrastructure rather than just buildings, and why they are the most important investment for the future. Presented are some case studies that will highlight the efficiency of advance and sustainable infrastructure in making communities livable.
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. To understand the importance of investing in sustainable infrastructure.
2. To understand the positive effects of innovative design on cities or urban areas.
3. Identify the industry influences and learn from their projects' successes.
Norman Foster, Founder, Foster + Partners planning firm