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Future World Vision

At the center of the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Future World Vision project is the creation of five holistic, multi-dimensional worlds that brings to life the future of civil engineering through compelling narratives and evocative designs that can be explored and annalized through interactive digital environments. These worlds serve as an emergent foundation and resource that demonstrate how civil engineering can become a central component of aspirational but achievable futures.

01 | The Mega City explores how current cities will grow in density while developing circular economies and preserving historic character as structures and materials adapt. Illustrations by Jacob Duncan.
01 | The Mega City explores how current cities will grow in density while developing circular economies and preserving historic character as structures and materials adapt. Illustrations by Jacob Duncan.
02 | The Floating City leverages innovations in ocean engineering to create an urban system that operates in symbiosis with its surrounding ecology both above and below the surface. Illustrations by Alisa Romanova and Anda Sung.
02 | The Floating City leverages innovations in ocean engineering to create an urban system that operates in symbiosis with its surrounding ecology both above and below the surface. Illustrations by Alisa Romanova and Anda Sung.
03 | The proof of concept for the Floating City allows users to navigate through the city at various stages in its history and from its macrosystems to the human scale. The experience uses rich interactive information to provoke, challenge, and discuss the future of civil engineering. Cover illustration by Anda Sung.
04 | Every future city build is an evolution of design, research, and story. By designing symbolic representations at the onset of the project we set visual guidepost that are ultimately challenged by research and the emergent narrative logic.
04 | Every future city build is an evolution of design, research, and story. By designing symbolic representations at the onset of the project we set visual guidepost that are ultimately challenged by research and the emergent narrative logic.
05 | A synthesis of energy infrastructure, aquaculture, and entertainment drive the early concepts for the Floating City. Illustration by Jacob Duncan.
05 | A synthesis of energy infrastructure, aquaculture, and entertainment drive the early concepts for the Floating City. Illustration by Jacob Duncan.
06 | The debut of Future World Vision's first interactive proof of concept was treated as multi-modal information gathering workshop. Hundreds of ASCE members were able to comment and respond to the Floating City and inform the ongoing evolution of this research-backed world.
07 | The Rural City leverages sophisticated autonomous systems and telepresence to both feed the global population and rehabilitate the earth on which the food is grown. Illustrations by Jacob Duncan.
07 | The Rural City leverages sophisticated autonomous systems and telepresence to both feed the global population and rehabilitate the earth on which the food is grown. Illustrations by Jacob Duncan.
08 | Climate change will open new opportunities for trade and resource extraction in the artic circle. The challenges of responsible and sustainable courses of action in this region are embodied by the Frozen City. Illustration by Jacob Duncan.
08 | Climate change will open new opportunities for trade and resource extraction in the artic circle. The challenges of responsible and sustainable courses of action in this region are embodied by the Frozen City. Illustration by Jacob Duncan.
09 | The Off-Planet City will deeply consider the practicalities of building a large-scale settlement on Mars. By understanding the necessary systems in this extreme environment we will bring many lessons back to our Earth based habitations. Illustration by Jacob Duncan.
09 | The Off-Planet City will deeply consider the practicalities of building a large-scale settlement on Mars. By understanding the necessary systems in this extreme environment we will bring many lessons back to our Earth based habitations. Illustration by Jacob Duncan.
01 | The Mega City explores how current cities will grow in density while developing circular economies and preserving historic character as structures and materials adapt. Illustrations by Jacob Duncan.
02 | The Floating City leverages innovations in ocean engineering to create an urban system that operates in symbiosis with its surrounding ecology both above and below the surface. Illustrations by Alisa Romanova and Anda Sung.
03 | The proof of concept for the Floating City allows users to navigate through the city at various stages in its history and from its macrosystems to the human scale. The experience uses rich interactive information to provoke, challenge, and discuss the future of civil engineering. Cover illustration by Anda Sung.
04 | Every future city build is an evolution of design, research, and story. By designing symbolic representations at the onset of the project we set visual guidepost that are ultimately challenged by research and the emergent narrative logic.
05 | A synthesis of energy infrastructure, aquaculture, and entertainment drive the early concepts for the Floating City. Illustration by Jacob Duncan.
06 | The debut of Future World Vision's first interactive proof of concept was treated as multi-modal information gathering workshop. Hundreds of ASCE members were able to comment and respond to the Floating City and inform the ongoing evolution of this research-backed world.
07 | The Rural City leverages sophisticated autonomous systems and telepresence to both feed the global population and rehabilitate the earth on which the food is grown. Illustrations by Jacob Duncan.
08 | Climate change will open new opportunities for trade and resource extraction in the artic circle. The challenges of responsible and sustainable courses of action in this region are embodied by the Frozen City. Illustration by Jacob Duncan.
09 | The Off-Planet City will deeply consider the practicalities of building a large-scale settlement on Mars. By understanding the necessary systems in this extreme environment we will bring many lessons back to our Earth based habitations. Illustration by Jacob Duncan.