The majority of the world’s construction is now informal and located in the Global South, namely “developing countries, which are located primarily in the Southern Hemisphere” (UNDP). These new world environments face multiple challenges, from reducing extreme poverty and providing food for the expected 10 billion people by 2050, to dealing with the threats of manmade climate change and irreversible loss of bio-diversity and natural habitats.
In the face of this, we urgently need to develop a new generation of practitioners who can think rapidly and flexibly and act in the absence of complete information to support and improve the quality of life for both urban and rural dwellers of the future. These practitioners will need to understand and be able to enhance environments through myriad engineering issues and develop designs in collaboration with the communities they serve.
This cross-disciplinary programme will develop a new generation of practitioners who can lead this development, developing practical engineering solutions to building in resilience for local communities in the face of rapid urbanization.