The Joint Lab on Future Cities (JLFC) is a joint effort among a group of researchers from the Departments of Civil Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, and Geography to establish a platform that facilitates studies on future cities: the people that live in them; the natural environment that they must coexist with; and the technologies that will enable these activities.
As urbanization sets to become a global trend in the coming century, an increasing portion of the Earth’s population are going to be migrating into cities on a global scale. Such massive increase in urban population not only put significantly stress on their existing infrastructure, but they are also challenging every aspect of the human-environment relationship. To ensure the sustainability and resilience of future cities, there is a genuine imminent need to develop fundamentally new way of constructing and conceiving the ways in which future cities will operate. It is clear that any solutions to the challenges faced by future cities are going to require talents from a wide range of disciplines to innovate in an interdisciplinary environment.
The JLFC is formed with the goal to incubate such environment through a series of interdisciplinary projects, symposiums and workshops that involve academics, the industry, as well as the government.