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ICE UAE is pleased to host the Middle East Lecture Tour 2015 as presented by Keith Clarke CBE, Vice President, Institution of Civil Engineers & Vice Chair of Future Cities, Catapult. The subject of the talk is “Shaping the world’s Cities, A new question for engineers!”
With over 60% of the growing world's population now being urban, with the next 2 billion all in cities, it is anticipated US$30 trillion will be spent on urban infrastructure globally in the next ten years. That in itself is an extraordinary challenge for engineers but the real opportunity is whether we do it in the manner we have always done or actually embrace the necessary revolution of both learning cycles, technology and engagement that will move us away from a 4 degree world, with its unimaginable consequences, to a 2 degree world where some sense of meeting UN development goals is remotely possible.
Engineers' role in defining and designing urban infrastructure systems is absolutely paramount to the way the world will meet the necessary 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions. For the first time ever the manner in which we facilitate cities has an effect not only on the urban dwellers but upon the entire globe and its eco systems.