Habitats are a cornerstone of our well-being as a society. With growing urbanization, the built urban environment will continue to be pivotal in human lives. The increasing importance of infrastructure in the human experience means that civil and environmental engineers will work closely with social sciences, public health and anthropology to enhance the experiences of humans in their various habitats.
We will work to enhance the human experience by promoting interdisciplinary designs that are based on close collaboration with the public. Developing new ways to empathically listen to residents will be critical in order to understand how people experience their built environment and how the infrastructure can subsequently adapt to improve and complement this experience.
We will also improve the fundamental understanding of how habitats impact the human experience, including human decision-making and trust in infrastructure. Our focus must be on forming habitats with low water and carbon footprints so that these experiences are sustainable for future generations.
This human-centric focus requires an informed public, empowered to improve their built infrastructure and land, air and water resources. We will lead the way in educating and engaging the public in how infrastructure is used to the benefit of people, and we will educate the next generation of civil and environmental engineers to apply interdisciplinary principles in their infrastructure design.