This initiative investigates advances in the sciences, engineering, business, architecture, design, and law to ensure smart, equitable, sustainable, and healthy cities. Topics include hard and soft infrastructure; digital technologies; transportation systems; clean, sustainable, and secure energy storage and distribution; climate change resilience; efficient and reliable water systems; landscapes and ecology; urban agriculture; financial systems; and security. The complexity of these issues requires multidisciplinary efforts that address the human factors, social issues, and public policy and management, with the goal of achieving positive social impacts.
Featured Urban Futures Research
Examining the Key Role Convenience Stories Play in Chicago’s Food Deserts
Research from Assistant Professor of Social Sciences Hao Huang found that in some neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side, convenience stores are often the lone option for healthy food.
A New Method to Determine Sustainability
A research team that includes Stuart School of Business and Institute of Design Associate Professor Weslynne Ashton recently published a paper that highlighted an assessment that the team developed to quantify the contribution of different types of capital in the sustainability of a system, which will inform decision-making by a variety of entities.
Deconstructing a Better Way for Cities to Plan for Severe Weather
In examining the impacts of Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, Associate Professor of Social Sciences Yuri Mansury is researching how to mitigate future economic losses caused by extreme weather, especially among cities’ lower-income households.
Cutting the Charging Cord
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Lin Cai is exploring environmentally friendly ways to recharge small electronics that would eliminate the need for the traditional charging pad.
Moving Toward a More Sustainable Power Grid
“We can make the future power grid more stable and more sustainable by operating power electronic converters, which interface renewables, storage systems, and flexible loads with the grid as virtual synchronous machines."
Bridging the Gap Between Safety and Usability
Bridge expert Gongkang Fu, who has contributed to research on the structural analysis, design, and infrastructure management of spans across the globe, has won the 2020 Alfredo Ang Award on Risk Analysis and Management of Civil Infrastructure.