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Future World Vision at the Convention

Never before has the future looked so exciting. From autonomous vehicles to the most cutting-edge green technologies, the built environment is reshaping before our eyes.

Exciting as it is, these changes breed challenges. The future will require a new way of doing things. A new approach. A new vision.

Using data-driven, in-depth, scenario-planning analysis, Future World Vision puts civil engineers in position to lead not just today but five decades into the future.

Join us at the ASCE Convention and you will find ways to engage in sessions and check out our booth for even more information.  


Keynote Speaker | Opening Plenary: Alex McDowell

Friday, October 11 | 8:30 – 10:00 am

Provocation Machine

Alex McDowellThrough the convergence of simulation and storytelling, designer Alex McDowell proposes a new approach to education and planning for an unpredictable future.

The Floating City digital proof of concept—the first installment in ASCE’s Future World Vision—highlights deeply considered systems, communities, ecologies, and economies, exploring the city from both a systems and human perspective.

Come along as McDowell guides us through a “deep dive” into the design process and end user experience of this virtual city of the future, witnessing its evolution as it develops over a 50-year horizon.

Floating City represents a bold step in the technology of narrative and media experience, finding answers by provoking a whole new set of questions and illuminating the future of civil engineering.

Session | The Floating City: Worldbuilding The Future

Friday, October 11 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. 
Sunday, October 13 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Further explore both the virtual world of the Floating City and the deep research underlying its conception during these intensive 90-minute workshops. Participants will collaborate in World Building group sessions curated by a team from Experimental Design to explore the infrastructure solutions and engineering details present in the neighborhoods of the city.

Booth | Step Inside the Floating City

This multimedia installation is home to an immersive opportunity for allowing visitors to experience the Floating City firsthand. Participants navigate through time and space as the first of ASCE's five future cities comes alive, evolving over 50 years and presenting exciting engineering challenges in response to our shifting global context. 

Attendees have the chance to explore Future World Vision's "Floating City" on either a Virtual Reality set, or a touchscreen monitor at the booth. The booth is open each day during scheduled ASCE Experience hours.  To guarantee time for you to interact with the platform, please reserve a slot here. 

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