With a growing global urban population and a rise in extreme weather events due to global warming, it is vitally important that we find new ways to manage our urban environments.
We are applying our engineering expertise to the major challenges facing cities. These include visible challenges, such as congestion, as well as developing new techniques for managing less visible aspects of city life, such as buried water pipes, which are of critical importance to the smooth functioning of cities.
Our researchers are also investigating ways to re-engineer our urban environments in ways that support people to thrive. For example, more efficient utilisation of the space under our feet creates opportunities to free up the surface for green corridors for walking, cycling and relaxation.