Urban Infrastructure: Reflections for 2100

An edited volume imagining infrastructure transitions and goals at end-of-century.

(Cover art by Callie and Nora Babbit)

Book Overview

Infrastructure systems deliver basic and critical services. They are the pillars of civilization. In the twenty-first century, infrastructure will need to change to fit the needs of a new world. What shape will they take? What function will they provide? Who will they serve and why? In this book, forty experts from around the world share their reflections for infrastructure at 2100. The book is a series of science fiction short stories, essays, and poems. Climate change, sustainability, resilience, and technology are recurring themes in the reflections. Written in 2020, it is impossible to predict how infrastructure will be in 2100. The goal of this book is not to make accurate descriptions of the future. Instead, it is to provide a dialogue and visions of what we could hope for or fear. Only time will tell on which side of the balance we end up leaning.

Visioning from global and interdisciplinary infrastructure experts


Sybil Derrible (Editor)

University of Illinois at Chicago

Mikhail Chester (Editor)

Arizona State University

Braden Allenby

Arizona State University

Amollo Ambole

University of Nairobi

Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy

Georgia Institute of Technology

Clio Andris

Georgia Institute of Technology

Weslynne Ashton

Illinois Institute of Technology

Aristide Athanassiadis

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Callie W. Babbit & Nora C. Babbit

Rochester Institute of Technology

Lawrence C. Bank

Georgia Institute of Technology

Michael Batty

University College London (UCL)

Lynette Cheah

Singapore University of Technology and Design

Caitlin D. Cottrill

University of Aberdeen

Paul K. Currie

ICLEI Africa

Cliff I. Davidson

Syracuse University

Matthew Eckelman

Northeastern University

Peter M. Groffman

City University of New York

Kris Hartley

The Education University of Hong Kong

Daniel Hoornweg

Ontario Tech University

Nadine Ibrahim

University of Waterloo

David M. Iwaniec

Georgia State University

Chris Kennedy

University of Victoria

David M. Levinson

University of Sydney

Matan Mayer

IE University

Sue McNeil

University of Delaware

Martin V. Melosi

University of Houston

Eugene Mohareb

University of Reading

Johanna Nalau

Griffith University

Edward J. Oughton

University of Oxford

Ian Whybrow

University of Oxford

Francisco Pereira

Technical University of Denmark

Stephanie Pincetl

University of California, Los Angeles

Maria Pregnolato

University of Bristol, UK

Megan S. Ryerson

University of Pennsylvania

Carrie S. Long

University of Pennsylvania

Shoshanna Saxe

University of Toronto

Yoran Shiftan

Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Joel A. Tarr

Carnegie Mellon University

Frances Taylor


Paul Hoekman

Metabolism of Cities

Thomas L. Theis

University of Illinois at Chicago

Truong Thi My Thanh

University of Transport Technology

Josias Zietsman

Texas A&M Transportation Institute