Urban Futures will deepen our commitment and broaden our impact in the interdisciplinary areas of real-world learning, problem-based scholarship and research, and community-based partnerships. This work will come to life through these emerging initiatives:
Urban Futures Initiative
Currently, more than half of the global population live in cities. By 2050, that number will increase to two-thirds. So what? Urbanization is an outcome of natural population growth and it impacts people in both rural and urban environments in a variety of ways. We broadly classify the effects of urbanization into four categories:
- Society: Economic, education, health and government
- Mobility: Transportation and infrastructure
- Sustainability: Food, water, energy and environment
- Resiliency: Public safety and security
The University of Cincinnati has a number of community-based, participatry, and community-engaged initiatives, activities and projects that are focused on addressing the challenges associated with urbanization. Within Next Lives Here, the Urban Futures Initiative will leverage, amplify, and expand UC's impact by establishing a superstructure that can serve as the enterprise-level backbone to enhance the impact our institution has in this region.
Simpson Center for Urban Futures
The Simpson Center will promote research in the field of future urban planning, infusing futuristic urban planning into the curriculum and scholarship programs within UC's college of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. In addition, an archive of Orville Simpson's work is being established in the 1819 Innovation Hub.