Here’s what building the future looks like for a 10-billion-person planet

Thanks to urbanization and population growth, building the future means constructing an average of 13,000 buildings a day through 2050.

Vanessa Bertollini

August 24, 2018

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If you live or work in a city, then you probably see the impact of growing urbanization every day—gridlock traffic, construction cranes peppering the skyline, soaring housing costs. Sure, these are major challenges and annoyances for city dwellers, but they also represent a huge opportunity for the global architecture, engineering, and construction industry: one that requires building the future for a 10-billion-person planet.

Did you know that before this day is over, 200,000 people will have packed up their belongings and moved from a rural area into a major city? And that by 2050, the draw of urban life will bring more than two-thirds of the global population into cities?

It’s the job of architects, engineers, and contractors to imagine, develop, and deliver the residential, social, and economic buildings for the global population. That’s an enormous undertaking. Autodesk partnered with the market-research firm, Statista, to explore the numbers. Here’s your snapshot of what’s on the horizon and the massive global opportunity ahead.


Vanessa Bertollini

About Vanessa Bertollini

Vanessa Bertollini is the director of thought leadership strategy and programs at Autodesk. She started her career writing and editing technical documents for an engineering firm and has been translating for engineers ever since.

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