Heavy trends, worldwide
- Increasing urbanization, almost everywhere: towards a universal reference?
- Constant increase in energy produced and consumed (same for water)
- Constant traffic increase (mobility and transport), based upon combustion engines (with constant increase, too, of land consumption): the oil regime not dead (even less so with the shallow gas oil rebound)
- Waste production in constant increase: a mulch-facet challenge
- Civil engineering prowess es increasingly contributive of effective infrastructures: roads bridges, tunnels, water systems, electricity, security equipment, etc.
- ICTs, which boost all the above-mentioned factor¨s: more productivity, better monitoring, enhanced alerting and responsive capacity, extended automation
- e-services as new applications to citizen, firms, administrations and policy makers, of electronic governance: towards «always more»!
- Cyber-crime always more creative and pervasive !
Heavy trends: European peculiarities
- Public transports = an important cultural inclination
- Improvement objectives for road traffic control and buildings’ energy efficiency
- The Smart city paradigm = pervasive, even if not so clearly effective *
- Air traffic close to saturation and counter-productivity *
- Land use policies rather well defined and enforced
* Also a trend in North America and to a certain extent in Asia
Emerging trends, with acknowledged potential, worldwide
- Cars and trucks: more and more connected, with aided and context-aware driving capabilities
- «Big data»: Takes gradually over, in multiple ways
- Recycling: between moderate and average ! Based upon relative efforts towards optimisation and mitigation
- GPS systems are engaged in a world battle for market take-over and (perhaps) solutions which can become autonomous from American dominance
Emerging trends, European peculiarities
- Nuclear energy: towards less….
- Solutions for mitigating mobility impact have become trendy
- Smart grids !!! *
- Re-ruralisation of cities
- Facilitated conditions for seniors and physically and cognitively impaired persons *
- Open data becomes a gradually stronger and more accessible, useful evolution*
* Also trendy in North America and to a certain extent in Asia