Latest Trends and Technologies
in Civil Engineering within Asia
Dr. Osamu Kusakabe
Chairman of The Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council
Distinctive features in Asia
Asia can be viewed from three distinctive features which are closely interrelated.
(1) The Asian region has the biggest population in the world, nearly 60% of the world’s population is found in Asia with a large portion of those being members of the younger generations. Rapid urbanization is taking place and will be accelerating in near future due to these younger generations.
(2) The Asian region is prone to natural disasters. More than 50 % of natural disasters occur in Asia, and 90% of those affected by natural disasters over the last 25 years lived in Asia. Rapid urbanization has been a major factor for mitigating the vulnerability of natural disasters in the built environment.
(3) The Asia has tremendous diversity - from developed countries to developing countries, from aging societies to societies with an expanding population, and from aging infrastructure to brand new infrastructure development…
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