Discover how players in Infrastructure & Cities can join forces all along the value chain and act now for a more sustainable future.

The future of Infrastructure & Cities starts today

Inspired by Gustave Eiffel’s famous tower and by our dedication to harmonize products, nature and life, Dassault Systèmes gathered a global team of experts to demonstrate that environmental challenges can be efficiently addressed by the Infrastructure & Cities sector.

Their mission: to reimagine the Eiffel Tower with the latest digital solutions and technical capabilities to mitigate their impact at each step of the process.

In the Building Tomorrow Series, Dassault Systèmes invites you to follow their journey and discover the actionable levers available right now for public and private organizations to engage with this profound transformation.

Infrastructure & Cities should be built to last for decades, or for centuries.  

In the context of climate change, resource depletion, and the rapid growth of cities, it is more important than ever to incorporate sustainable development measures into everything we do. Only then, can we ensure that we meet the needs of the present without placing undue burdens on the future. 

Today we have the capability to put those considerations into action, and to embed sustainability in our Infrastructures & Cities, at every stage of the value chain. All of this can be enabled by the collaborative solutions of the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.

The time to act is now, and visionary builders have a clear agenda:

  1. Build for citizens, with citizens
  2. Design for climate adaptation 
  3. Decarbonize whole industry value chains, from materials to production
  4. Build the foundations for a circular economy
  5. Design energy-positive building operations

In 1887, a team led by Gustave Eiffel won a challenge to build, in less than two years, a 300-meter high tower in Paris. The Eiffel Tower was a symbol of scientific and technical progress and became one of the world’s most iconic landmarks. 
But how would visionary public authorities, engineers, architects, logistics experts, and builders approach these challenges today, using the tools and technologies of the 21st century? That’s what we set out to explore with the “Building Tomorrow” project – an attempt to reimagine monumental architecture for a more sustainable world.

In designing this new tower, we demonstrate how better ways of thinking and working can enable more circular practices at the entire sector level, and show the way forward towards a more sustainable tomorrow.

Discover the exclusive video series

Discover how players in Infrastructure & Cities are implementing sustainable business transformation in Dassault Systèmes' new series, Building Tomorrow

Episode 1


Designing a project as complex as the Eiffel Tower leaves no room for error. The virtual twin not only allows public authorities to collaborate with their wide ecosystems, but also provides a digital environment to test, assess, and make decisions at every step of the process, using scientific evidence as a baseline.

Episode 2


Choosing the right material is critical when it comes to limiting the carbon footprint of a building. But beyond the material itself, it is its entire life cycle that experts must analyze and optimize.

Episode 3


Thinking about logistics from the outset offers greater flexibility to make decisions that can significantly reduce the carbon footprint of a project, as well as building greater resilience to supply chain disruption.

Episode 4


Creating a virtual twin of the tower meant its operations management could be conceptualized with carbon neutrality by design.
From the first stage of development, the virtual twin provided a clear view of the tower's water and energy use, waste production, and ultimately on optimization processes to create a self-sufficient building.

Episode 5


Productization is here to shake up the construction world. Using Integration-Ready Construction Modules will transform the value chain by accelerating the design, delivery, and assembly of truly unique and sustainable buildings.

About the project


Together with our team of international experts, we collaborated to design, model and simulate a new tower, inspired by one of the world’s most iconic buildings. This challenge was led by a simple motivation: to demonstrate that, thanks to digitalization, it is now possible to engage impactful actions in the virtual world that will make a great difference in the real world of Infrastructure & Cities.

© design of the new tower by Nicolas Laisné Architectes