Ralph Wilson

I have worked for Arup for four years. I started life here as a mechanical engineer, but a passion for innovation and start-up culture drew...

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Ove Arup

I believe that by employing the techniques of the...

Richard Boyd

Richard Boyd

10 March 2014 / 17 Comment(s)

Where a tough decision made for good strategic reasons appears to be at odds with a company’s values, you can be sure that there will be dissent from employees. But if you make sure the decision-making process is transparent, staff will be...

Ian Rogers

Ian Rogers

13 January 2014 / 6 Comment(s)

HaloIPT vehicle

How do you find the next winning idea, whether...

Ian Rogers

Ian Rogers

27 November 2013 / 0 Comment(s)

It is fashionable these days – in the UK at least – to rubbish green building standards and moan that LEED and BREEAM® are stifling good design. But is all the carping an indication that environmental sustainability is finally...

Mel Allwood

Mel Allwood

20 November 2013 / 6 Comment(s)

Southorn Garden Development/Central & Wanchai Station Development, MTR, Hong Kong

You’re stuck on the 25th floor of a...

Jack Pappin

Jack Pappin

13 November 2013 / 12 Comment(s)

Landfill site

One thing in the waste management industry is...

Allan Barton

Allan Barton

07 November 2013 / 4 Comment(s)

The recent announcement that the UK government has finally struck a deal to build a much-needed nuclear power station is good news. But overall I am increasingly frustrated about the way the delivery of major infrastructure projects is treated as a...

Duncan Wilkinson

Duncan Wilkinson

31 October 2013 / 0 Comment(s)

Ship entering a dock in the Panama Canal

I believe that infrastructure has the power to...

Bill Grose

Bill Grose

31 October 2013 / 8 Comment(s)

Wind turbines on a wind farm in Wales. Copyright Arup.

Do you know what a wind farm really sounds like?...

Kym Burgemeister

Kym Burgemeister

24 October 2013 / 9 Comment(s)

Vans, cars and people congest a road in Johannesburg, South Africa. Copyright Arup.

What makes cities vibrant and successful? Top of...

Ryan Falconer

Ryan Falconer

09 October 2013 / 16 Comment(s)

I believe that engineers and environment professionals can help create a low-carbon built environment where climate change mitigation is ‘locked-in’, and where buildings and infrastructure are inherently resilient to a range of potential...

Will McBain

Will McBain

09 October 2013 / 4 Comment(s)

Close up exterior shot of The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, a museum of modern and contemporary art, designed by architect Frank Gehry. Copyright Arup.

Who really designs buildings? Although both...

Elizabeth Farrelly

Elizabeth Farrelly

02 October 2013 / 7 Comment(s)

Photograph of the Arup Design Book in hardcover format. The book title '50 design questions answered, sits above silhouette of four dogs illustrating the question 'How big does a dog playground need to be?'

Why is design so important to us at Arup? Why do...

Tristram Carfrae

Tristram Carfrae

25 September 2013 / 14 Comment(s)

How would you like to save your organisation half a million dollars a year and increase its market share? Then I believe you need to take an integrated approach to corporate resilience. When corporations are designing their offices, factories or...

Andy Thompson

Andy Thompson

25 September 2013 / 1 Comment(s)

An artist's rendering of the Nippon Moon, a giant observation wheel planned for Japan. Image courtesy of UN Studio.

The ‘Nippon Moon’ is set to be the...

Brendon McNiven

Brendon McNiven

19 September 2013 / 1 Comment(s)

Communication antennas and mobile phone masts clutter a hillside overlooking a city. (iStock #5540809)

Could pursuing the rational, clinical urbanism of...

Julien Eaton

Julien Eaton

12 September 2013 / 2 Comment(s)

Arial view of the Eden Project complex in Cornwall. Credit Graham Gaunt.

I believe that, done responsibly, construction is...

Alistair Guthrie

Alistair Guthrie

05 September 2013 / 1 Comment(s)

Screengrab from 'Collaborative Community Map, a Google-maps driven tool developed by Arup to encourage greater community engagement on planning projects.

Engaging with stakeholders and the community is...

Marissa Powell

Marissa Powell

28 August 2013 / 4 Comment(s)

Oscar Wilde in his favourite coat. Black and white portrait. Image source Wikimedia Commons.

“If we can reach a stage where each man or...

Peter Murray

Peter Murray

15 August 2013 / 10 Comment(s)

Shows the construction phase of the Tamedia Building in Zurich, by Shigeru Ban architects, in which the wooden post and beam frame of the office building is clearly visible. Photo credit and copyright: Blumer Lehmann.

I don’t know about you, but I’d be...

Andrew Lawrence

Andrew Lawrence

08 August 2013 / 14 Comment(s)

Rapid urbanisation is a worldwide phenomenon, with uncontrolled urban sprawl being a major problem in many developing countries. In the UK where our planning system has encouraged the compact city model, concerns relate to the failure of new house...

Corinne Swain

Corinne Swain

01 August 2013 / 11 Comment(s)

A workman lays insulation in an attic.  Source: iStock ref 17805737

Recently I spent my weekends, mental energy and...

Joan Ko

Joan Ko

01 August 2013 / 9 Comment(s)

Smart materials and new technologies are the future of manufacturing. But the key to this evolution will be a new type of broker who understands these new technologies and can explain to potential investors the new business models that they...

Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper

29 July 2013 / 0 Comment(s)

Looking out across the London skyline from a naturally lit corridor in the Central St Giles Bloomsbury development. Credit: © Hufton+Crow/L&G

Embracing daylight is critical to sustainable...

Florence Lam

Florence Lam

10 July 2013 / 8 Comment(s)

On 4 July, Arup hosted UK Government Ministers, Vince Cable and Jo Swinson in our London office for the country’s first Employee Ownership Day. The initiative is aimed at raising awareness of the benefits of this type of management structure,...

Philip Dilley

Philip Dilley

04 July 2013 / 1 Comment(s)

There is much to agree with in the Institution of Civil Engineers’ State of the Nation report on UK transport, published a week or two ago. I would argue that the key challenge for the UK is reforming the machinery of government to unlock...

Alexander Jan

Alexander Jan

04 July 2013 / 0 Comment(s)

A digital display screen mounted on the outside of the CIC Zero Carbon Building in Hong Kong, shows energy generated and consumed by the building as well as the building's carbon footprint. Credit and copyright Arup.

When it comes to cutting carbon, current...

Chris Twinn

Chris Twinn

02 July 2013 / 11 Comment(s)

'Boxpark' - a temporary shopping area in London's Shoreditch constructed from shipping containers, or 'boxes'.

‘Meanwhile use’ is a catch-all title...

Nick Finney

Nick Finney

26 June 2013 / 8 Comment(s)

Developing underground is an increasingly attractive and economically viable option for crowded cities. In high-density urban areas, pressure for space is sparking interest in building downwards as well as upwards. Cities including Hong Kong,...

Mark Wallace

Mark Wallace

19 June 2013 / 7 Comment(s)

The interior of a modern data centre. Hard drives mounted in rows of racks. Source: Fotolia #41283463.

Putting data centres at the heart of Smart Cities...

Michael Beaven

Michael Beaven

12 June 2013 / 6 Comment(s)

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