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Are our developments really improving health?

To address the pressures of growing and ageing...

Hannah Wright

Hannah Wright

29 September 2016 / 8 Comment(s)

Green building envelopes for lower city temperatures

The ongoing march to greater urbanisation...

Rudi Scheuermann

Rudi Scheuermann

15 September 2016 / 13 Comment(s)

Walking towards stronger communities

Social interaction between people is a...

Chiara Fraticelli

Chiara Fraticelli

08 September 2016 / 4 Comment(s)

How the digital world is shaping our cities

In the digital era, in order to thrive cities...

Ran Wang

Ran Wang

08 August 2016 / 5 Comment(s)

Urban climate change resilience is vital

In the last decade the understanding of the...

Jo da Silva

Jo da Silva

28 July 2016 / 3 Comment(s)

You’ve never had it so good

Smog, crime, cramped living… For much of...

Matthew Dillon

Matthew Dillon

11 July 2016 / 6 Comment(s)

The value of airports as economic regions

Airports have a lot of untapped economic...

Pablo Lazo

Pablo Lazo

16 June 2016 / 6 Comment(s)

Sharing economy

I believe we should start to consider the...

Matthew Dillon

Matthew Dillon

16 May 2016 / 2 Comment(s)

Human interaction in city design

Cities are our future. Urban populations are...

Hrvoje Cindric

Hrvoje Cindric

03 March 2016 / 6 Comment(s)

Metrocable cable cars, Medellin, Colombia

Across the world urban planners are adopting...

Christoforos Romanos

Christoforos Romanos

04 February 2016 / 3 Comment(s)

Heathrow Personal Rapid Transport vehicle. Credit: Ultra Global Ltd / Heathrow Airport Limited

On the morning of 18 November 2015,...

Ryan Falconer

Ryan Falconer

18 January 2016 / 11 Comment(s)

Senior citizens under a tree in Baden-Baden

The global population is ageing at an...

Stefano Recalcati

Stefano Recalcati

05 November 2015 / 5 Comment(s)

Ramsey Town Sewerage System in the UK

In the UK, when we talk about sustainable...

Paul Davies

Paul Davies

02 November 2015 / 17 Comment(s)

Stormwater outflow at Boao Canal Village, Hainan Province

I think drainage has always been looked upon as a...

Paul Davies

Paul Davies

21 September 2015 / 16 Comment(s)

Imagination Playground, New York. Credit: Sherazad Mehta

We need to take play seriously. We need to take...

Samuel Williams

Samuel Williams

31 August 2015 / 9 Comment(s)

Digital sign

What’s the secret to the success of...

Ben Cooper-Woolley

Ben Cooper-Woolley

06 August 2015 / 15 Comment(s)

Hunter's Point South waterfront park

How should cities respond to the threat of...

Tom Kennedy

Tom Kennedy

29 June 2015 / 1 Comment(s)

Children playing in the Napo River

Remote rural communities, which have long lived...

Laura Frost

Laura Frost

25 June 2015 / 2 Comment(s)

Congestion on Nairobi Bypass

There has been much speculation about the way in...

Kristin Olson

Kristin Olson

15 June 2015 / 23 Comment(s)

New York sky line overlooking Central Park

I don’t think it’s possible...

Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith

01 June 2015 / 5 Comment(s)

Boris Johnson and Sir Chris Hoy on bicycles

I’ve argued previously that walkable cities...

Susan Claris

Susan Claris

11 May 2015 / 23 Comment(s)

Municipal open space at Tempelhof Airfield in Berlin. Credit: Ryan Falconer

A lot of municipalities want to plan for more...

Ryan Falconer

Ryan Falconer

07 May 2015 / 14 Comment(s)

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Credit: Timothy Hursley

Having lived and worked in both Singapore and...

Russell Cole

Russell Cole

05 May 2015 / 2 Comment(s)

A stormwater system, Bay Meadows in San Francisco Bay Area. Credit: Jack Mong

More and more cities around the world are...

Vincent Lee

Vincent Lee

15 April 2015 / 0 Comment(s)

Graphic illustrating the state of Japan four years after the multi-hazards hit.

Natural and man-made disasters can strike...

Piet Lycke

Piet Lycke

30 March 2015 / 2 Comment(s)

Street in Barcelona

Investing in walkable public spaces should be a...

Demetrio Scopelliti

Demetrio Scopelliti

23 March 2015 / 9 Comment(s)

Tram at Sheffield Station

A bundle of physical, institutional, virtual and...

Ellen Greenberg

Ellen Greenberg

26 February 2015 / 2 Comment(s)

Café within King's Cross station with innovative use of lighting

Stations have increasingly become transitional,...

Nille Juul-Sorensen

Nille Juul-Sorensen

23 February 2015 / 1 Comment(s)

Satellite and Earth

I think that current advances in satellite...

Josef Hargrave

Josef Hargrave

02 February 2015 / 1 Comment(s)

Cityscape of London.

People need public spaces in bad times as well as...

Dima Zogheib

Dima Zogheib

12 January 2015 / 4 Comment(s)

Earthquake damage to a bridge in Kobe, Japan. Credit Damon Lee

Just because earthquakes are unlikely in areas of...

Tim Mote

Tim Mote

11 December 2014 / 1 Comment(s)

Dubai skyscrapers. Credit: Zsuzsanna Schreck

Current UN projections show that there will be 11...

Hrvoje Cindric

Hrvoje Cindric

06 October 2014 / 9 Comment(s)

Ticket barriers in Town Hall Station, Sydney. Credit Anthony Crescini

Imagine if you didn’t have to plan and book...

Volker Buscher

Volker Buscher

25 September 2014 / 5 Comment(s)

Green wall of Singapore School of the Arts. Credit Darren Soh

Private developers are being pushed to...

Ralph Wilson

Ralph Wilson

18 September 2014 / 2 Comment(s)

Cyclists and pedestrians on a London street. Credit: Thomas Graham

In London, streets make up 80% of public space....

Claire McConnell

Claire McConnell

15 September 2014 / 22 Comment(s)

Graffiti on run down estate garage

Whose job is it to prevent crime? The police? The...

Rachel Armitage

Rachel Armitage

08 September 2014 / 24 Comment(s)

Rail freight transport of the future. © Texas A&M Transportation Institute

As cities around the world restrict freight...

Darren Briggs

Darren Briggs

04 September 2014 / 17 Comment(s)

Flooded river in Vietnam

It’s good to talk, and I believe that small...

Simon Power

Simon Power

11 August 2014 / 0 Comment(s)

Opera de Arame.

I have always been somewhat sceptical when it...

Tiago Oliveira

Tiago Oliveira

30 June 2014 / 5 Comment(s)

Shoreditch cafe, London.

If planners are ever going to create stable,...

Jenny Adams

Jenny Adams

12 June 2014 / 9 Comment(s)

Plane over a city.

Our insatiable thirst for air travel and air...

Neil Keogh

Neil Keogh

02 June 2014 / 10 Comment(s)

Town planning abstract.

The massive scale and fast pace of masterplanning...

Anna Lan

Anna Lan

14 May 2014 / 1 Comment(s)

2014 has kicked off with a host of news stories reminding us about some of the big issues we wrestle with at Arup every day – risk, resilience and climate change. North America is in the deep freeze with ice storms and temperatures plunging...

Philip Dilley

Philip Dilley

15 January 2014 / 4 Comment(s)

Easter Island statues, representative of a collapsed civilisation

Perhaps the most sensitive, heart-breaking, yet...

Vincent Lee

Vincent Lee

08 January 2014 / 28 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)

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 / 10 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)

Segregated, tree-lined pedestrian and cycle lanes in Hong Kong. Credit Chris Choy. Copyright Arup/Chris Choy.

Too often transport planners are focussed on...

Susan Claris

Susan Claris

06 March 2013 / 7 Comment(s)

An empty car park. Source Fotolia.

The advent of automated vehicles offers us a...

Josef Hargrave

Josef Hargrave

14 February 2013 / 64 Comment(s)

Multi-way power socket with plugs

Is the answer to the energy demands of our...

James Johnston

James Johnston

07 February 2013 / 5 Comment(s)

Another year, another World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. As an attendee, the first thing you notice is just how busy it is. Economists, politicians, business leaders, journalists, trade groups and NGO specialists, all rushing between...

Philip Dilley

Philip Dilley

31 January 2013 / 0 Comment(s)

Les salines royales d'Arc et Senans - an example of an early planned community. (Credit Ortillebis | Source Flickr | Creative Commons)

Visiting a new settlement planned on utopian...

Corinne Swain

Corinne Swain

29 October 2012 / 12 Comment(s)

The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Source fotolia.

Six of the ten largest US cities are located in...

Vincent Lee

Vincent Lee

18 October 2012 / 4 Comment(s)

I believe we need to get away from an economic order based on ever-increasing consumption where individual wealth creation is seen as the most desirable or only goal. It is simply not sustainable, as Hannes Kunz pointed out in his Thoughts piece...

Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

08 October 2012 / 1 Comment(s)

A supermarket aisle of fresh vegetables. Source istock.

The recent droughts in the US and the protests by...

Jody Harris

Jody Harris

23 August 2012 / 4 Comment(s)

I’m based in Singapore currently and was in Hong Kong previously, and over the last 15 years I’ve seen first-hand how cities in this region are building successful urban metro systems. They’ve used their mass transit systems to...

Michael McGowan

Michael McGowan

16 August 2012 / 1 Comment(s)

Cyclists and a jogger in Brisbane's Powerhouse Park. Credit Brisbane City Council (Creative Commons / Flickr)

The planning of new places or renewal of areas...

Marissa Powell

Marissa Powell

08 August 2012 / 1 Comment(s)

Dubai metro train stands at a platform. Source: iStock.

When travelling on the Dubai Metro recently, I...

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett

25 July 2012 / 6 Comment(s)

Grain Silos at the Guinness Brewery against a blue sky. Credit and copyright Norton Associates.

Reflecting on the surprising, delightful breadth...

Tristram Carfrae

Tristram Carfrae

07 June 2012 / 4 Comment(s)

Fountains in Barcelona. Credit Rachel Armstrong.

It’s been an exhilarating month working...

Rachel Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong

31 May 2012 / 4 Comment(s)

A rank of London Cycle Scheme bikes in Whitechapel. Copyright Arup / Carmen Whitelock.

Do we need to own so many things? Does every...

Susan Claris

Susan Claris

24 May 2012 / 6 Comment(s)

Workers in London's Canary Wharf taking a break in Jubilee Park. Source: iStock

Nature and cities can live together successfully...

Ian Lanchbury

Ian Lanchbury

24 May 2012 / 25 Comment(s)

Innovation is critical to economic growth, progress, and the fate of the planet. Although innovation may seem to happen at random, planners and politicians could take advantage of patterns that emerge to encourage innovation and growth.  One...

Steve Jurvetson

Steve Jurvetson

17 May 2012 / 2 Comment(s)

I love it when people take ownership of the places they inhabit, co-evolving them with their native environment in the same way that nature creates all its niches. So in this short piece I want to share what I think will shape the future of places,...

Thomas Ugo Ermacora

Thomas Ugo Ermacora

17 May 2012 / 0 Comment(s)

Line drawing of a lungfish. Palaeontologists think that the swim bladder found in fish evolved from the lungs of lungfish. It provided a new niche for worms and bacteria that could evolve to live there. A new function came to exist in the biosphere that altered its future evolution. Source iStock.

In this post I’m going to present a new...

Stuart Kauffman

Stuart Kauffman

17 May 2012 / 2 Comment(s)

Traffic jam. Source: iStock

Little by little we are turning our lives over to...

Marc Goodman

Marc Goodman

10 May 2012 / 4 Comment(s)

For some early twentieth century commentators, the twenty-first century was going to be about electronic mediation of space. For others it was about speed and vectors of movement. But fundamentally people often believed that the same urban paradigms...

Neil Spiller

Neil Spiller

04 May 2012 / 3 Comment(s)

Bacterial built rocks, known as stromatolites, at Shark Bay in Australia. Source iStock.

Many of us are accustomed to observing our world...

Simon Park

Simon Park

03 May 2012 / 1 Comment(s)

Ancient Roman ruins. Source iStock.

I’m writing this from Belgrade – a...

Bruce Sterling

Bruce Sterling

03 May 2012 / 9 Comment(s)

Graphic showing a man leading a rooster - both the same height - 50cm.

Wouldn’t it be better if people were...

Arne Hendriks

Arne Hendriks

25 April 2012 / 13 Comment(s)

Graphic of cogs superimposed over a map of the world: "We imagine the world through machines. We problem-solve using the machine as our metaphor for understanding our environment and its resources." (Source: iStock)

If it were possible to make a time-lapse film of...

Rachel Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong

25 April 2012 / 10 Comment(s)

The launch of the US$25 Raspberry Pi – a credit-card sized computer built by a charity on open source principles – makes programming on pretty capable hardware widely accessible. Add to this the huge amount of data, such as maps,...

Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards

30 March 2012 / 2 Comment(s)

Video monitors showing the activities of people across a town.

As Google hits the headlines for changes to its...

Volker Buscher

Volker Buscher

08 March 2012 / 1 Comment(s)

The covered Zaragoza World Expo 2008 pavilion bridge, that spans the River Ebro, features a façade made up of GRC tiles mounted on a diagrid structure. Copyright FG SG Fotografia de Arquitectura.

A greener future’s not all about electric...

Ignacio Fernandez

Ignacio Fernandez

30 January 2012 / 5 Comment(s)

The world’s population is forecast to reach seven billion on 31 October 2011, according to the United Nations, which presents both a challenge and an opportunity for us all. With more than half of these people living in urban areas, new ways...

Susan Claris

Susan Claris

23 June 2011 / 4 Comment(s)