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Image of cars - nose to tail

Journalists like to claim that we’ve...

Ryan Falconer

Ryan Falconer

09 February 2017 / 5 Comment(s)

Power station in operation

A common problem government regulators have to...

Sergey Rozhenko

Sergey Rozhenko

21 December 2016 / 2 Comment(s)

How can cities benefit from becoming digital platforms?

Faced with growing populations and the increasing...

Ben Cooper-Woolley

Ben Cooper-Woolley

18 July 2016 / 6 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)

Is a solar powered grid about to become a reality?

For decades solar power has held out the...

Bas Simpson

Bas Simpson

30 June 2016 / 15 Comment(s)

It’s time to treat shift workers responsibly

In our always-on, 24/7 world, shift working has...

Rebecca Milner

Rebecca Milner

23 June 2016 / 8 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)

We need to design for more than energy performance. Credit: Lachlan Outhred

Across the world, it’s often assumed that...

Aidan Parkinson

Aidan Parkinson

09 June 2016 / 2 Comment(s)

Basic income: the key to decentralisation. Credit: Generation Basic Income © Creative Commons

On June 5th the Swiss have the opportunity to...

Hrvoje Cindric

Hrvoje Cindric

02 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)

Smarter electricity in developing nations

I want to argue that next-generation smart...

Sergey Rozhenko

Sergey Rozhenko

25 April 2016 / 0 Comment(s)

Robots can boost efficiency

Writing here on Thoughts, my colleague Alvise...

Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards

18 April 2016 / 2 Comment(s)

Modelling the economy for low-carbon scenarios. Arup visual

Working within Arup University, I’ve been...

Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts

07 April 2016 / 4 Comment(s)

Water restriction sign on a dry lawn. © Creative Commons Credit: Kevin Cortopassi

You’ve probably heard about the energy...

Martin Shouler

Martin Shouler

24 August 2015 / 6 Comment(s)

M&S Newcastle store with green wall. Credit: David Charlton Photography

Would your retail property withstand a flood,...

Polly Turton

Polly Turton

10 August 2015 / 4 Comment(s)

Man walking in torrential rain. Credit: Antonio Rocha

Technological advances are driving massive...

Daniel Lambert

Daniel Lambert

30 July 2015 / 1 Comment(s)

White sand dunes

Through history, human intelligence has enabled...

Silole Menezes

Silole Menezes

13 July 2015 / 2 Comment(s)

Red mud waste pool from bauxite mining for aluminium. © CC Raboe/Wikipedia

A term coined by John Ruskin, illth is the...

Lewis Bowick

Lewis Bowick

20 May 2015 / 10 Comment(s)

Louvres on the the PeopleBuilding in Hemel Hempstead, UK. Credit: Chris Gascoigne

It seems the easiest way to achieve an optimum...

Jacob Knight

Jacob Knight

23 April 2015 / 12 Comment(s)

Velodrome cycle race

Lit correctly, major sporting events can look...

John Waite

John Waite

20 April 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)

Google Glass spectacles

Disabled people can benefit from the increasing...

Mei-Yee Man Oram

Mei-Yee Man Oram

12 February 2015 / 0 Comment(s)

Pedestrians strolling on a repurposed disused railway - the High Line in New York

Growing global demand for infrastructure, driven...

Neil Keogh

Neil Keogh

09 February 2015 / 2 Comment(s)

Mangrove estuary

Like all other species, we exploit our local...

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson

05 February 2015 / 3 Comment(s)

Designers working together. Credit: Julian Richards

The Big Room, also known as the Integrated Center...

Andrew Maher

Andrew Maher

05 January 2015 / 6 Comment(s)

Image of genetic algorithms.

Will we ever see computers take over from...

Peng Liu

Peng Liu

24 November 2014 / 0 Comment(s)

Cyclists on a city cycle route. Credit Thomas Graham

Active travel such as walking and cycling is...

Susan Claris

Susan Claris

21 November 2014 / 0 Comment(s)

Security concept image

Today, data belongs to whoever collects it, or to...

Irene Ng

Irene Ng

20 November 2014 / 1 Comment(s)

Home insulation retrofit

Do you have to choose between heating and eating?...

Chris Jofeh

Chris Jofeh

10 November 2014 / 2 Comment(s)

Maintenance hanger. Credit: Ken Newman

When it comes to planes, there should be no such...

Nadim Choudhary

Nadim Choudhary

23 October 2014 / 3 Comment(s)

Electric vehicle being refuelled

We need to start thinking about how electric...

Andrew Peterman

Andrew Peterman

09 October 2014 / 0 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)

Sankey diagram providing a high-level view of the significant relationships from inputs through to final demand

I think that the data behind gross domestic...

Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts

11 September 2014 / 3 Comment(s)

Earthquake damage in Sichuan Dujiangyan, China

As engineers we have a responsibility to use our...

Ziggy Lubkowski

Ziggy Lubkowski

28 August 2014 / 3 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)

Hong Kong Park, Hong Kong

If corporations want to compete successfully in...

Maria Montero

Maria Montero

04 August 2014 / 4 Comment(s)

Mosaic in the Metropol Parasol Plaza de la Encarnaci n de Sevilla

Dealing with freshly discovered archaeological...

Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes

28 July 2014 / 1 Comment(s)

Corals at Ocean Park, Hong Kong

I feel strongly that businesses should consider...

Rory Canavan

Rory Canavan

24 July 2014 / 6 Comment(s)

Molecules.

As scientists get closer to achieving nuclear...

Steve Cowley

Steve Cowley

19 June 2014 / 1 Comment(s)

Plane over a city.

Our insatiable thirst for air travel and air...

Neil Keogh

Neil Keogh

02 June 2014 / 10 Comment(s)

La Alhóndiga in Bilbao, a multi-purpose venue designed by Philippe Starck.

In Europe 80% of the population lives in cities....

Flavio Tejada

Flavio Tejada

19 May 2014 / 0 Comment(s)

Mountain Strolling Garden of Songdo Central Park, a green oasis in the midst of Korea’s first international city. Credit: Songdo Central Park

Cities must ensure that their investment in...

Pablo Lazo

Pablo Lazo

08 May 2014 / 5 Comment(s)

Wrigley Field.

In the end, all buildings are temporary. A poorly...

Shane Day

Shane Day

07 April 2014 / 9 Comment(s)

Colliding particles abstract.

Small modular reactors aren’t a new concept...

Simon Barber

Simon Barber

31 March 2014 / 10 Comment(s)

Sandbank.

Recent storms have focussed attention on coastal...

Jenny Adams

Jenny Adams

25 March 2014 / 7 Comment(s)

Open green space with people relaxing

The state of the nation’s health is rarely...

Tom Armour

Tom Armour

10 February 2014 / 7 Comment(s)

Chinese city air pollution

Smog is now a firm feature on the political map...

Michael Kwok

Michael Kwok

06 February 2014 / 14 Comment(s)

Industrial factory belching smoke

There’s not a nation on Earth where the...

Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt

30 January 2014 / 13 Comment(s)

Landfill site

One thing in the waste management industry is...

Allan Barton

Allan Barton

07 November 2013 / 12 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)

Since the global financial crisis in 2007, the UK’s political discourse has been greatly concerned about rebalancing the economy and moving away from a London-centric worldview with an economy overly weighted on financial services. Yet the...

Tim Chapman

Tim Chapman

23 May 2013 / 2 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)

A booming Asia creates opportunities to export Australia’s sustainability skills and knowledge. But first, we must show through independent assessment that we can build more sustainably in Australia. Key to this will be sustainability ratings...

Romily Madew

Romily Madew

24 January 2013 / 0 Comment(s)

The Birds Nest Stadium was the focal point of the Beijing Olympics. Credit Evangaline Lee Yuk Ching.

Cities battle fiercely for the right to host...

Andrew Wisdom

Andrew Wisdom

02 August 2012 / 0 Comment(s)

Cars and lorries on a Belfast motorway. Photo credit: Andrew Hazard Photography and Design.

During my time at Arup I've seen the...

Peter Head

Peter Head

19 July 2012 / 1 Comment(s)

View of a bridge in Songdo Central Park in South Korea. Credit and © HG Esch Fotografie.

Apparently, one out of five people choose to live...

Pablo Lazo

Pablo Lazo

12 July 2012 / 2 Comment(s)

Engineers for Overseas Development Cardiff (EFOD) were approached by the Care & Share Foundation to design & construct an orphanage for 85 orphans in the town of Soroti, Uganda. Arup Engineers volunteered as part of EFOD on this project.

I recently invited global culture expert and...

Steve Lennon

Steve Lennon

12 July 2012 / 0 Comment(s)

In response to Prof. Wood’s call for a paradigm change, I see such a change on the horizon. One that might actually change our economic framework as consumers start to become producers – and as 'money makes the world go around',...

Rachel Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong

05 July 2012 / 1 Comment(s)

The great intellectual property (IP) debate has been stoked up recently by discussion of issues such as ‘open source’ technology, and also here on Thoughts recently with the slice of anti-IP rhetoric that concluded Tristram...

Ian Rogers

Ian Rogers

28 June 2012 / 3 Comment(s)

How can we avert the impending environmental catastrophe? How can we stop the current avalanche of extinctions (including us), now that atmospheric CO2 levels have exceeded the much-feared ‘tipping point’ of 350ppm? Judging by the...

John Wood

John Wood

21 June 2012 / 45 Comment(s)

There is no doubt that this remains among the most difficult economic environments we have faced in decades. In the wake of the US housing and banking collapse and Eurozone volatility, the impact of the crisis still reverberates far and wide across...

Terry Hill

Terry Hill

14 June 2012 / 2 Comment(s)

The great advantage of plastics is their...

Graham Dodd

Graham Dodd

14 June 2012 / 3 Comment(s)

The European Parliament recently agreed to a...

Alexander Jan

Alexander Jan

14 June 2012 / 2 Comment(s)

It is twenty years since the first Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Later this month, the city will host the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. After the debacle of COP15 in Denmark, there seems to be a...

Rob Turk

Rob Turk

31 May 2012 / 2 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)

Two men playing a board game outside.

Could our children be equally happy, or even...

Hannes Kunz

Hannes Kunz

17 May 2012 / 13 Comment(s)

A naked lightbulb glows against a dark green background. Source iStock.

This article was co-authored by Markus Schmidt...

Markus Schmidt

Markus Schmidt

06 May 2012 / 1 Comment(s)

The past two years have brought highs and lows for infrastructure and property investors around the world. In Australia, I’ve watched several large, complex infrastructure projects go awry as a result of unforeseen technical and operational...

Steve Lennon

Steve Lennon

04 April 2012 / 3 Comment(s)

Chiswick Park, a phased development of 12 buildings, has created a thriving workplace that embraces a philosophy of "Enjoy Work" - putting people, rather than buildings, at the heart West London.

Look at the nature of a national economy and...

Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts

28 March 2012 / 4 Comment(s)

Staff read in Arup's Hong Kong Office 'Knowledge Centre'. Copyright Arup.

The financial storms battering the global economy...

Philip Dilley

Philip Dilley

16 February 2012 / 1 Comment(s)

The World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos in Switzerland is over for another year. The annual event took place against the sobering backdrop of the Euro-crisis and the continuing after-shocks from the global financial crisis. However, the mood...

Philip Dilley

Philip Dilley

14 February 2012 / 0 Comment(s)

Aerial view of Brisbane's award-winning Kurilpa Bridge illuminated at night. Copyright Department of Public Works.

As the end of 2011 rolls around, I’ve been...

Philip Dilley

Philip Dilley

21 December 2011 / 0 Comment(s)

Today (29 November 2011), the UK Chancellor made his Autumn Statement against a backdrop of tough economic forecasts for the country. The Office for Budget Responsibility is forecasting growth of just 0.7% in 2012, which comes on the back of a...

Robert Care

Robert Care

29 November 2011 / 0 Comment(s)

Sustainable city infographic. Copyright Arup.

As the current economic downturn looks set to...

Helen Jackson

Helen Jackson

22 November 2011 / 4 Comment(s)

Staff in Arup's Melbourne office review plans. Credit Larry Pitt. Copyright Arup/Larry Pitt

We are living in unforgiving, unpredictable times...

Steve Lennon

Steve Lennon

12 October 2011 / 2 Comment(s)