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Hurricane Sandy newspaper headline collage

I think organisations need to plan and prepare...

Maria Sunyer Pinya

Maria Sunyer Pinya

16 March 2017 / 0 Comment(s)

Image of cars - nose to tail

Journalists like to claim that we’ve...

Ryan Falconer

Ryan Falconer

09 February 2017 / 5 Comment(s)

Young girl shows an elderly lady how to operate a laptop. CC photo by Michael Mandiberg.

‘Designing cities for all’ is easy to...

Samuel Williams

Samuel Williams

26 January 2017 / 16 Comment(s)

Refugee camp in Greece

Migration is a natural human phenomenon, but not...

Serena Girani

Serena Girani

19 January 2017 / 8 Comment(s)

Sage Gateshead, a concert venue (arena) and centre for musical education.

In my view, while infrastructure and services are...

Matthew Atwood

Matthew Atwood

12 January 2017 / 4 Comment(s)

Tram on Santos Valongo waterfront

Is the Sustainable Urban Development model still...

Ghaith Tibi

Ghaith Tibi

22 December 2016 / 3 Comment(s)

Affordable housing on a brownfield site.

A long-term lack of house building, and a...

Duncan Laird

Duncan Laird

10 November 2016 / 5 Comment(s)

Mixed use street scene: walkers, cyclist and car

Roads largely define the shape and operation of...

Maram Balash

Maram Balash

03 November 2016 / 12 Comment(s)

Are our developments really improving health?

To address the pressures of growing and ageing...

Hannah Wright

Hannah Wright

29 September 2016 / 8 Comment(s)

Two wheels better: enabling city cyclists

In an ever urbanising world, the social benefits...

Brendan Cuddihy

Brendan Cuddihy

01 September 2016 / 13 Comment(s)

Daylight, urban density and the role of regulation

For many centuries, humans have designed...

Paula Longato

Paula Longato

15 August 2016 / 3 Comment(s)

Ove Arup and the legacy of Total Design. Penguin Pool, London Zoo. Credit: Peter MacKinven

When Ove Arup first formed the firm Arup,...

Tristram Carfrae

Tristram Carfrae

20 June 2016 / 2 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)

A fiscal measure for flooding?

Flood mapping around the world uses the concept...

Paul Davies

Paul Davies

13 June 2016 / 6 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)

Imaginary poster for use in China marketing Great Northern England as a visitor destination. Arup visualisation

I believe the UK’s Northern Powerhouse is...

Corinne Swain

Corinne Swain

04 April 2016 / 5 Comment(s)

Stations design for new mobility

There’s plenty of excitement building about...

Ryan Falconer

Ryan Falconer

07 March 2016 / 6 Comment(s)

Human interaction in city design

Cities are our future. Urban populations are...

Hrvoje Cindric

Hrvoje Cindric

03 March 2016 / 6 Comment(s)

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Credit: Thomas Graham

Across the world, governments and sports fans...

Matt Lally

Matt Lally

08 February 2016 / 6 Comment(s)

Participants in the London Plan charette

I’m convinced that cities need to think...

Chloe Salisbury

Chloe Salisbury

28 January 2016 / 1 Comment(s)

Vegetation growing wild around man-made structures

It’s time to reconsider all our assumptions...

Wilfred Lau

Wilfred Lau

25 January 2016 / 8 Comment(s)

Always open sign

As a French business continuity professional who...

Elodie Huet

Elodie Huet

11 January 2016 / 1 Comment(s)

City park

In the face of increasingly constrained public...

Hannah Wright

Hannah Wright

07 January 2016 / 11 Comment(s)

Hunters Point South. Credit: Charles Aydlett

It’s now accepted that green infrastructure...

Vincent Lee

Vincent Lee

10 December 2015 / 0 Comment(s)

PV panels in the Mojave Desert, California. Credit: Chris Brosz

Energy is the backbone of every civilisation,...

Justin Wimbush

Justin Wimbush

30 November 2015 / 4 Comment(s)

Cyclists in Copenhagen

I think active transport...

Brendan Cuddihy

Brendan Cuddihy

26 October 2015 / 9 Comment(s)

Fishlake Habitat Creation. Credit: Giles Rocholl Photography

Biodiversity offsetting is on the...

Neil Harwood

Neil Harwood

22 October 2015 / 3 Comment(s)

Giant water slide in Bristol. Credit: Paul Townsend

If you want to introduce changes like new...

Susan Claris

Susan Claris

08 October 2015 / 2 Comment(s)

High Speed 1 adjacent to the M2 motorway

I believe that when it comes to evaluating urban...

Richard Katz

Richard Katz

01 October 2015 / 4 Comment(s)

English village surrounded by green fields

I believe that green belt needs a fundamental...

Max Laverack

Max Laverack

10 September 2015 / 9 Comment(s)

Photo voltaic panels on BP Headquarters building, Cape Town, SA. Credit: Adrian Campbell

Smart grids could deliver a flexible, affordable,...

Maria Brucoli

Maria Brucoli

07 September 2015 / 43 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)

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)

Paradise Street Footbridge illuminated at night. Credit: David Heron

Turning off street lights at an arbitrary time...

Leni Schwendinger

Leni Schwendinger

09 March 2015 / 4 Comment(s)

Street crossing in Akihabara, Japan

Who are we designing our spaces and our cities...

Joana Mendo

Joana Mendo

02 March 2015 / 3 Comment(s)

Tram at Sheffield Station

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

Ellen Greenberg

Ellen Greenberg

26 February 2015 / 2 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)

London Heat Map graphic. Credit: Arup / UK Space Agency

Open data could help planners and designers...

Damien McCloud

Damien McCloud

15 December 2014 / 3 Comment(s)

Guangzhou Rail Station. Credit: Hufton+Crow

China is showing the rest of the world how to...

Michael Kwok

Michael Kwok

27 October 2014 / 1 Comment(s)

Wastewater treatment ponds. Credit: Philip Songa.

Cities worldwide are facing problems caused by...

Martin Shouler

Martin Shouler

20 October 2014 / 13 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)

Artist's impression of a future interchange

Data growth, flexible working, and changing...

Leszek Dobrovolsky

Leszek Dobrovolsky

22 September 2014 / 26 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)

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)

Opera de Arame.

I have always been somewhat sceptical when it...

Tiago Oliveira

Tiago Oliveira

30 June 2014 / 5 Comment(s)

Cardiff pedestrian crossing with no barriers.

It might not seem like an obvious place for a...

Susan Claris

Susan Claris

16 June 2014 / 7 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)

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)

London’s proposed Garden Bridge

I have a simple solution for cities with...

Susan Claris

Susan Claris

20 March 2014 / 35 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)

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)

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 / 12 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)

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)

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 / 9 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)

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)

If we’re to tackle the impacts of climate change, we must make water sensitive urban design (WSUD) a legal requirement. By combining a range of different measures, WSUD captures, stores, uses and slowly dissipates water – reducing...

David Evans

David Evans

12 March 2013 / 1 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)

Airports around the world are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels and temperatures, plus changes in precipitation, are all putting airport infrastructure and operations at risk. Airports need to address this urgently, and...

Debra Lam

Debra Lam

14 January 2013 / 0 Comment(s)

London Thames Barrier. Source Fotolia # 30649864.

Despite calls for massive investment in flood...

Vincent Lee

Vincent Lee

08 November 2012 / 2 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’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 / 3 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)

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)

Recession in the west has brought a temporary respite in the planning arena through reduced pressures on land and lower growth in both traffic levels and household formation. It has also brought new challenges in the form of neighbourhoods blighted...

Corinne Swain

Corinne Swain

13 January 2011 / 1 Comment(s)