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Blockchain graphic. Image: by Davidstankiewicz CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The construction industry is ripe for disruption,...

Matthias Geipel

Matthias Geipel

03 April 2017 / 15 Comment(s)

Beijing bicycle rental

Since I wrote about Beijing’s pollution...

Chas Pope

Chas Pope

09 March 2017 / 2 Comment(s)

Chart showing Energy and Climate Change related Google search results in Dec 2016

Climate Change has received the biggest internet...

Szilvia Doczi

Szilvia Doczi

14 December 2016 / 5 Comment(s)

Sewage treatment plant on the Isle of Man

Worldwide, there is a growing understanding of...

Martin Shouler

Martin Shouler

17 November 2016 / 7 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)

Refining design through virtual vibrations

Vibration has a fundamental impact on how a...

Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson

01 August 2016 / 7 Comment(s)

How should we design for a networked world? Credit: DaeWha Kang

We are entering an era where digital information...

DaeWha Kang

DaeWha Kang

04 July 2016 / 6 Comment(s)

Changing face of meetings. © WeWork

I believe that the goal for any building project...

Graham Naylor-Smith

Graham Naylor-Smith

12 May 2016 / 4 Comment(s)

Rail resilience and beating the malware threat

Major cyber-security stories have become a...

Nadim Choudhary

Nadim Choudhary

09 May 2016 / 0 Comment(s)

Digital passengers: the revolution will be incremental

For some years digital technology has promised...

Justin Powell

Justin Powell

28 April 2016 / 1 Comment(s)

Robots can boost efficiency

Writing here on Thoughts, my colleague Alvise...

Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards

18 April 2016 / 2 Comment(s)

Building designed for the future

Cities across the globe are facing increasing...

Martin Shouler

Martin Shouler

21 March 2016 / 1 Comment(s)

Rules of the automated road

On the 10 February 2016 the US National Highway...

Anna Vickers

Anna Vickers

17 March 2016 / 10 Comment(s)

Construction site with crane

Waiting for a Sunday train recently, I observed...

Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart

12 October 2015 / 3 Comment(s)

Share data image

In this increasingly digital age, I think the...

Tim Gammons

Tim Gammons

05 October 2015 / 2 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 / 37 Comment(s)

Digital sign

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

Ben Cooper-Woolley

Ben Cooper-Woolley

06 August 2015 / 16 Comment(s)

Screen shot of Collaborative Maps

I think good design is democratic. With...

Josef Hargrave

Josef Hargrave

03 August 2015 / 5 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)

3D-printed structural element. Credit: David de Jong

Since time began, humans have been inventing new...

Salomé Galjaard

Salomé Galjaard

09 July 2015 / 8 Comment(s)

Check-in at SkyPlaza Terminal 2, HKIA. Credit: Chek Lap Kok

If they are going to meet the needs of...

Alan Newbold

Alan Newbold

11 June 2015 / 2 Comment(s)

House with solar panels on the roof

If you’ve seen the video of Elon Musk's...

Ian Rogers

Ian Rogers

18 May 2015 / 3 Comment(s)

Hy-Fi - a circular tower of organic bricks. Credit © Arup

We are on the cusp of a third...

Richard Boyd

Richard Boyd

30 April 2015 / 23 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)

Dulles International Airport wayfinding signage

What if you could carry out a post-occupancy...

Alvise Simondetti

Alvise Simondetti

26 March 2015 / 4 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)

Tram at Sheffield Station

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

Ellen Greenberg

Ellen Greenberg

26 February 2015 / 2 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)

Satellite and Earth

I think that current advances in satellite...

Josef Hargrave

Josef Hargrave

02 February 2015 / 1 Comment(s)

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are being touted as the...

Ryan Falconer

Ryan Falconer

08 December 2014 / 15 Comment(s)

Aerial photo of spahetti traffic system in Wanchai, Hong Kong. Credit: Marcel Lam

By 2020, I think you’ll be able to go out...

John Eddy

John Eddy

01 December 2014 / 4 Comment(s)

Gaming monitor

Computer games are no longer just about play...

Gaurav Nema

Gaurav Nema

27 November 2014 / 5 Comment(s)

Image of genetic algorithms.

Will we ever see computers take over from...

Peng Liu

Peng Liu

24 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)

University of Aberdeen - New Library. Credit: Adam Mørk

Are you an engineer or a designer? Would you be...

Erin Morrow

Erin Morrow

17 November 2014 / 4 Comment(s)

Flats in residential buildings in central London. Credit: © Hufton+Crow/L&G

I work in an office where the windows cannot be...

Michael Stych

Michael Stych

06 November 2014 / 9 Comment(s)

Robot constructing a wall. Credit: image © gramazio & kohler, ETH

In the past, robots were used for specialist jobs...

Alvise Simondetti

Alvise Simondetti

03 November 2014 / 3 Comment(s)

Z15 tower in Beijing. Credit: Kohn Pederson Fox Associates

Parametric design lets you specify the key...

Dorothee Citerne

Dorothee Citerne

30 October 2014 / 3 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)

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)

Nanotube image

When you think about the construction industry,...

Mark Bowers

Mark Bowers

21 August 2014 / 4 Comment(s)

Hazard Owl world map of natural disasters

An essential part of resilience in the face of...

Tim Mote

Tim Mote

21 July 2014 / 1 Comment(s)

Galleria West Shopping Centre at night, Seoul

As a lighting designer I firmly believe that,...

Siegrid Siderius

Siegrid Siderius

17 July 2014 / 8 Comment(s)

Thinking robot

Does your work involve making strategic choices?...

Giulio Antonutto

Giulio Antonutto

10 July 2014 / 2 Comment(s)

Rocket and Earth

Space elevators are a permanent infrastructure...

Peter Debney

Peter Debney

07 July 2014 / 11 Comment(s)

Pylon with power lines

If governments want us all to use energy more...

Richard Hatton

Richard Hatton

05 June 2014 / 3 Comment(s)

Rail signals.

People are travelling more than ever before...

Tony Vidago

Tony Vidago

22 May 2014 / 6 Comment(s)

Town planning abstract.

The massive scale and fast pace of masterplanning...

Anna Lan

Anna Lan

14 May 2014 / 1 Comment(s)

Doughnuts.

Surely it’s high time we gave our buildings...

Graham Dodd

Graham Dodd

06 March 2014 / 5 Comment(s)

maths formula on a blackboard

To create a diverse engineering profession, the...

Richard Haryott

Richard Haryott

25 February 2014 / 10 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)

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)

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 / 5 Comment(s)

'Free 3D printing' sign printed on the 3D printer installed in Arup's London office.

3D printing can make us better designers and...

Alvise Simondetti

Alvise Simondetti

27 February 2013 / 7 Comment(s)

You might be surprised to hear it, but I think that the ‘march of the makers’ that UK Chancellor, George Osborne, called for last year is actually happening. Despite appearances, I believe the UK manufacturing industry is successfully...

Helen Jackson

Helen Jackson

21 November 2012 / 5 Comment(s)

Engineers have a responsibility to work with companies developing solutions that will enable renewable energy percentages to rise beyond current limits.

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, concerns...

Rick Maddox

Rick Maddox

31 August 2012 / 0 Comment(s)

Passengers inside the Sky Plaza terminal at Hong Kong International Airport. Credit Marcel Lam Photography.

In the competitive world of global aviation,...

Ronan Delaney

Ronan Delaney

16 August 2012 / 2 Comment(s)

High-speed data and mobile communications technology is allowing us to think differently about how we plan and develop urban spaces, making cities a platform for plug and play applications. Australia is currently rolling out a national broadband...

Michelle Tabet

Michelle Tabet

02 August 2012 / 5 Comment(s)

Model of a DNA strand. Source: iStock.

So, the Higgs Boson has been found. Cue debate on...

Peter Young

Peter Young

19 July 2012 / 7 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)

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)

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)

Designers and engineers dream of creating highly responsive building façades that mimic nature and change in response to their environment. Like flowers, they would open and close in relation to the light. This is a new field of research but...

Jan Wurm

Jan Wurm

15 May 2012 / 5 Comment(s)

Algae as a biofuel. Source iStock.

Around the world, algae are being cultivated...

Ricky Tsui

Ricky Tsui

10 May 2012 / 6 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)

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)

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)

In India, people built bridges from living tree roots – letting the plant do the difficult job of crossing the river. Credit

Although many people have tried to improve our...

Koert van Mensvoort

Koert van Mensvoort

25 April 2012 / 2 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)

Photovoltaic panels on the roof of BP Headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa. Credit Adrian Campbell. Copyright Arup.

The recent news that Kodak has filed for...

Andrew Lerpiniere

Andrew Lerpiniere

09 February 2012 / 4 Comment(s)

JetBlue at JFK airport, New York. Credit Nic Lehoux/Gensler

Queues, queues, queues. Whether shopping or...

Ronan O'Shea

Ronan O'Shea

16 February 2011 / 4 Comment(s)

Today’s internet is intrinsically human focussed. For decades it has been used as a vehicle for allowing humans to share and consume information. But a shift has been occurring over the past decade. You may be reading this "directly" on the...

Duncan Wilson

Duncan Wilson

12 January 2011 / 2 Comment(s)