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San Francisco.

If San Francisco were to experience a repeat of...

Ibrahim Almufti

Ibrahim Almufti

15 April 2014 / 0 Comment(s)

Wrigley Field.

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

Shane Day

Shane Day

07 April 2014 / 9 Comment(s)

electricity meter.

Have you ever considered that the route to a...

Roy James

Roy James

03 April 2014 / 7 Comment(s)

Colliding particles abstract.

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

Simon Barber

Simon Barber

31 March 2014 / 9 Comment(s)

Spell of the vertebra

Whole life-cycle carbon assessment must become...

Andrea Charlson

Andrea Charlson

27 March 2014 / 6 Comment(s)

Sandbank.

Recent storms have focussed attention on coastal...

Jenny Adams

Jenny Adams

25 March 2014 / 7 Comment(s)

London’s proposed Garden Bridge

I have a simple solution for cities with...

Susan Claris

Susan Claris

20 March 2014 / 17 Comment(s)

Image of a sub station.

Energy storage is vital for maximising the...

Steve Saunders

Steve Saunders

13 March 2014 / 13 Comment(s)

Ove Arup

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

Richard Boyd

Richard Boyd

10 March 2014 / 14 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 / 8 Comment(s)

graphic of solution

Gravity offers a simple and cheap way to...

Jonathan Ward

Jonathan Ward

21 February 2014 / 12 Comment(s)

Old oscilloscope screen

Design briefs hardly ever include a description...

Tateo Nakajima

Tateo Nakajima

13 February 2014 / 1 Comment(s)

green space with health benefits from one of the projects mentioned if possible

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

Tom Armour

Tom Armour

10 February 2014 / 8 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 / 12 Comment(s)

Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.

Why isn’t geothermal energy used more...

Michael Chendorain

Michael Chendorain

23 January 2014 / 4 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)

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 / 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 / 6 Comment(s)

musicians playing

I think design is at its best when people can...

Anne Guthrie

Anne Guthrie

06 December 2013 / 2 Comment(s)

HaloIPT vehicle

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

Ian Rogers

Ian Rogers

27 November 2013 / 1 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 / 15 Comment(s)

Landfill site

One thing in the waste management industry is...

Allan Barton

Allan Barton

07 November 2013 / 11 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 / 17 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 / 9 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 / 14 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 / 5 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 / 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)

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 / 21 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)

Infrastructure is a critical element to the development and competitiveness of nations across the globe. Yet there is often a gulf between those who plan their infrastructure on the basis of a strategic vision and those who look only at the narrower...

Christopher Tunnell

Christopher Tunnell

12 June 2013 / 8 Comment(s)

Exterior view of the Centre Pompidou in Paris in which the exposed building services that give the building its iconic ‘inside out’ form are clearly visible. Copyright Arup.

Technology may have moved on since the 1970s, but...

Andy Sedgwick

Andy Sedgwick

06 June 2013 / 12 Comment(s)

Local tradesmen constructing a stone home, Pakistani Administered Kashmir, early 2006 .Credit Kubilây Hiçyilmaz. Copyright Arup.

Making better use of stone for building could be...

Kubilây Hiçyilmaz

Kubilây Hiçyilmaz

29 May 2013 / 14 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)

In these times of unprecedented societal and technological change, markets are evolving in radical and unexpected ways. Business leaders of today need a new suite of tactics. And that got me thinking about the tactics of the...

Steve Lennon

Steve Lennon

16 May 2013 / 4 Comment(s)

Sport is competition and competition, for me, should be about sport. In business though I believe there is a better way. It’s called collaboration. I certainly feel that thrill when positioning for a project; getting on the bid list,...

Andrew Pettifer

Andrew Pettifer

16 May 2013 / 1 Comment(s)

A crane lowers a prefabricated wall into place as part of a prefabricated home assembly. Source istock #7289024.

I first encountered Ove Arup in 1964 when I was...

Peter Lennard

Peter Lennard

01 May 2013 / 9 Comment(s)

Three bowls of porridge labelled 'Too hot', 'Too cold', 'Just right'. Source Fotolia ref 11154121.

How do you decide on the perfect energy source to...

Alan Thomson

Alan Thomson

24 April 2013 / 8 Comment(s)

Damage to Christchurch Cathedral in Christchurch CBD following the earthquake on 22 February 2011. Image credit NZ Defence Force. Creative Commons via Flickr.

Base isolation is seismic...

Kubilây Hiçyilmaz

Kubilây Hiçyilmaz

16 April 2013 / 19 Comment(s)

Close-up view of the Lloyds of London building. Credit Harry Sowdon. Copyright Arup.

Imagine if buildings were electronically tagged...

Mark Bowers

Mark Bowers

10 April 2013 / 14 Comment(s)

Large natural disasters severely damage power infrastructure and hundreds of minor storms regularly disrupt power networks around the world. As we face a future made less certain by the effects of climate change, I believe microgrids can help us...

Russell Carr

Russell Carr

20 March 2013 / 3 Comment(s)

Tim Jarvis and crew on board the replica lifeboat, the Alexandra Shackleton, approach pack ice in the Southern Ocean after leaving Elephant Island. Credit Jo Stewart / Shackleton Epic

It’s amazing what you need to do to keep...

Tim Jarvis

Tim Jarvis

13 March 2013 / 3 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)

'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)

Inside a classroom of the sustainable kindergarten in Dwabor, Ghana.

School buildings play an important role in...

Hayley Gryc

Hayley Gryc

21 February 2013 / 6 Comment(s)

An empty car park. Source Fotolia.

The advent of automated vehicles offers us a...

Josef Hargrave

Josef Hargrave

14 February 2013 / 0 Comment(s)

One of the most popular questions that healthcare facilities professionals are often asked is “what will the hospital of the future look like?” Historically it has been about finding a fit between population and bed distribution and the...

Phil Nedin

Phil Nedin

07 February 2013 / 3 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)

Some people say that the UK can’t afford to be the first country to develop a low-carbon economy. I say that we can’t afford not to be. We must do what’s right and take the brave decision to lead the way. Much like the Shackleton...

Chris Jofeh

Chris Jofeh

01 February 2013 / 3 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)

Queensland's Wivenhoe dam with floodgates open. Source: Fotolia. Copyright: daphot75

If infrastructure is to be truly sustainable, we...

David Singleton

David Singleton

24 January 2013 / 3 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)

It's time more chief executive officers owned up to the need for, and embraced, point-to-point navigation to steer their businesses. This means going forward in logical, small steps – and turning back to look for another direction if it...

Steve Lennon

Steve Lennon

17 January 2013 / 0 Comment(s)

Statue of Sir Winston Churchill.

Although leadership is taught at more...

Tim Jarvis

Tim Jarvis

17 January 2013 / 4 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)

Tim Jarvis sitting on a sledge in Antarctica.

In 1984 I picked up a book that changed my life....

Margot Morrell

Margot Morrell

10 January 2013 / 0 Comment(s)

Burned brush on a hillside, after a wildfire destroyed all the vegetation.

The recent devastating bushfires in Tasmania show...

Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

10 January 2013 / 5 Comment(s)

Black and white photo of Lennart Grut, Ted Happold and Peter Rice.

‘What is the role of an engineer?’ I...

Ben Richardson

Ben Richardson

20 December 2012 / 8 Comment(s)

The bridge building team standing on the finished bridge.

Sam Goldwyn once said, “Never make...

Philip Dilley

Philip Dilley

20 December 2012 / 0 Comment(s)

The UK’s brave ambitions to complete its 80% reduction in total carbon dioxide emissions over the next 38 years will have major implications for the UK’s infrastructure networks. One of the main ways to reduce carbon emissions will be...

Tim Chapman

Tim Chapman

13 December 2012 / 1 Comment(s)

Computers can do a lot of things, but they can’t replace imagination and intuition. For modernist framed buildings – with structural concepts derived from that of Le Corbusier’s Domino House – computers are essential to...

Martin Manning

Martin Manning

06 December 2012 / 13 Comment(s)

To ensure successful futures, manufacturing businesses must balance product sustainability with business sustainability. As well as considering environmental, social and economic dimensions, they must also consider competitiveness, profitability and...

Conal Brown

Conal Brown

29 November 2012 / 3 Comment(s)

It’s time to stop talking about sustainability. Sustainability as a word has come to embody everything from reducing carbon emissions to increasing profit. It is a word that has become amorphous and increasingly meaningless through overuse...

Gemma Playford

Gemma Playford

29 November 2012 / 19 Comment(s)

At a recent conference, one participant described knowledge management as ‘the conscience of the organisation’ and that ‘effective knowledge management depends on a sense and a synergy of moral obligation by employer and...

Andrew Trickett

Andrew Trickett

21 November 2012 / 4 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)

By taking advantage of increased efficiencies, developing on a precinct or neighbourhood scale creates smarter and more liveable communities than thinking on a building-by-building level. Realising the benefits of this approach requires a...

Joan Ko

Joan Ko

21 November 2012 / 16 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)

Black and white photograph taken in 1916 showing six men launching a small, boat into the ocean off an icy headland. [Credit: Probably by Frank Hurley, the expedition's photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]

In January 2013, I’ll be part of the...

Steve Lennon

Steve Lennon

31 October 2012 / 1 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)

How well optimised do you think the structure of the building you are sitting in is? By that I mean, how close to its limit is the material holding up the building? How much of that material is redundant? I think the answer to the last question...

Richard Boyd

Richard Boyd

24 October 2012 / 4 Comment(s)

The earthquake in L’Aquila in Italy that claimed the lives of 309 people and devastated the city was a terrible tragedy. But by sentencing Italian earthquake experts to six years for manslaughter, the Italian judicial system is compounding a...

Ziggy Lubkowski

Ziggy Lubkowski

23 October 2012 / 37 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 / 6 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)

3D illustration / model of the carbon molecules in a sheet of graphene. Source Fotolia. © nobeastsofierce.

New materials and their associated applications...

Joe Sumners

Joe Sumners

04 October 2012 / 4 Comment(s)

Baggage hall at Jet Blue, Terminal 5, JFK Airport, New York. Credit Nic Lehoux Gensler

When major developments open their doors without...

Darren Briggs

Darren Briggs

21 September 2012 / 4 Comment(s)

Breaking down the silo mentality ensures that projects embody and represent the full expertise of all those engaged in its design and delivery. The Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) Masters Programme at the University...

Sebastian MacMillan

Sebastian MacMillan

13 September 2012 / 1 Comment(s)

Close up view of two cyclists competing in a race. Source: iStock.

Having never watched professional cycling before...

Faith Wainwright

Faith Wainwright

12 September 2012 / 7 Comment(s)

Close up of a statue of Brunel.

Why has the engineer fallen from grace? That was...

Tristram Carfrae

Tristram Carfrae

06 September 2012 / 31 Comment(s)

As a Paralympian, having the best possible facilities in the Paralympic Village is critical for my preparation and competition performance. I fully expect London will deliver the facilities I need.  During the crucial times leading up to a...

Richard Colman

Richard Colman

03 September 2012 / 0 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)

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)

Extract from a visualisation of noise levels associated with a major motorway junction. Credit and copyright Arup.

Do you digest data more effectively if it’s...

Ben Cooper-Woolley

Ben Cooper-Woolley

23 August 2012 / 6 Comment(s)

Money on a domestic heating radiator, signifying the cost of heating. Sourced from iStock.

In the UK, fuel poverty in the social housing...

Steve Pimlott

Steve Pimlott

16 August 2012 / 9 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)

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)

Railway lines. Credit Giles Rocholl Photography.

With the frequency of 'once in a century' weather...

Vincent Lee

Vincent Lee

08 August 2012 / 1 Comment(s)

Three sprinters take their places at the starting blocks. Credit Chris Dite. Copyright Arup.

London’s winning bid for the Olympic Games...

Tim Williams

Tim Williams

02 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)

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)

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)

Parkfied Quarry near Rugby in the UK.

After writing recently about the value of nature...

Ian Lanchbury

Ian Lanchbury

19 July 2012 / 1 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)

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)

How can we, as engineers and designers, help hit the target of reducing greenhouse gas emission levels by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050? In its Infrastructure Trajectory, the Institution of Civil Engineers concludes that whole-life carbon assessment...

Nick O'Riordan

Nick O'Riordan

12 July 2012 / 3 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 / 1 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)

Jumper cables attached to a car battery. Against a white background. Source iStock.

While writing a report for a client, I recently...

Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper

05 July 2012 / 3 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)

A view of the Sydney Greenhouse by Joost - diners viewed through windows surrounded by 'living wall's of potted plants.

For those of you who haven’t heard, the...

Joost Bakker

Joost Bakker

28 June 2012 / 3 Comment(s)

For large organisations, project prioritisation can be plagued by pet projects, emotional bargaining and unsubstantiated yet enticing claims of potential benefits. My advice would be to turn your thinking upside down and assess every project or...

Steve Lennon

Steve Lennon

21 June 2012 / 2 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 / 44 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 / 2 Comment(s)

The European Parliament recently agreed to a...

Alexander Jan

Alexander Jan

14 June 2012 / 2 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 / 3 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)

Fountains in Barcelona. Credit Rachel Armstrong.

It’s been an exhilarating month working...

Rachel Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong

31 May 2012 / 4 Comment(s)

Opening ceremony for a dedicated health facility for the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH). Copyright Arup.

Improving the health of disadvantaged communities...

Katie Wood

Katie Wood

31 May 2012 / 1 Comment(s)

I think businesses that want to prosper in the long term need to take a soul-searching look at what it means to operate in a sustainable way. The truth might hurt, but the rewards are worth it. Today, most shareholders, communities, governments and...

Steve Lennon

Steve Lennon

24 May 2012 / 5 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 / 7 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 / 3 Comment(s)

A view of the diagrid structure supporting the new concourse roof at London's Kings Cross station. Photo by Thomas Graham.

In a year when the eyes of the world will be...

Sir John Sorrell OBE

Sir John Sorrell OBE

21 May 2012 / 0 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 / 1 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 / 1 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)

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 / 3 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 / 3 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 / 2 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 / 2 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 / 0 Comment(s)

Ancient Roman ruins. Source iStock.

I’m writing this from Belgrade – a...

Bruce Sterling

Bruce Sterling

03 May 2012 / 8 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 / 4 Comment(s)

Pine saplings in an area of reforestation. (Source iStock).

Using the efficiency of the natural world to...

Peter Head

Peter Head

25 April 2012 / 7 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 / 8 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)

Munich's Allianz Arena at night. Programmable lighting enables the exterior can be changed to reflect the colours of the team using the venue. Credit Ulrich Rossman.

The UK has a goal of attracting 80 international...

Nick Merridew

Nick Merridew

20 April 2012 / 3 Comment(s)

Singapore School of the Arts (SOTA) which features a living facade. Credit Paul McMullin.

Our world is changing; it always has and it...

Chris Luebkeman

Chris Luebkeman

19 April 2012 / 3 Comment(s)

Be-suited man rides an old-fashioned bicycle across London Bridge.

How do we decide what we like and what we choose?...

Susan Claris

Susan Claris

19 April 2012 / 2 Comment(s)

A close up of an aerosol can

Cooling is becoming an increasingly hot topic. As...

Michael Trousdell

Michael Trousdell

12 April 2012 / 0 Comment(s)

Graphic showing the word value

In Australia, as elsewhere, public-private...

Katie Wood

Katie Wood

12 April 2012 / 2 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)

Large trees line Kingsway, a busy road in central London. Copyright Arup.

Planting large species trees in urban...

Tom Armour

Tom Armour

03 April 2012 / 14 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)

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)

Lego blocks to illustrate "[Agile city design] means thinking more Legoland than Disneyland.

If we are to make cities work for people in the...

Steve Lennon

Steve Lennon

23 March 2012 / 2 Comment(s)

An electric vehicle 'fills up' at a charging post.

When it comes to predicting the rate of electric...

Peter Young

Peter Young

15 March 2012 / 3 Comment(s)

There has been already been a lot of excitement (and heated debate) about the contribution biomass can make to our energy needs. The fact is that although biomass is renewable, it’s not unlimited. There simply will never be enough to meet all...

Michael Trousdell

Michael Trousdell

15 March 2012 / 4 Comment(s)

What is the right scale for designing our future...

Michael Trousdell

Michael Trousdell

09 March 2012 / 0 Comment(s)

Graphic of the globe and a tap

We all need water to survive. But if we’re...

Martin Shouler

Martin Shouler

08 March 2012 / 0 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)

Medical staff examining x-rays

With debate raging in the UK about legislation to...

Phil Nedin

Phil Nedin

29 February 2012 / 1 Comment(s)

A busy street in India

Back in January, I was on a panel for an...

Chris Luebkeman

Chris Luebkeman

23 February 2012 / 7 Comment(s)

notes displaying company values

In this tough economic environment, there is much...

Steve Lennon

Steve Lennon

23 February 2012 / 1 Comment(s)

Repairs being undertaken to buildings in Christchurch

Following the disastrous earthquakes that have...

Andrew Wisdom

Andrew Wisdom

17 February 2012 / 5 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)

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 / 2 Comment(s)

Beijing National Aquatics Centre (The Water Cube) © Chris Dite/ArupSport

Design lies at the heart of what Arup...

James Kenny

James Kenny

02 February 2012 / 7 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 / 3 Comment(s)

A view of the Seville skyline from atop the Metropol Parasol.

The spectacular Metropol Parasol in...

Jan-Peter Koppitz

Jan-Peter Koppitz

26 January 2012 / 0 Comment(s)

The Social Firefly light installation

In creating the Social Firefly – an artwork...

Jason McDermott

Jason McDermott

18 January 2012 / 0 Comment(s)

Lens.

‘Design’. It’s a word that's...

Michael Wolff RDI

Michael Wolff RDI

06 January 2012 / 2 Comment(s)

Multi-coloured hand prints on a black background.

I believe that everyone is born with creative...

Sir John Sorrell OBE

Sir John Sorrell OBE

06 January 2012 / 2 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)

If the UK’s building sector supply chain is to achieve energy efficiency targets it will need to overcome an accepted culture of fragmentation and recognise the value in working together. You don’t have to look far to see the benefits...

Jeremy Watson

Jeremy Watson

15 December 2011 / 4 Comment(s)

Treescape photo

Following Debra Lam’s engaging post on the...

Yusuf Raja

Yusuf Raja

07 December 2011 / 1 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)

Right now, the international community is...

Debra Lam

Debra Lam

29 November 2011 / 1 Comment(s)

Theatre stalls and boxes

Chairing a recent debate at the Barbican in...

Rob Harris

Rob Harris

29 November 2011 / 1 Comment(s)

Engineers at work

The Leveson Inquiry is investigating the practice...

Simon Dent

Simon Dent

29 November 2011 / 1 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)

Black and white portrait of Sir Ove Arup, a philosopher and engineer who founded Arup in 1946. Copyright Arup.

The death of Apple CEO Steve Jobs has focussed...

David Macdonald

David Macdonald

18 November 2011 / 18 Comment(s)

I am arguing against the motion in an Arup-organised debate that “This house believes that London will never have world class integrated transport infrastructure”. Why? Because I believe that London already has world-class integrated...

Susan Claris

Susan Claris

17 November 2011 / 1 Comment(s)

The word 'Imagine' is spray-painted on the wall of Greenhouse by Joost. Copyright Arup.

The designers of our future are people who can...

Steve Lennon

Steve Lennon

16 November 2011 / 4 Comment(s)

Diagram showing the Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric Vehicle, charging using HaloIPT technology.

The formal announcement that the global...

John Miles

John Miles

16 November 2011 / 2 Comment(s)

The Melbourne Skyline. Copyright Martin Saunders Photography. (Arup ref 83142-11)" title="The Melbourne Skyline. Copyright Martin Saunders Photography. (Arup ref 83142-11)

Like many countries, Australia is becoming...

Steve Lennon

Steve Lennon

04 November 2011 / 3 Comment(s)

The mouth of a tunnel on the Channel-Tunnel Rail Link route, which blends almost seamlessly into the surrounding Kent countryside. Copyright Arup." title="The mouth of a tunnel on the Channel-Tunnel Rail Link route, which blends almost seamlessly into the surrounding Kent countryside. Copyright Arup.

Why can’t grey infrastructure such as...

Ian Lanchbury

Ian Lanchbury

04 November 2011 / 11 Comment(s)

Spiralling concrete ramps of the Penguin Pool at London Zoo, Arup's first project completed in 1935. Copyright Arup." title="Spiralling concrete ramps of the Penguin Pool at London Zoo, Arup's first project completed in 1935. Copyright Arup.

Good design is cool, right? Definitely. But good...

Steve Lennon

Steve Lennon

04 November 2011 / 0 Comment(s)

Susan Claris takes a ride in a GM EN-V electric vehicle.

A colleague of mine favours the expression that...

Susan Claris

Susan Claris

13 October 2011 / 3 Comment(s)

Air pollution billows from one of four factory chimneys.

As you may have heard, the new carbon price is...

Peter Bailey

Peter Bailey

13 October 2011 / 0 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)

Communication is a key factor in the success or failure of any project. Keeping everyone on board and informed is vital, but the volume of digital communication we send, receive and post on the web is increasing exponentially. While this constant...

Chris Pickles

Chris Pickles

14 September 2011 / 1 Comment(s)

The media called it the “Brian Cox Effect”. And right up until some spoilsport pointed out that Prof Cox’s excellent series about the universe was broadcast well after the discovery that more young people were making the choice to...

James Kenny

James Kenny

11 September 2011 / 0 Comment(s)

Chard and spinach growing in Arup's allotment in Bristol. Credit Matt Gitsham.

I’ve been excited about growing my own food...

Matt Gitsham

Matt Gitsham

11 September 2011 / 5 Comment(s)

A busy pedestrian crossing. Copyright KingWu.

Like many young, second-generation Singapore...

Roxanne Toh

Roxanne Toh

31 August 2011 / 2 Comment(s)

BedZed  Credit Chris Twinn. Copyright Arup/Chris Twinn.

Last year we celebrated the arrival in Melbourne...

Mike Rainbow

Mike Rainbow

30 August 2011 / 1 Comment(s)

In the building design, review and construction process, little if any attention is given to the subject of risk. For example, risks of fire, falling, or earthquakes are rarely discussed or acknowledged, except in terms of code compliance. Do...

Armin Wolski

20 August 2011 / 3 Comment(s)

Inside a network management centre. Credit Cellnet Ltd.

With the disastrous £11bn NHS computer...

Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards

20 August 2011 / 1 Comment(s)

The coast of Mero, Commonwealth of Dominica. Photographer Stephanie McGibbon. Copyright Arup/Stephanie McGibbon

Many people do not realise the crucial role that...

Elizabeth Jackson

Elizabeth Jackson

20 August 2011 / 1 Comment(s)

It is often thought that we can engineer our way out of problems, manmade and natural. Sea walls are designed to protect against storm surges, tsunamis and hurricanes. Buildings are designed for life safety during an earthquake. There are endless...

Elizabeth Jackson

Elizabeth Jackson

20 August 2011 / 0 Comment(s)

Core samples.

A significant proportion of construction...

Tom Berry

Tom Berry

01 July 2011 / 2 Comment(s)

The UK government has  published its...

Susan Claris

Susan Claris

01 July 2011 / 3 Comment(s)

Copyright: Arup/Clough Oil & Gas.  Maari Wellhead platform, Taranaki Basin, New Zealand

The Arab Spring and events in Libya are currently...

John Miles

John Miles

01 July 2011 / 0 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)

‘Arup is different’. This is a phrase that I use frequently within the firm and with our clients. The idea of Arup being different goes right back to the founding principles of the firm and echoes throughout Sir Ove Arup’s Key...

Philip Dilley

Philip Dilley

23 June 2011 / 2 Comment(s)

UK entrepreneur Lord Sugar prompted an outcry when he fired an engineer from his TV show The Apprentice, saying, "I've never yet come across an engineer that can turn his hands to business". There are countless examples of engineers being...

Paula Walsh

Paula Walsh

23 June 2011 / 11 Comment(s)

Copyright and credit: Vyonyx/Arup/ Shanghai Industrial Investment Corporation.

Winston Churchill understood the impact of design...

Gerard Healey

Gerard Healey

23 June 2011 / 4 Comment(s)

Reading through a couple of pieces recently about heat mapping for district heating systems and another about rethinking city resilience took me back to Sarajevo during the Bosnian conflict and some real-life lessons in innovation and resilience...

James Kenny

James Kenny

13 June 2011 / 0 Comment(s)

Those who run the world’s major cities are...

David Singleton

David Singleton

13 June 2011 / 0 Comment(s)

Fossil fuel energy provides the majority of our...

Michael Trousdell

Michael Trousdell

13 June 2011 / 3 Comment(s)

Cities will not be able to achieve significant...

Mark Watts

Mark Watts

01 June 2011 / 4 Comment(s)

How can building design reduce the spread of tuberculosis?Haiti has the highest TB rate in the Americas. In 2007 it had an estimated 306 TB cases per 100,000 people compared with 4.4 per 100,000 in the US. Up to 70% of people in certain housing...

Ewan Smith

Ewan Smith

31 May 2011 / 4 Comment(s)

Close-up of diagram from Arup's SPeAR tool.

Many development project teams are trying to...

Jonathan Ben-Ami

Jonathan Ben-Ami

20 May 2011 / 0 Comment(s)

Rural village with cow grazing.

Two months ago, I was in rural Nepal, mixing...

Clarice Fong

Clarice Fong

19 May 2011 / 2 Comment(s)

Fruit on display on a market stall

The traditional definition of logistics...

Melody Ablola

Melody Ablola

16 May 2011 / 6 Comment(s)

Credit: The Urban Design Group. Vyonyx/Arup/Shanghai Industrial Investment Corporation

It was late 2005 when Arup's eco city design team...

Michael Velders

Michael Velders

29 March 2011 / 1 Comment(s)

A recent report by the Institution of Mechanical...

David Singleton

David Singleton

10 March 2011 / 1 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)

The number of people in the world aged 80 or over is expected to almost quadruple by 2050, rising to 395m or 4.3% of the global population. With older people more likely to experience chronic conditions such as poor mobility, sensory losses and...

Stephen Pollard

Stephen Pollard

13 January 2011 / 1 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)

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)

Is there finally a case for large-scale solar...

Michael Osborne

Michael Osborne

11 January 2011 / 3 Comment(s)

Are hospitals with 100% single patient bedrooms...

Phil Nedin

Phil Nedin

11 January 2011 / 3 Comment(s)

Is pressure washing roads and applying dust...

Michael Bull

10 January 2011 / 1 Comment(s)