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Innovation Tower, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. Credit: Shui On Construction Company Limited

The legal profession should not be permitted to...

Bethan Onions

Bethan Onions

13 October 2014 / 0 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)

Water inundation inside houses in India. Credit: Anil Kumar.

Climate Week once again highlights one of the...

James Kenny

James Kenny

29 September 2014 / 1 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 / 1 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 / 10 Comment(s)

Makati City, Manila, the Philippines

My colleague Jack Pappin recently pointed out...

Rob Smith

Rob Smith

01 September 2014 / 0 Comment(s)

Beijing National Stadium, Olympic Stadium, Beijing

In the Netherlands, where I work, building...

Sander Boogers

Sander Boogers

07 August 2014 / 2 Comment(s)

BIM model of a sludge treatment facility

Opinions differ on exactly how, and indeed how...

Dan Clipsom

Dan Clipsom

31 July 2014 / 5 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)

Galleria West Shopping Centre at night, Seoul

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

Siegrid Siderius

Siegrid Siderius

17 July 2014 / 1 Comment(s)

Opera de Arame.

I have always been somewhat sceptical when it...

Tiago Oliveira

Tiago Oliveira

30 June 2014 / 4 Comment(s)

Increasingly, cities will need to form strong...

Ryan Falconer

Ryan Falconer

23 June 2014 / 0 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 / 6 Comment(s)

Shoreditch cafe, London.

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

Jenny Adams

Jenny Adams

12 June 2014 / 9 Comment(s)

Macademia Nuts growing on the tree.

If the world is going to feed its growing and...

Eike Sindlinger

Eike Sindlinger

09 June 2014 / 5 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)

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)

San Francisco.

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

Ibrahim Almufti

Ibrahim Almufti

15 April 2014 / 1 Comment(s)

Wrigley Field.

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

Shane Day

Shane Day

07 April 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)

London’s proposed Garden Bridge

I have a simple solution for cities with...

Susan Claris

Susan Claris

20 March 2014 / 32 Comment(s)

Doughnuts.

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

Graham Dodd

Graham Dodd

06 March 2014 / 5 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)

Open green space with people relaxing

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

Tom Armour

Tom Armour

10 February 2014 / 6 Comment(s)

Easter Island statues, representative of a collapsed civilisation

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

Vincent Lee

Vincent Lee

08 January 2014 / 7 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 / 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)

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 / 7 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 / 1 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)

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 / 11 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)

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)

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)

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 / 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 / 16 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)

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)

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)

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)

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 European Parliament recently agreed to a...

Alexander Jan

Alexander Jan

14 June 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)

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 / 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)

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)

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)

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 / 15 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)

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)

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)

Repairs being undertaken to buildings in Christchurch

Following the disastrous earthquakes that have...

Andrew Wisdom

Andrew Wisdom

17 February 2012 / 5 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)

Treescape photo

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

Yusuf Raja

Yusuf Raja

07 December 2011 / 1 Comment(s)

Right now, the international community is...

Debra Lam

Debra Lam

29 November 2011 / 1 Comment(s)

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Like many countries, Australia is becoming...

Steve Lennon

Steve Lennon

04 November 2011 / 3 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)

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)

Cities will not be able to achieve significant...

Mark Watts

Mark Watts

01 June 2011 / 5 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)

A recent report by the Institution of Mechanical...

David Singleton

David Singleton

10 March 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)