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Gerald Desmond Bridge at night

What should a bridge, railway, pipeline or other...

Rob Smith

Rob Smith

14 August 2014 / 0 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)

Rail signals.

People are travelling more than ever before...

Tony Vidago

Tony Vidago

22 May 2014 / 3 Comment(s)

Ove Arup

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

Richard Boyd

Richard Boyd

10 March 2014 / 17 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 / 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 / 0 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 / 15 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

An empty car park. Source Fotolia.

The advent of automated vehicles offers us a...

Josef Hargrave

Josef Hargrave

14 February 2013 / 1 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)

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)

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)

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 / 32 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 / 47 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)

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)

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 / 1 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Theatre stalls and boxes

Chairing a recent debate at the Barbican in...

Rob Harris

Rob Harris

29 November 2011 / 1 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)

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 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)

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)

A busy pedestrian crossing. Copyright KingWu.

Like many young, second-generation Singapore...

Roxanne Toh

Roxanne Toh

31 August 2011 / 2 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)

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)

‘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)

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)