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86 articles / Natural resources, such as fossil fuels, metals, minerals and biomass are becoming limited or more difficult to source. The global challenge is to focus on an ever more sustainable approach to energy and resources.

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Pantheon Oculus

If we want to make the most of daylight in our...

Solmaz Esmailzadeh

Solmaz Esmailzadeh

14 July 2014 / 6 Comment(s)

Rocket and Earth

Space elevators are a permanent infrastructure...

Peter Debney

Peter Debney

07 July 2014 / 11 Comment(s)

Talking heads.

To make sustainability meaningful, I think it...

Gerard Healey

Gerard Healey

03 July 2014 / 11 Comment(s)

Construction view of cranes in Hong Kong.

Buildings often use much more material than is...

Andrea Charlson

Andrea Charlson

25 June 2014 / 5 Comment(s)

Molecules.

As scientists get closer to achieving nuclear...

Steve Cowley

Steve Cowley

19 June 2014 / 1 Comment(s)

Pylon with power lines

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

Richard Hatton

Richard Hatton

05 June 2014 / 2 Comment(s)

flushing toilet.

In many countries of the world, there is...

Martin Shouler

Martin Shouler

24 April 2014 / 1 Comment(s)

electricity meter.

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

Roy James

Roy James

03 April 2014 / 8 Comment(s)

Colliding particles abstract.

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

Simon Barber

Simon Barber

31 March 2014 / 9 Comment(s)

Sandbank.

Recent storms have focussed attention on coastal...

Jenny Adams

Jenny Adams

25 March 2014 / 7 Comment(s)

Image of a sub station.

Energy storage is vital for maximising the...

Steve Saunders

Steve Saunders

13 March 2014 / 13 Comment(s)

maths formula on a blackboard

To create a diverse engineering profession, the...

Richard Haryott

Richard Haryott

25 February 2014 / 8 Comment(s)

Industrial factory belching smoke

There’s not a nation on Earth where the...

Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt

30 January 2014 / 13 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)

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)

Landfill site

One thing in the waste management industry is...

Allan Barton

Allan Barton

07 November 2013 / 3 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)

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)

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)

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 / 1 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)

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)

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)

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)

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 / 5 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)

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)

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)

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 / 14 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 / 18 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 / 2 Comment(s)

The great advantage of plastics is their...

Graham Dodd

Graham Dodd

14 June 2012 / 2 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)

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 / 6 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 / 15 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Fossil fuel energy provides the majority of our...

Michael Trousdell

Michael Trousdell

13 June 2011 / 3 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)

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)

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

Michael Osborne

Michael Osborne

11 January 2011 / 3 Comment(s)