Excellence Awards: River of Life project brings together a diverse team

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We began working on the River of Life in 2012 when Kuala Lumpur City Hall opened the original design competition to international participants with the goal of finding a world class, sustainable and contextually relevant solution for the iconic urban transformation project. The project provided an opportunity to demonstrate our strengths while being involved in […]

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Excellence Awards: Improving food security in the pearl of Africa

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I’ve just landed in Entebbe, Uganda, to supervise the construction of a grain store that my colleagues and I at Engineers for Overseas Development (EFOD) have spent the last two years designing and fundraising for. I’ll admit I’m a little nervous; I have no idea what to expect. I’ve never been to Africa before and […]

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Building emergency homes in Brazil

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Many times, we live in our comfort zone within our own enclosed worlds and do not realize what happens outside of it. Social inequality and poverty are problems that affect many countries nowadays, and the experience we received — with support from AECOM’s employees in Brazil along with TETO — makes it clear how beneficial […]

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Empowering Kenya’s Maasai tribe to address water shortages

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Early in the afternoon, our Land Rover bounced over the rocky roads of the village of Iltalal in Kenya.  As we caromed over the rutted tracks, the rattling and banging of the truck and our tools melded in harmony with the laughter of the roughly 10 people packed inside.  There was much cause for laughter […]

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Natural disasters: A new normal

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Credit: Victor Zastolskiy/Shutterstock. We are living in a period where a “new normal” is being created in climate. In 1980, overall capital losses from natural disasters were approximately $60 billion; by 2010, the capital losses have trended to over $200 billion per year. Said another way, the losses from disasters have exceeded $2.5 trillion since January […]

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Designing for Disaster

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Designing for Disaster — an exhibition that opened this past May — is, by far, the most challenging exhibition I have organized in my 18 years at the National Building Museum. The exhibition’s premise: That we can prevent, reduce the impact of, and better prepare for natural disasters before they occur is not controversial; it […]

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YALI Reflections: Benefiting from the guidance of AECOM experts

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Initially, six weeks looked like a very long time but it flew by so fast. When I heard that I had been selected for the Mandela Washington Young African Leaders Initiative and would be at the Presidential Precinct, I was excited. It couldn’t have come at a better time as I was just about to […]

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Aging and resilience: We don’t need a revolution. We need a different perspective.

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A survey conducted in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the United States revealed that if residents of Houston, Texas, could be guaranteed the same job with an equitable salary in another city, 60 percent would choose to leave rather than stay and fight for the future success of their city. Taken in conjunction with […]

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