Empowering Kenya’s Maasai tribe to address water shortages


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


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.


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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Aging and resilience: The two biggest challenges of our time are two faces of the same coin


Last month, the ratings service Standard & Poor’s issued a report citing climate change as one of the factors that will significantly impact a nation’s economy in the coming decades. Last year, the same report identified aging populations as a significant factor affecting a nation’s vulnerability. In my mind, these are not separate issues. Cities […]

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Aging in Place: Designing health care for Singapore’s Pioneer Generation


We are getting older — everyone, all of us — and no one is immune from this condition. Did you know that in Singapore the senior population above 65 years old will grow to more than 900,000 by 2030? In preparation, Singapore’s prime minister recently announced long-term plans to care for this specific senior population, […]

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Planning for aging populations


According to the United Nations Population Division, globally, the number of older persons (aged 60 years or over) is expected to more than double from 841 million people in 2013 to more than 2 billion in 2050. More health care capacity is required to cater to this increase in demand, not only in terms of […]

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