Imagine 2060: Exploring the future of Sydney Harbour

In the first of three years in the Imagine series, the theme of “At the water’s edge” continues in Sydney. Asia Society and AECOM held a discussion with eminent planning and innovation experts on 22 June on the future of Sydney Harbour and its contribution to the economic and cultural vibrancy of the city. The […]

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Building resilience for all

In January 2017, torrential rain caused floods that forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes in Malaysia. There have been no credible estimates of the costs of this disaster, but the sum must run into several million USD of damage, let alone the disruption to livelihoods. According to the United Nations’ Global Assessment Report, […]

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Betting on globalization with Guangzhou aerotropolis

I recently spoke at an airport city conference in Guangzhou. I was there as part of a consulting assignment for the Guangzhou Aerotropolis Development District, reviewing the extensive urban development around the airport. Guangzhou is centred within the Pearl River Delta (PRD), the broad region of Southern China that also includes Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and […]

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Imagine 2060: Starting the dialogue in Manila

If there is an ideal urban laboratory to discover solutions to the world’s chronic stresses of urbanization, Manila—with 12 million people in 17 jurisdictions—may well be it. Walking out of our inaugural Imagine 2060 event in Manila on March 30, the feeling wasn’t just one of elation that the event was a success, with nearly […]

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Resilient Greater Miami and the Beaches: three governments come together

City of Miami CRO Jane Gilbert at the Agenda Setting Workshop, Sept 29, 2016. Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade County This is the fifth in a series of posts on AECOM’s work with cities participating in the 100 Resilient Cities program, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. The program supports 100 cities globally in tackling issues of globalization, urbanization and […]

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Does anyone have Poseidon’s number?

Image: “Neptune Statue” by mr.throk is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Ancient mariners caught in storms often called upon Poseidon, ruler of the seas, to save them and their ships from danger. The Greek god — or Neptune, if you prefer his Roman name — also had the power to cause earthquakes and tame wild horses. […]

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Resilient Bangkok: Working toward a greener, safer, more equitable city

This is the fourth in a series of posts on AECOM’s work with cities participating in the 100 Resilient Cities program, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. The program supports 100 cities globally in tackling issues of globalization, urbanization and climate change by developing a resilience strategy under the leadership of a chief resilience officer. AECOM […]

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CDP: The leaders and best newcomers to city climate disclosure

This post is re-published from CDP’s blog. Image: Mexico City, courtesy of CDP. Cities are demonstrating their ambition to address climate change by reducing emissions, adapting to climate impacts and establishing low-carbon economies. In the run-up to the COP21 conference in Paris, cities were instrumental in paving the way for ratification of the historic agreement. […]

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Pieces of Bay Area’s past become art of its future

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you’re used to seeing a lot of change. Businesses have turned over; old neighborhoods have changed character; new neighborhoods are springing up; Salesforce Tower is rising to replace the Transamerica Building as the Bay’s tallest. With all this growth we’re concerned about preserving character, identity and […]

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Resilient Melbourne: Putting people at the centre  

This is the third in a series of posts on AECOM’s work with cities participating in the 100 Resilient Cities program, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. The program supports 100 cities globally in tackling issues of globalization, urbanization and climate change by developing a resilience strategy under the leadership of a chief resilience officer. AECOM has assisted […]

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