Archives for July 2013

For future cities, think small, as in nano

The “Energy-Efficient House of the Future,” designed by AECOM for the Government of the Chuvash Republic and RUSNANO Corporation. “Based on recent Department of Energy Annual Energy Outlook reports, residential and commercial buildings account for 36% of the total primary energy use in the United States and 30% of the total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.”[i]  Consequently, there is […]

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Sekondi-Takoradi: an oil city comes full circle

Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana ©Barbora Nemcova. In 2007, after offshore oil deposits were discovered near Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana, industry observers noted the rise of West Africa’s newest oil city. A recent paper by Franklin Obeng-Odoom, a research fellow at Australia’s University of Technology, Sydney, School of the Built Environment, surveys Sekondi-Takoradi’s post-discovery growth and suggests that the city’s […]

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Notes from the Venice Biennale

Held every other year, the Venice Biennale is to the world of art what the Olympics is to the world of sport. It’s a series of exhibitions held throughout the summer dotted around the ancient city of Venice in three broad parts. A main show held in the sprawling Arsenale, the now empty naval headquarters of the […]

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What London stands to lose

Stratford bustles with commerce in this photo (©AECOM by David Lloyd). The 2012 Olympics infused this area with new infrastructure, commercial development, and energy. But something else underpins this place’s success, as it does the whole city’s and that of any other 21st-century metropolis. Stratford is 20 miles from Heathrow International Airport. As London considers […]

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What recent protests in Brazil mean for cities and planning

Cidade da Copa, development planned for Recife, Brazil around the 2014 World Cup. In an op-ed in the New York Times last month (“Let them eat soccer”, June 25), the Brazilian writer Elio Gaspari captured the corrosive effects governmental corruption and class divergence have had in Brazil. But the echoes of recent protests may carry […]

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Green or Grey? Yes.

Anvaya Cove, Subic Bay, Philippines. ©AECOM photo by David Lloyd. “We live in a world of polarity day and night, man and woman, positive and negative. Light and darkness need each other. They are a balance.” With that said, striking a balance in our response to natural disasters seems to be the most logical way to […]

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Don’t miss Jinji Lake

©AECOM photo by David Lloyd. If you’re passing through Shanghai you may think all the action is right underneath one of the world’s most recognizable skylines. Certainly there’s plenty. If you’re in a more contemplative frame of mind you might stop in Suzhou, just outside Shanghai to the west, where traditional gardens once inspired the explorer Marco Polo. […]

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Buildings and bridges join the ‘internet of things’

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, a building that uses SMART solutions. ©AECOM photo by Cameron Triggs. What do the following things have in common? Telephone networks Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems Video games Sensors Computers in products such as vacuum cleaners, airplanes and cars Robots used in manufacturing plants […]

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Water sensitive cities

Water sensitive urban design at the Southport Broadwater Parklands, Australia. ©AECOM photo by David Lloyd. Professor Tony Wong’s TED X presentation at Canberra, Australia in April, “Envisioning a Water Sensitive Future for our Cities and Towns,” describes approaches for integrating  the built and natural environment by focusing on water.  By incorporating natural hydrologic processes as […]

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