What can nature do for your city?

There is a growing call to incorporate green infrastructure within new and existing developments. Natural assets clean the air and water, reduce flood risk, and help regulate climate at both micro and macro scales; they also improve quality of life and raise real estate values accordingly. Green infrastructure can take various forms, from green roofs and […]

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Accelerating cities in Australia, New Zealand

I recently visited Auckland, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney recently, speaking in various venues about globalization, emerging technology, and their impacts on cities, including a presentation at the Adelaide ‘Open State’ festival. From traditional North American/European perspectives, both Australia and New Zealand are the ‘end of the line’. Auckland is 12 hours ahead of London – […]

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The new urban infrastructure equation

What makes a city? Places we live. Places we work. Places we shop and enjoy ourselves. Shared public spaces. The systems that move us from point to point. The systems that deliver water and energy to us. All of this is physical infrastructure of one kind or another. There are also the capital and funding […]

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Making the link: how major transit can unlock regional growth

Japan’s High Speed Rail Network was built in stages. By finding unique ways to fund and deliver key transit projects in Australia, our regional economies have the potential to flourish while playing a more significant role in accommodating population growth. Some may think that the major population growth in our cities will leave our regional […]

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Eight steps to a brilliant city

Cities have never been more important, nor the competition between them more intense. Those positioned to excel through this time of global change are pursuing broad, integrated strategies to tap hidden value, celebrate ecology and culture, attract people and investment and overcome financial and operational inefficiencies to define success. Brilliant exudes character and confidence. Brilliant […]

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Frankfurt and Offenbach: how two cities can grow together

I recently had the privilege to serve on an Urban Land Institute advisory panel in Germany. We came together to provide strategic advice to the mayors of Frankfurt and Offenbach on how they might realize mutual benefits through collaboration. Like other ULI research and consulting efforts, the work of this panel was intense and influential. […]

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Aerotropolis Sydney?

In an increasing urbanising and globalising age, Sydney’s aviation connectivity is key to maintaining the city’s global identity and regional economy, particularly with the rise of the regional economies of Asia and the Middle East. With its two runways, Sydney airport still has capacity, but at some point in the future it will become constrained. Like […]

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LA 2106: realizing the ecological metropolis

Today we revisit a concept we submitted to the History Channel’s City of the Future competition in 2006. Looking back, the thinking we did on this has deeply influenced how we approached projects and developed our practice over the following decade. With a hundred-year timescale, this remains just as potent a suggestion for the future of Los Angeles as it was […]

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Townsville 2100: turning risk into resilience

AECOM’s Design + Planning practice in Australia recently responded to a challenge issued by Townsville Enterprise: “Imagine Townsville as a metropolitan landscape of millions.” For those not familiar with the city, Townsville is a well-established and distinctive regional centre half way up the eastern coast of Queensland. As the ‘capital’ of North Queensland, it is […]

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Coming home to Tainan

A cross-disciplinary team from AECOM’s Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing and London offices is hard at work this week in the Taiwanese city of Tainan (pop 1.2 million). Commissioned by the Bai Lusi Foundation, and in collaboration with the National Cheng Kung University, the team is working on a vision plan that will be […]

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