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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Designing cities and buildings for drought resilience

An engineered wetland water treatment system at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission headquarters. Drought is challenging communities in California and much of the West to rethink how they use water. This time, communities are not looking to large, distant reservoirs but to micro-solutions distributed throughout urban landscapes. California has mandated a 25% reduction in water use […]

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Urban SOS: All Systems Go

How can Thailand’s capital of Bangkok reduce flooding, clean up its water, and improve transportation? How can the island city-state of Singapore build food resiliency? How can Quito, Equador solve climate-change-driven water problems? Student finalist teams will present their answers to these questions on Thursday, October 15 at the A + D Museum in Los […]

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Could a global capital become a national park?

I returned to the UK in October last year having spent a few years working for AECOM in Australia. I had lost the ‘discussion’ with my wife on city versus country living. We returned to our house in South West London. It was cold, wet, dark and the commuting seemed a lot worse than I […]

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Green infrastructure for a growing London

Over the next 35 years, London’s population is estimated to grow by over one third to 11.27 million people in 2050. Not only does this present huge challenges for housing delivery – an additional 16,000 completions per annum to meet the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) target of 42,000 homes a year – but it also raises critical […]

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Livable infrastructure

Fourth Ward Park, Atlanta. The world’s cities are already home to the majority of the global population, with this forecast to grow by a further 3 billion people by 2050. The infrastructure needed to support this growth is often underfunded or falls short of what it could deliver to urban communities. Cities have long planned […]

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What should Earth Day mean?

Image: Copyright Robb Williamson / AECOM The questions of how we can find a sustainable balance between society and nature and how we design and manage our cities are of course very closely linked. As we at AECOM thought about Earth Day for 2014, we decided that to achieve the most productive results, the former […]

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Green to keep the blues at bay

Photo by the author. UK cities faced surging flood waters over the winter. The answer to future resilience lies largely with green infrastructure. That’s according to Matthew Jones, regional director, AECOM, and Michael Henderson, associate director of sustainability, AECOM, in recent articles for Water Briefing and Civil Service World, respectively. “While the flooding has taken place […]

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What’s next for the living wall?

Five years old and in “rude health,” Westfield London’s living wall. © AECOM photo by David Lloyd. There has been a lot of hype surrounding green or living walls in recent years, using plants to create verdant building facades or interior atriums. Increasingly, blank walls and building are being transformed into vertical landscapes, turning dense urban […]

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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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