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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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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Acoustic design for more livable cities

Image: copyright AECOM photo by David Lloyd The sound quality of urban environments is an important consideration for people’s health and well being. The World Health Organisation notes that one in five Europeans is regularly exposed to noise levels at night that could significantly damage their health. My work in acoustic design looks at how […]

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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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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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Firm Foundation

Firm Foundation waterfront public space, Banjarmasin, Indonesia. Photo by Bima Pramata. It has been about a year now since a new public space called Firm Foundation opened in Banjarmasin – a delta city on the Indonesian island of Kalimantan. Like all of the housing nearby, Firm Foundation is built on stilts over river water. It was […]

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An evening with Jan Gehl

Last night at London’s Hackney Empire Theater, 1,100 people and I attended a screening of the film, The Human Scale. The film focuses largely on the work of Danish architect Jan Gehl (Yan Gale) and his firm, Gehl Architects. The premise of the film and Gehl’s work over the past 50 years is that modern […]

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Once and future creeks

Westerly Creek was restored from a runway in the Stapleton Airport redevelopment, Denver. Copyright AECOM photo by David Lloyd. No matter what city you live in, there is a good chance that there is a buried creek right below your feet. Many people do not know that there was once a creek flowing near their […]

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Organisms, not mechanisms

Kunshan Civic Plaza, China. Copyright AECOM, photo by Dixi Carrillo. Alastair Leighton, an associate director of AECOM’s Design + Planning practice in Fortitude Valley, Australia, points out that “We break urban complexity down into manageable component parts, with transport networks managed by transport specialists as just one example, but we sometimes forget to reintegrate these […]

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