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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Vertical schools

Do you remember the days of the old school yard? Wide open quadrangles, modest, single-storey buildings, tuckshops offering the sort of fare that wouldn’t pass the sensors of today’s nutritiously-conscious parents? Times certainly have changed, not just in terms of what students are learning and eating, but the environments where they’re learning. Increasingly, the design […]

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Building tall over London

The Shard. ©AECOM Photo By David Lloyd. David Glover, AECOM’s chief executive for Building Engineering, discusses the considerations of building tall within London’s historic skyline in a post on UBM’s Future Cities blog: Jake Herson ( is managing editor of the Connected Cities blog.

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