Does your building have a future?

Presented at the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference, Hong Kong, June 2017. We are experiencing more disruption than ever with artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, and autonomous vehicles are no longer science fiction. So what does this mean for construction? Will the building you’re thinking of designing today be obsolete even before it’s completed? […]

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Empowering women and girls: the smart way to build a better world

“Investing in girls and women unlocks untapped potential, and creates a ripple effect that benefits families, communities and entire nations. It’s 2016: now is the time to turn the conversation from ‘if and why’ to ‘how and now.’” – Katja Iverson, CEO, Women Deliver This May, people from over 60 countries came together to take part […]

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World Environment Day isn’t about the environment

I am really happy to see that this year’s World Environment Day theme — “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” — puts the human element firmly back into the equation. With its roots in the ecology movement of the 1970s, World Environment Day was originally a response to the awaking awareness that human […]

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YALI Reflections: Benefiting from the guidance of AECOM experts

Initially, six weeks looked like a very long time but it flew by so fast. When I heard that I had been selected for the Mandela Washington Young African Leaders Initiative and would be at the Presidential Precinct, I was excited. It couldn’t have come at a better time as I was just about to […]

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Nine things a director of sustainable development vows to change

Ben Smith, AECOM’s Director of Sustainable Development for Design, Planning & Economics in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is committed to change in the next 12 months. Whether it’s growing veggies with his children or studying the ethics of his investments, he’s determined to give it a go. So what sparked this light bulb […]

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