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Cities

How can we be better prepared for rapid urbanisation and the impact on cities?

By 2050, over six billion people will be living in urban areas. Cities worldwide are facing significant social, economic and environmental pressures. Arup takes an innovative approach to every aspect of city development and improvement, from resilience to lighting and climate change to mobility.

Cities Alive: Towards a walking world

With almost 70% of the world’s population expected to live in urban areas by 2030, the quality of urban life shall increasingly influence wellbeing.

With the unprecedented rate and scale of urbanisation, we must ensure our cities are resilient to this change. Through our applied research programme, our researchers explore a wide range of topics, from city resilience to digital infrastructure.

Can drones transform surveying and modelling?

Accessible and accurate site data is essential to project development. Traditional spatial capture technology is based on CAD models, GIS data and satellite…

Green building envelopes – making the benefits measurable

Cities can be seen as ecosystems. Just as individual organisms contribute to sustaining an ecosystem, individual buildings support the overall functioning…

Fire safety design for tall timber construction

In many jurisdictions, fire safety regulations are a key challenge to delivering tall timber construction. Traditional fire design methodologies assume use…

Cities Alive: towards a walking world

With almost 70% of the world’s population expected to live in urban areas by 2030, the quality of urban life shall increasingly influence wellbeing. Intrinsic to…

Lighting and sports stadium atmosphere

Stadium designers aspire to better understand the impact of their designs on framing people’s experience within the stadium environment. The…

Data and governance needed for city-scale circular economies

Circular economies usually focus on a specific technology dealing with an individual resource flow. At the scale of a city, the required governance…

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