Connected Thinking

Plato for Plumbers: Philosophy and Engineering

In his award-winning essay for New Philosopher magazine, WSP’s Mark Bessoudo explains why engineers should read more philosophy.

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Earthquakes: The Enemy Below

In their rush to centralize populations in ever greater cities, governments and policymakers are in danger of ignoring one of the biggest threats to the built environment — and to human life, writes Alex Copley.

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Drones and Droneports Under African Skies

Jonathan Ledgard leads a team of roboticists, architects and logisticians seeking to build the world’s first droneport in Africa. By 2030, he predicts, there will be one in every town in the tropical world.

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Peak Megacity

Crowded conditions, inflated property prices, public health disasters, low fertility rates — Joel Kotkin asks whether it’s time we gave up on super-sized cities.

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The New Middle Age

We shouldn’t be building better housing just for the elderly, says Lord Richard Best, but for the not-old-yet who are ready to downsize.

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Five Myths About Driverless Cars

Countless reports have talked up the drastic changes that will result from this disruptive technology. Lauren Isaac pours sugar in the tank of some of the more common misconceptions.

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Into The Urban Wild

Nathanael Johnson is the author of Unseen City — an exploration of the world of “synanthropes”, the plant and animal species that have evolved to thrive alongside city dwellers, whether they are welcome or not.

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