The Waterloo University uses virtual reality environments to test the impact of city densification on the mood.
Vertical urbanism could be a solution to increasing densification in Hong Kong, where much of the inhabitant’s life will be lived well above ground.
By 2050, the urban population will almost double to 6.3 billion. Cities are gaining 77 million new residents each year, equivalent to the population of Germany.
As construction becomes increasingly global, a coalition of New York-based designers and educators has formed to ask one urgent question …
Governments and policymakers are in danger of ignoring one of the biggest threats to the built environment — and to human life, writes Alex Copley.
In his award-winning essay for New Philosopher magazine, WSP’s Mark Bessoudo explains why engineers should read more philosophy.
The new economy will flock to areas of high “urban capacity”. Teemu Jama and Tuija Pakkanen explain what it is and how to calculate it.
We are all taught to believe in the power of collaboration, but what really drives the relationships that create our built environment?
BDP’s Neil Cadenhead considers comfort, mythology and hospital design in a post-antibiotic world.
We need to start looking at the world from the next generation’s perspective, writes Steve Burrows — they’re the ones who will be solving the problems we’ve created.
How do we recycle a building or materials in a way that we could really benefit from? Three WSP engineers responds to this question with no constraints.
Keith Brewis from Grimshaw Architects explains why Hong Kong is the smartest place he knows. But does bureaucracy hold smart cities back?
Jonathan Ledgard is 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.
The internet has transformed the world of retail. But commercial centres still have a vital role to play as we move towards an “Experience economy”.
From Montreal’s Habitat 67 to Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower, modular architecture has taken different shapes in all parts of the world.
Laing O’Rourke and WSP have designed and built a Liverpool children’s hospital out of 15,000 pre-assembled elements.
Central to the modular debate is the issue of how mass-produced elements can be made to work with creative architecture. One area that might offer a solution is 3D printing.
Trobe Tower in Melbourne was constructed almost twice as fast thanks to Hickory’s system, which uses hot-rolled steel box frames incorporating an engineered concrete floor.
There are a lot of fears around modular construction – from aesthetics to cost. But there are solutions to those issues.
In structural engineering, thinking diagonally and moving away from orthogonal arrangements to something less regular often provides an answer.
Architect Jean-Paul Viguier tells us about how he sees creativity and what helps him boost it.
Analysing large amounts of patient’s medical information to find patterns in the formation of chronic diseases.
Over the next 40 years, the global population will get older faster than at any time in history.
Modular is finally becoming reality, thanks to advances in computer modelling, 3D printing and robotics.
Ping pong tables, pod chairs, beach huts and giant slides – is this really what it takes to make us more creative at work?
Professor Heinz Wolff has now invented an entirely new approach to elderly care — a system that relies on man rather than machine.
Mike Steep a visiting scholar at Stanford Engineering believes Seattle is the most digital place in the world. All data regarding its utilities, roads and buildings are being captured.
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.
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.
Smarter cities are threatened by broadband monopolies, warns Christian Wictorin. We need to liberate our network infrastructure.
Lauren Isaac pours sugar in the tank of some of the more common misconceptions.