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Shaping better cities

Josef Hargrave
Global Foresight Manager
foresight@arup.com
+44 (0) 20 7636 1531

Cities Alive takes a human-centred approach to rethinking how we should design and manage cities in the future. It provides an integrated focus on the experience of cities and the global challenges that are impacting the lives of everyday citizens. We recognise the importance of a city’s inhabitants and we explore the relationships between design, processes, spaces and people. Cities Alive is an invitation to collaboratively shape our urban future.

The thought-provoking series of global research and events explores the social, technological, environmental, economic and political drivers shaping future cities across the globe.

Cities Alive: Designing for Ageing Communities

The ageing of the world population will be one of the defining megatrends of this century. These changes will have a profound effect on our cities and the lives of the people who live in them, creating new challenges and also opening up new opportunities.

Whether it is tackling population growth, climate change, air pollution or urbanisation, we are focused on exploring the issues faced by cities, based on stakeholder engagement, evidence, problem solving and research. Current areas of research include the future role and application of green infrastructure, emerging opportunities around lighting and night-time design, and a focus on city walkability.

Cities Alive series

Cities Alive series

Water for People

How do we address the impact of population growth and climate change on water supply and demand in our cities?

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Green Infrastructure

How can we create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities through green spaces?

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Walking World

How does walkability impact the success of a city? We highlight the opportunity for cities to embrace walking to create healthier and more liveable cities.

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Urban Night-time

With darkness accounting for 50% of the world’s time, the design of night-time lighting significantly impacts the use and enjoyment of a city.

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Urban Childhoods

A child-friendly approach to urban planning is vital for the creation of cities that work better for everyone.

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Collaborating with leading thinkers, investors, lobbyists, solutions providers and policy makers, we bring together broad-minded individuals from a wide range of disciplines. Cities Alive encourages us to look beyond the constraints of our own specialisms and to make a positive difference for people. By combining expertise in all areas of urban design, cities can become more enjoyable, more sociable, safer, healthier and easier to get around.

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