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Foresight

We specialise in identifying and analysing the major trends shaping the future of the built environment

We specialise in identifying and analysing the major trends shaping the future of the built environment

We facilitate the future

Arup Foresight are a multi-disciplinary team of consultants and designers that can help our clients understand change, identify emerging opportunities and future-proof their business. We work across a broad range of sectors to contextualise the impact of global trends and make decisions that build resilience for the future.

From envisioning the future of mail and parcel logistics to researching the future design and operations of a city district, Arup Foresight answer complex questions that require a broad and holistic look at the future.

Foresight aims to counter the risk of being short-sighted by developing people, capacity and skills that allow organisations to actively manage future trends and embed corporate foresight into business management, project delivery and strategy processes.

Chris Luebkeman
Arup Fellow and Global Foresight, Research and Innovation Leader

What is foresight?

Foresight describes a set of approaches, tools and skills that help organisations explore, envision and shape the future. By understanding key drivers of change and the implications of this change, Foresight aims to make a business or project ‘future-proof’. Key methodologies – including horizon scanning, trend research, scenario planning and visioning – are used to map out future contexts and assess how trends and changes are impacting a business.

Building business resilience

Our foresight specialists work with clients across a broad range of sectors to help understand change and build resilience for the future. We provide foresight advisory services to clients from sectors such as education, science and industry, transport, healthcare and utilities.

Find out more about our Foresight consulting services by downloading our Foresight Advisory brochure.

Strategy and visioning

How can we future proof our designs, strategies and solutions?

We specialise in co-creating visions that provide the overall direction and framework for an organisation, project or initiative.

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Insights and trends

How can we identify emerging risks and opportunities?

Our team scans a global network of sources for new trends, insights and cutting-edge thinking.

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Scenario planning

How can we be better prepared for an uncertain future?

By challenging our tendency to favour ‘business as usual’, scenarios can help decision-makers frame their strategic thinking, and test and refine strategic options.

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Future-proof design

How can we develop new components, business models and solutions?

From digital transformation to implementing new services, products and systems, we identify the strategies to help transform a business at scale.

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Strategy and visioning
Insights and trends
Scenario planning
Future-proof design

How can we future proof our designs, strategies and solutions?

We specialise in co-creating visions that provide the overall direction and framework for an organisation, project or initiative.

Find out more about strategy and visioning

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How can we identify emerging risks and opportunities?

Our team scans a global network of sources for new trends, insights and cutting-edge thinking.

Find out more about insights and trends

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How can we be better prepared for an uncertain future?

By challenging our tendency to favour ‘business as usual’, scenarios can help decision-makers frame their strategic thinking, and test and refine strategic options.

Find out more about scenario planning

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How can we develop new components, business models and solutions?

From digital transformation to implementing new services, products and systems, we identify the strategies to help transform a business at scale.

Find out more about design and innovation

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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.

Big thinking

Over the past decade we have helped clients from all over the world to rethink their business, identify future markets and develop new ideas. For example, our Cities Alive report looks at how a child-friendly approach to urban planning is vital for the creation of cities that work better for everyone.

Our team has used their knowledge and insight to produce a range of publications, reports and tools examining the future of the built environment.

Our tools

Arup Foresight has developed a range of world-class tools and platforms to support creative thinking, foresight, strategy and innovation programmes. These range from our global Drivers of Change programme to our online Inspire insights database. To find out more about how our tools can help you and your business, please explore the sections below.

Drivers of Change

Investigate the key global issues and trends driving change across the world.

Arup Inspire

Explore emerging ideas and innovative case studies from across the built environment and beyond.

7see

Examine the complex relationship between economic activity, growth and emissions.

Talk to the Arup Foresight team about your needs

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