The Design Book: 50 city stories explored brings together projects of all kinds delivered for and with cities around the world. Arup examines the ideas that help make great urban places ‘“ through design that is intelligent, beautiful, green, resilient, responsible and future-facing.
The book includes the thoughts of a number of internationally-renowned spokespeople, talking about the challenges cities face today:
- Judith Rodin ‘“ President of The Rockefeller Foundation
- Edgar Pieterse ‘“ director of the African Center for Cities
- Clover Moore ‘“ Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney
- Thomas Heatherwick – British designer and the founder of Heatherwick Studio
Cities must tackle a diverse set of challenges. To name a few, they must deal with urbanisation, changing demographics, climate change, economic growth, water scarcity and congestion.
The world’ s cities must differentiate themselves, to attract the increasingly mobile global workforce, tourists and inward investment.
More than anything, cities must be fit for purpose today while anticipating the possibilities of tomorrow.
In the Arup Design Book, 50 city stories explored, we explore some of our responses to the often-conflicting demands placed on cities.
As the projects featured in the book show, cities have the opportunity to make many interventions for improvement, becoming greener, more intelligent, beautiful, future facing, responsible and resilient. These themes inform our discussions within this book, as they do our work with cities worldwide.