The Living City

The current push for SMART Cities is, no doubt, a quickly evolving aspect of the Built Environment which offers huge potential to at least mitigate some of the impacts that our various societies have on our planet both now and in a future that is ever more focused on urban living. At the same time, we feel that the term Smart Cities is restrictive in describing and tackling the major challenges that need to be addressed at a city level and this position is reinforced by the focus that is given to technology as the answer to all ills. But we acknowledge the label that has been stuck on this field and, of course, we recognise that technology will play a significant role going forward.

We believe that as engineers we are ideally positioned to provide evidence based advice and design in this field. But we also believe that the real solutions go beyond pure technology with issues relating to governance, sustainable business opportunities, sense of place, resilience and future proofing (to name a few) needing equal weight and consideration. Whilst the problems associated with urbanization are generally understood from civic leaders to citizens, appropriate mitigation is less well defined. Our Living City approach is straightforward; we need to create successful cities for the future. It is the balancing of social, environmental, economic opportunities resulting from urbanization through best-in-class planning, design and construction whilst integrating technology to underpin all elements of the urban domain. We broadly group these issues into the following:

At BuroHappold, we consider our purpose is to enable our clients to achieve a more sustainable future by creating solutions that enhance their business and enrich people’s lives, harnessing the experience and passion of our people to make places that deliver more but use less. We support this approach by undertaking cutting edge research, either independently or linked to top tier universities, to ensure that the need for design against current policy and delivery of viable solutions is underpinned by forward thinking that is able to anticipate and respond future change.

We believe that this ambition is essential in facing up to the huge challenges confronting the planet as societies develop, urbanization spreads, populations grow, climate change impacts on the environment and the reserve of natural resources on which many economies currently depends reduces at an alarming rate. We believe that we can and must all play our part in helping to reshape a healthier, safer and more sustainable future for mankind.

Living Cities is an arena which requires all of the many strengths of BuroHappold to be deployed and engaged in an integrated and holistic way in order to deliver thoughtful, effective and valuable consultancy. Technology is moving fast – the last great idea is rapidly overtaken by any number of innovative new ideas clamouring for recognition.


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17/05/2011

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13/06/2014

Detroit’s economic and population decline, driven by changes in the US auto and wider manufacturing industry, is a globally recognized story - as are the social, employment and urban consequences for those who remain in the city.

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13/08/2012

Living PlanIT, a technology company which focuses on the development of innovative and sustainable “smart” urban environments, engaged BuroHappold to develop the business and physical plan for a “Smart City” outside Porto, in Portugal. The municipality of Paredes is to be the location for this world class new town, called “PlanIT Valley”.

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13/08/2012

The Arriyadh Region forms a strong focus of demographic and economic growth within Saudi Arabia. Inflows of people and investment into the region have been matched by projects for the development of infrastructure, buildings and services. These projects have been initiated by a wide range of actors from national and local government and the private sector, in response to real perceived need and market demand.

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13/08/2012

BuroHappold is currently working on the 70 acre development in the Imbi area fronting Jalan Tun Razak. The Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) is a key enabler to strengthen the position of Kuala Lumpur as the global financial city of choice. TRX aims to bring together leading financial institutions and top global companies to create a catalytic pool of world-class players. 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is the Master Developer for TRX.

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13/08/2012

Built in the 1930s and last used in 1980, the High Line was a little known and long abandoned stretch of elevated railroad that spanned Manhattan’s meatpacking district, when an initiative to determine the fate of the line began in 1999. 

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25/05/2011

Completed in July 2006, Palestra was constructed as a speculative commercial office building, aimed to appeal to the high end of the London office market. The original project was designed by Alsop architects, with BuroHappold...

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Key People

Andrew Comer

Partner

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Robert Moyser

Project Director

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