This document showcases Foresight's range of practices, methods, tools and techniques that help organisations actively explore, shape and manage the future.
An Introduction to Corporate Foresight
Roadmap for Safer Schools is a technical assistance program that targets countries where there is an ongoing or proposed investment in education infrastructure.
Roadmap for Safer Schools
The Characteristics of Safer Schools is based on a review of best practice literature and Arup’s experience designing, delivering and evaluating schools.
Characteristics of Safer Schools
The Drivers of Change app features a collection of over 250 emerging trends, innovations and questions that are shaping our future, from climate change and urbanisation to energy and food. With its visually-led interface, this unique digital platform helps users explore and engage with the issues shaping the future of the built environment.
Drivers of Change App
This document introduces the City of Bristol’s resilience strategy looking forward 50 years to 2066.
Bristol Resilience Strategy
Deadline 2020: How cities will get the job done provides an analysis of the contribution that the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) cities need to make to deliver the Paris Agreement’s objective of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.
Deadline 2020: How cities will get the job done
Better Decisions is the first output of a pilot study led by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, funded by Novo Nordisk and undertaken by Arup.
Arup’s report for the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change indicates the levelised cost of renewable electricity generation has fallen across a range of technologies.
Renewable electricity generation cost report
The Heat Network Detailed Project Development Resource is a specialised package of guidance to address some of the complex financial, commercial and delivery considerations when developing heat networks.
Heat Network Detailed Project Development Resource
This report summarises the key sustainability trends influencing the industry and outlines more than 20 opportunities to accelerate towards more sustainable aviation.
Change in the air: creating a sustainable aviation industry
This research report summarises our findings into the emerging business opportunities around planned airport regions.
The Future of Airports and Real Estate Opportunities
This framework guides efforts to build urban resilience that support children, youth, girls and boys.
Child-Centred Urban Resilience Framework
This paper has been prepared for the 2016 World Energy Congress and investigates five emerging urban energy innovations which hold the potential to substantially steer transition of the energy agenda in urban areas.
Perspective input into the World Energy Council Scenarios: "Innovating Urban Ene...
The report outlines recommendations to help London’s public-asset owners, service providers and their partners build ever stronger business cases for adapting their assets to the growing climate risk.
Managing London’s Exposure to Climate Change
This research aims to help decision-makers deliver better mobility infrastructure in their cities through an improved understanding of the impact of mobility/infrastructure on wellbeing.
Health + Mobility
Our research outlines key principles of the circular economy, using the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s ReSOLVE framework to explore and contextualise practical applications in the built environment.
Circular Economy in the Built Environment
Arup’s Future Proofing City studies capture our work in nine cities in four African countries – Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique and Uganda.
Future Cities Africa - Future Proofing Cities
This research carried out by Arup and Siemens provides an insight into the world of decentralized energy with a special focus on economic viability and wider co-benefits of DES investment.
Distributed Energy Systems: Flexible and Efficient Power for the New Energy Era
The Department for Transport commissioned this report in support of the development of the Rail Freight Strategy, to understand the future growth potential in the UK rail freight market and the scope for modal shift from road to rail.
Future potential for modal shift in the UK rail freight market
Through a multi-disciplinary approach, experts from eight skill networks around the world cross-examine how green building envelopes can reduce energy consumption, improve air quality and the health and well-being of city inhabitant’s.
Cities Alive: Green Building Envelope
This document introduces the City of Glasgow’s resilience strategy for 2016-2020. It is the first fully integrated response to resilience in Scotland and the first resilience strategy to be developed in the United Kingdom as part of 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by the Rockefeller (100RC).
Our Resilient Glasgow
Most climate change impacts in cities will be felt through the increase of extreme weather events such as heatwaves and floods. This report focuses on how these global trends are affecting London, New York and Shanghai.
SHARPER: Seasonal health and resilience for ageing urban populations and environ...
This document proposes a roadmap for the sustainable regeneration of land in Europe and helps to define the importance of the brownfields for new developments in cities, helping answer the challenges raised.
Sustainable regeneration of unused transportation territories
The 2015/16 Global Water Annual Review provides an overview of Arup’s water business activities over the past year and features examples of our work across the water cycle.
Global Water Annual Review 2015/16
With a growing desire to create more liveable streets, a light needs to be shone upon the benefits of walking as a catalyst for developing sustainable, healthy, prosperous and attractive cities.
Cities Alive: Towards a walking world
In Towards the delivery of a national residential energy efficiency programme, we propose a series of steps that will enable the UK to halve its residential energy consumption.
Towards the delivery of a national residential energy efficiency programme
The Future of Urban Water programme depicts four plausible scenarios for the future of urban water in 2040 and used Manila and São Paulo as reference cities in 2015.
The Future of Urban Water workshops: Metro Manila, the Philippines and Sao Paulo
This report examines how seven cities on four continents are addressing sustainability and the role of technology in defining ‘green’ priorities and accelerating progress.
Greentech in the City Whitepaper
The report explains how the numerical scenarios, generated as part of the Foresight Future of Cities project, were prepared, with graphical illustrations of the results for regional groupings of cities.
The derivation of projection-based scenarios for UK cities
The strategy introduces a series of comprehensive goals and actions for building resilience in Byblos that respond to the physical, environmental, economic, societal and political challenges facing the city.
Find out how 7see, a new Arup research model helps us understand the relationship between economic activity and carbon emissions.
A new lens: How Arup's 7see framework can create useful scenarios for low-carbon...
This study was commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA) to explore the market opportunity for digital solutions to help address London’s challenges.
Smart city opportunities for London
This document introduces the Municipality of Vejle’s resilience strategy for 2016-2020.
Vejle Resilience Strategy
The FoAT Report identifies five key elements of the air travel experience as the ones vital to a renewed vision of aviation.
Future of Air Travel
This paper explores smart cities projects that have taken place in Denmark looking at four very different Danish cities.
Growing smart cities in Denmark
This full-day Charrette with New London Architecture was convened to help inform thinking around the next iteration of the London Plan in the run up to a new Mayoral term.
Re-inventing the London Plan
This report, prepared by Arup and C40, presents evidence of cities’ potential for future climate action and establishes a framework to characterise the challenges that cities face.
Potential for Climate Action
Cities Alive workshop cards communicate 100 issues that cities will face in the future.
Cities Alive: 100 issues shaping future cities
Resilience is now recognised as a critical agenda for urban development. These tools provide cities with a comprehensive, accessible and technically robust basis for assessing and measuring resilience at a city scale that is globally applicable.
City Resilience Index
This report investigates the use of digital technologies for citizen engagement in climate action, aiming to understand how cities are using digital platforms, social media, open data, crowdsourcing and other engagement tools to create truly participative solutions and unlock climate action.
Polisdigitocracy: Digital Technology, Citizen Engagement and Climate Action
Climate Action in Megacities (CAM 3.0) looks at how the world’s greatest cities are forging a pathway to low carbon and climate resilient development, recognising climate risks and taking more action on climate adaptation, as well as mitigation.
Climate Action in Megacities (CAM 3.0)
Multiple nature based solutions to regulate Madrid’s urban environmet and tackle the global concern of climate change.
Madrid + Natural
‘Arup in Cities’ provides clients and collaborators with a pathway into Arup’s wealth of integrated skills and knowledge related to cities.
Arup in Cities
The Australian Water Association and Arup surveyed Australians nation-wide to understand consumers’ views about water in and produced the 2015 Water Consumer Outlook.
Australian Water Consumer Outlook
‘Shaping ageing cities’ is a comparative overview of the performance of 10 European cities, according to ageing data.
Shaping Ageing Cities
Arup is collaborating with C40 to develop a classification of city-specific climate hazards to help cities reduce their climate risk.
City Climate Hazard Taxonomy
Resilient Urban Mobility is the second in a series produced by Arup and Siemens addressing resilient infrastructure in cities.
Resilient Urban Mobility - a case study of integrated transport in Ho Chi Minh C...
Our water team share their activities and insights for 2014/15 in an interactive PDF download.
Global Water Annual Review 2015
This report brings to light significant trends that will influence the future of public, academic and corporate libraries and outlines the implications on their design, operation and user experience.
This report explores the complex interplay between the power that city governments hold, the governance and decision making structure in which they operate, and the actions they are able to take to address climate change.
Powering Climate Action: Cities as Global Changemakers
Our Research Review summarises our research projects and is available as an interactive PDF document.
Global Water Research Review 2014-2015
This report explores the future of the factory from three different angles: people, production and space.
Rethinking the Factory
Shifting current thinking and design and fabrication practice to improve resource efficiency will be central to delivering a circular economy. The built environment has an important role to play, and building façades represent an interesting opportunity within this.
Façade design for the circular economy
Intelligent Connectivity for Seamless Urban Mobility explores a future vision for urban mobility which includes new choices for individual trip-making, better information for smarter decision-making, and system optimization to utilize infrastructure efficiently.
Intelligent Connectivity for Seamless Urban Mobility
Understanding the forces that will shape tomorrow’s roads is key to radically rethinking travel and future-proofing highways.
Future of Highways
This report analyses the spending patterns of eight major UK cities to gain an understanding of how much cities are paying for technology, as well as considering whether this expenditure is ‘smart’.
Delivering the Smart City
This report seeks to provide an overview of the scale and nature of the decommissioning market in the next decade highlighting areas where there are potential bottlenecks in the supply chain.
Decommissioning in the North Sea
Arup International Development have just completed some research on behalf of DFID and International Organisation for Migration on flood resilient shelter in southern Pakistan.
Improved Shelters for Responding to Floods in Pakistan
'The Future of Urban Water: Scenarios for Water Utilities in 2040' depicts four plausible scenarios for the future of urban water utilities in 2040.
The Future of Urban Water
Half the world’s population are already living in urban areas, and making cities work better is a critical challenge for this century.
Solutions for cities: An analysis of the feasibility studies from the Future Cit...
This paper identifies the main approaches to working with data for architects, urban designers and planners.
Designing with data: shaping our future cities
This report, identifies the factors which contribute to urban heat risk, and has developed approaches and responses to address these factors.
Reducing urban heat risk
The Future of Rail 2050 is a thought piece created by Arup Rail and Foresight + Research + Innovation, with input from contributors from across the world.
Future of Rail 2050
What expectations will students have in the future and how will they want to learn?
Campus of the Future
What will tomorrow’s workforce look like and what will it want?
Foresight: Living Workplace
This report, produced by the Future Cities Catapult and Arup, sets out the UK’s strengths in the global market for urban solutions.
Future Cities: UK Capabilities For Urban Innovation
CoreNet Global and Arup deliver tool for corporations to compare sustainability programmes globally.
International Sustainability Systems Comparison
How operational and information technologies can help cities move towards a more sustainable model of urban mobility.
Urban mobility in the smart city age
How can the built environment, health and social care services meet the needs of the ageing global population? By 2050 there will be more older people (aged 60 plus) than children under 15 years old.
Ambient Assisted Living
How are Italian metropolitan cities promoting sustainable development? This report reviews activity and opportunities; it makes recommendations for improvement.
Smart actions in Italian metropolitan cities
Meaningful lighting design for cities, people and places.
Lighting in the Urban Age
Resilience is the capacity of a city to respond to shocks and stresses. This framework is a tool through which cities can build resilience.
City Resilience Framework
Cities Alive addresses global issues such as climate change, urban population growth, resource scarcity and risk of urban flooding.
Cities Alive: Rethinking green infrastructure
Delivering Successful Projects in a Changing World: Building Resilience by Building Capacity.
Quick reference guide for successful project delivery
Use Classes Order
This report makes available our technical review of Muslim Aid’s housing programme following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
The People of Aceh
Identifying the important trends behind new consumer behaviours and examining their impact on future retail environments and services.
The Future of Retail
This report examines the opportunities for information and communications technologies to shape the cities of the future.
Essential reading for anyone working in shelter and human settlement, this review explains how the sector functions.
Shelter and Settlements Sector - Key Actor Analysis and Knowledge Management Rev...
The innovations and measures implemented by eight Nordic cities leading the world in urban sustainability.
Nordic Solutions for Sustainable Cities
Case studies of research work we have completed with collaborators around the world – from bioreactive façades to computational fluid dynamics.
Research Review 2012
Created with input from clients, collaborators and our own teams, the roadmap provides a common framework for research at Arup.
Research Roadmap 2013
Assessing the impact on water scarcity of 40 initiatives from around the world, using the innovative framework we created.
Managing Water Use in Scarce Environments - a catalogue of case studies
This collaborative report explores the energy and economic potential of liquid air, which can be used to store energy.
Liquid Air Energy Report
Illustrating the practicalities of delivering a successful reconstruction programme, such as that following the 2004 tsunami.
Lessons from Aceh
An in-depth look at how technology-enabled cities can meet the challenge of growing urbanisation.
Information Marketplaces: The new economics of cities
A call to arms, this report outlines the strategic research programmes the built environment industry needs to pursue.
ICT and Automation (ICTA) Scoping Study Research reports
For this report we researched key performance indicators for sustainability reporting and applied them to six industries.
From Transparency to Performance
The culmination of a year-long research project into delivery models and funding mechanisms, this report will guide organisations implementing retrofit.
Delivering and funding housing retrofit
Copenhagen shows cities how to drive economic development while enhancing the environment and quality of life for residents.
Copenhagen - Solutions for Sustainable Cities
A comprehensive analysis of what the mayors of the C40 megacities are doing to tackle climate change.
Climate Action in Megacities
The world’s first carbon footprint standard can help businesses increase efficiency and reduce costs while aiding decision-making for consumers.
Carbon Management PAS 2050
Raising the cost of carbon could encourage organisations to pursue both economic and environmental goals.
A growing concern - how should business adapt to a low carbon world?
A collection of the ten short-listed entries from the Resilient Cities 2012 competition for students and graduates, which we co-hosted.
Visions of a Resilient City
The latest thinking on the issues and solutions surrounding organisational security.
Key Dimensions of Organisational Security
Drivers of Change is a research-based publication developed by Arup to help its business and clients identify and explore leading factors which will affect our world in the future. The cards are a vibrant, visual record of our research and a tool for developing business strategy, brainstorming and education.
Drivers of Change
This short guide gives a brief outline of the different types of electricity storage technologies. It also looks at their advantages/disadvantages and how they are applied.
Five minute guide to electricity storage
The report 'Museums in the Digital Age' envisages a dynamic future for museums.
Museums in the digital age
Advice and best practice for the seven aspects of water resource management and flood resilience that cities should consider as part of their climate change strategies.
Urban Life Water Resilience For Cities
Developed in workshops across Arup, our research roadmap defines areas in which we will look to commission and fund research.
Research Roadmap 2010