Connected Cities Blog Shares AECOM Insights for an Improved Urban Future

Connected Cities Blog Shares AECOM Insights for an Improved Urban Future

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Monday, March 3, 2014 - 8:00am

CAMPAIGN: Cities for People

CONTENT: Press Release

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 3, 2014 /3BL Media/ — As part of a sharpened focus on urban issues globally, AECOM offers its Connected Cities blog to share its professional city-related knowledge and advance the dialogue around how to improve the world’s urban areas.

The Connected Cities blog reflects AECOM’s expertise and experience in urban planning and design, civil infrastructure engineering, environmental stewardship, architecture and building engineering, landscape architecture, and project management and delivery. It offers a platform to discuss new approaches to current and future urban challenges.

“Cities are the future,” said Jason Prior, chief executive for AECOM’s global buildings + places practice.  “More than half of the people around the world live in cities.  They consume most of our natural resources and generate most of our culture and wealth.  There is a tremendous challenge in tackling the problems cities face, with growing populations, decreasing equity, aging infrastructure, and degraded natural environments.  But there is a tremendous opportunity to configure places that are healthy for millions of people and use our planet’s resources more wisely.

“We’re extending the intellectual capital we apply to our projects in an open forum where we can learn from each other, and others can learn from us.  We invite lively dialogue to advance these ideas.”

With 64 posts from 40 authors since June 2013, the blog comes at the urban question from all angles.  From topic to topic and voice to voice, posts range from reflective to instructive, technical to philosophical. 

Readers will find the hot topics, such as urban agriculture, climate change adaptation, and cycling.  They will also discover the lesser-known, such as nanotechnology, living walls, or what makes a bridge more than a bridge.

Most authors are AECOM practitioners, with a few guest posts from the likes of Stephen Reinstein, CEO of Long Beach Judicial Partners, with whom AECOM helped create the Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse, and Michael Haggerty, a masters student at Harvard Graduate School of Design, who participated in AECOM’s Urban SOS competition.

Keep an eye on the Connected Cities blog for new content each week. Contact the blog’s managing editor with questions.



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