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Discover projects old and new and how the concept of Total Design plays a key part in everything Arup does.

Design Book: Total Design over time

Exploring fascinating projects past, present and future, Arup’s latest Design Book explains how the firm’s Total Design engineering and design philosophy continues to help shape a better world.

The latest Arup Design Book, Total Design over time, tells the story of a revolutionary idea. Ove Arup, one of the twentieth century’s most influential engineers, pioneered a new approach to how we design and build the world around us: Total Design.

By bringing together architecture, engineering and an ever-expanding roster of professional specialisms Total Design has been at the root of how Arup has delivered the most ambitious projects. Total Design over time will inspire designers, engineers, architects or anyone interested in the makings of the modern world.

Over its eight chapters the book demonstrates how collaborative design and engineering continue to shape our world. The often hidden role of the engineer is revealed in some of the world’s most complex infrastructure, buildings and challenges. You'll also see how we stay resolutely focused on the future.

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Explore Total Design at the V&A Museum

From 18 June – 6 November 2016, London’s V&A Museum is staging its first engineering season celebrating the positive role it plays in people’s lives. Centre stage will be Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design, a major retrospective on Ove Arup and the contributions he made to engineering, the work of our firm and how Arup continues to shape a better world.

Across 4,000 square feet, the V&A’s Porter Gallery features everything from rare models, prototypes and over 100 drawings to specially commissioned interactive displays, virtual reality and excerpts from Ove’s own writings.

Find out more about the exhibition.