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Cities Alive – In our mission to Shape a Better World we must shape better cities.

Cities Alive takes a human-centred approach to rethinking how we should design and manage cities in the future. It provides an integrated focus on the experience of cities and the global challenges that are impacting the lives of everyday citizens. We recognise the importance of a city’s inhabitants and we explore the relationships between design, processes, spaces and people. Cities Alive is an invitation to collaboratively shape our urban future.

The thought-provoking series of global research and events explores the social, technological, environmental, economic and political drivers shaping future cities across the globe. Whether it is tackling population growth, climate change, air pollution or urbanisation, we are focused on exploring the issues faced by cities, based on stakeholder engagement, evidence, problem solving and research. Current areas of research include the future role and application of green infrastructure, emerging opportunities around lighting and night-time design, and a focus on city walkability.

Towards a walking world

In our new report, Cities Alive: Towards a walking world, we shine a light on walking, and the impact walkability has on the success of a city. In particular, we highlight the opportunity for cities to embrace walking in response to some of the significant societal, environmental and market challenges they are facing.


With a collaboration of leading thinkers, investors, lobbyists, solutions providers and policy makers, we bring together broad-minded individuals from a wide range of disciplines. Cities Alive encourages us to look beyond the constraints of our own specialisms and to make a positive difference for people. By combining expertise in all areas of urban design, cities can become more enjoyable, more sociable, safer, healthier and easier to get around.

London Olympics 2012 park.

Rethinking legacy for host cities

Major sporting and leisure events are under scrutiny like never before to deliver long term benefits for their host city, and the citizens within them. Discover how Arup is helping cities to design longer-lasting legacy.