Design Book: 50 city stories explored Design Book: 50 city stories explored



In the Design Book: 50 city stories explored, we bring together projects of all kinds delivered for and with cities around the world. We examine the ideas that help make great urban places – through design that is intelligent, beautiful, green, resilient, responsible and future-facing.

This is the ninth edition in Arup’s Design Book series. It focuses on the challenges that the world’s cities face, because they must tackle some of the world’s most pressing and diverse problems. To name a few, these include planning for and mitigating the effects of a changing climate; urbanisation; changing population shape; security of water, food and energy supply; an increasingly-mobile global population.

Through the book, we explore 50 stories of our work in cities, helping them to respond to these diverse needs.

The book also features input from four internationally-renowned commentators:
  • Judith Rodin – President of The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Edgar Pieterse – director of the African Center for Cities
  • Clover Moore – Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney
  • Thomas Heatherwick - British designer and the founder of London-based design practice Heatherwick Studio
“The urbanisation challenge is big, it is real and it is with us now. Future generations will live with how we handle it. At Arup, we have joined the challenge – with interventions large and small – to deliver better cities, in our ongoing mission to shape a better world.”

— Gregory Hodkinson, Arup Group Chairman