Urban Challenge

Urban areas are where all the world’s challenges converge. We want to contribute to creating cities that are healthy, enjoyable and resilient places to live; where people have access to clean drinking water, food, energy, housing, safety, health services, recreation and transportation. We want to connect with people who feel as strongly about addressing the urban challenges as we do.

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Africa’s infrastructure development: racing tortoises

Urban 5 May 2017

In the ancient paradox of Achilles and the Tortoise, the story goes that, Achilles, a great athlete, makes a terrible error, giving the Tortoise a 100 yard head start in a race.

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Optimising logistics in healthcare

Urban 10 Jan 2017

The term ‘logistics’ in healthcare is an interesting and commonly used concept. Depending on your hospital’s involvement, it can either add value or be viewed as a burden to staff and other users of the facility.

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A healthier hospital with more clout

Urban 14 Nov 2016

Due to better performing and more profitable buildings, installations and medical equipment, you unite healthy business management with higher quality, more accessible and affordable healthcare.


The hospital of the future - will we really need doctors?

Urban 29 Sep 2016

The need for doctors in a hospital is one of the most frequently asked questions when speaking about today’s hospitals and how they will look in the future. In all walks of life, it is near impossible for us to predict what the future holds, albeit that we know that the only constant is change. The hospital of the future is no exception.


Breaking down the barriers in UK healthcare

Urban 14 Jul 2016

Healthcare has been in my life from the day I was born, and working as a professional in the industry, I continue to come across new challenges faced in healthcare today across the globe.


Master Planning for Airport Cities: the factors of success

Urban 1 Jun 2016

Airports are much more than aviation infrastructures. They have become multi-modal, multifunctional enterprises generating considerable commercial development within and well beyond their boundaries. Airport regions are developed as a ‘brand image’ also attracting non-airport linked business.


A brave new digital world? How water management is quickly becoming digitized

Urban 25 May 2016

It is more apparent now than ever that the world of water management is quickly becoming digitized. The developments that we are seeing in technology are exciting. It’s clear that we have a wealth of information at our disposal which can be valuable in the context of asset management. The developments we’ve seen so far are just the beginning. The possibilities are endless.


3 steps to integrated hospital design in the Middle East

Urban 17 May 2016

Developments in healthcare continue to move very fast – and that’s the same whether you’re in Europe, America or in the Middle East. The challenge the industry faces is to understand how we can best offer integrated hospital design with the ultimate aim of providing a great patient experience in hospitals across the globe which is also beneficial for the hospital owner.


Perspectives: Making cities future proof

Urban 12 May 2016

On the 14th of April 2016, during the Dutch EU Presidency, Amsterdam hosted the Innovation Expo. Over 5,500 thought leaders, government and captains of industry came together to share their thoughts and insights into innovative solutions for our urban environment.


Don’t overlook logistics if you’re serious about reducing hospital costs

Urban 20 Apr 2016

Increased demand on hospital budgets comes from every direction – more patients, more specialised equipment, more complex problems, more elderly people. How vital therefore to find ways to exert a downward pressure on costs. That’s why optimising logistics flows is an important focus in design.


Designing for dementia: a new approach for residential care homes

Urban 13 Apr 2016

Where do you see yourself living when you are 85? I ask this question a lot and, without exception, the response is never social care housing. Why not? Why aren’t we building social care housing that you and I would want to live in when we are old?


Why technical understanding is essential in political policymaking

Urban 13 Apr 2016

Public policy is crucial in determining how people and businesses interact with each other and the world we live in. The focus is on ethics and sustainability, for the good of the world. It is vital that technological skill and insights are a fundamental part of climate change implementations


Engineering under scrutiny - how sciences are re-defining the status quo

Urban 26 Jan 2016

When my uncle started working for local Dutch engineers Hasselt & De Koning in 1965, the reputation of engineers and their knowledge was more or less undisputed.


Water as catalyst for improved quality of urban life

Urban 18 Jan 2016

By focusing on how water can contribute to enhancing society as a whole, water professionals need to leave their comfort zone and put themselves in someone else’s shoes. It also requires having the courage to let go of the familiar and accept a certain amount of uncertainty.


Your own industrial innovation campus

Urban 3 Jan 2016

For today’s businesses, it is crucial to work together on innovation with other firms and organisations. Co-creation and co-development with partner firms, institutions and universities are essential for being successful.


A tailored approach to asset management: when is outsourcing right for you

Urban 15 Dec 2015

We constantly rely on a whole range of assets which enable our day-to-day lives - whether that’s the bridge you drive over on your way to work, the railway tracks that enable your commute, or the pipes and wider water system that delivers fresh water to your home.


Healthcare property as a strategic asset

Urban 30 Nov 2015

How many hospitals will disappear in the next ten years? Rumour has it that a great ‘shake out’ under mainly smaller hospitals is anticipated. Healthcare managers are faced with many uncertainties over which they have little control, such as political decision-making or demographic and economic developments.


Market research for urban master plans put the strategy at the core

Urban 25 Nov 2015

Programming new urban developments demands a solid basis. Statistical sources and market information play a crucial role in this. It might be expected that statistical data should be available from one central point, but the reality is often very different in developing economies. Another approach is needed in these situations.


Success factors for Science and Technology Parks

Urban 11 Nov 2015

“Many have come to view science parks as a type of ‘silver bullet’ with the capability of dramatically improving a region or community's ability to compete in the global technology and innovation economy. The reality, however, is far more complex.”


Site design for Science Parks

Urban 11 Nov 2015

“The 21st century science park once again regards the built environment as vital, not as an end in itself but as an aid to the process of creativity, interaction and innovation,” John Allen said during one of the IASP conferences. This calls for new types of buildings, high-quality landscaping and the availability of a great range of services.


A sustainable real estate portfolio pays off!

Urban 14 Sep 2015

In recent years there is a tendency amongst real estate owners to get a better grip on the sustainability performance of their portfolio. A sustainable real estate portfolio is after all better prepared for stricter ESG obligations, less affected by increasing energy prices and has more satisfied users.

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Security first, at all times

Urban 25 Aug 2015

There’s a big difference between feeling safe and being safe. In many organisations and institutions, safety & security are cost items people often cut back on.


What makes a Smart City Smart

Urban 30 Jun 2015

Smart cities are all the rage when it comes to addressing the urban challenge. But what does it actually mean to be smart as a city? Is it really all about the technology? We need to redefine what constitutes a "Smart City".


Where have all the big ports gone

Urban 24 Jun 2015

We have seen massive changes in the global economy affecting the distribution and volume of port markets in the UK, as well as changes to the regulatory framework and to the individuals in many of the organisations at the front line of water’s edge development.


High-speed innovation for the chemicals industry

Urban 11 Jun 2015

Europe’s chemical industry is coming under increasing pressure from countries outside of the Euro Zone as it tries to adapt to the changing market demands.


Data Centre Facility vs ICT Professionals

Urban 22 May 2015

Two distinct ‘blood groups’ work at today’s data centres: data centre Facility Management (FM) and data centre ICT professionals (ICT Pros).


EIAs and International ESIAs in Former Soviet Union Countries

Urban 21 May 2015

One of the challenges for environmental specialists of the ex-Former Soviet Union countries (ex-FSU) is looking at the EIA/ESIA process from both the international and National requirements point of view.


Focus on collection and visitor provides opportunities for sustainability

Urban 18 May 2015

Museums have become increasingly aware of sustainability issues in recent years, as reflected by the certificates they have obtained like BREEAM and LEED.


It’s all about the farming – asset management for real estate

Urban 30 Apr 2015

All the players in the world of Real Estate have very different perspectives regarding buildings as assets.


Fragmented management creates major property risks

Urban 31 Mar 2015

Financial institutions often see housing as self-evident but ‘non-core’. With the exception of the prestigious head office, office buildings are often at the bottom of the agenda. Is that justified?


Cities: people before project

Urban 30 Oct 2014

By 2050, 66% of the world’s population will live in urban areas, meaning our cities need to prepare themselves for another 2.5 billion people.


Shared entrepreneurship in the circular economy

Urban 22 Sep 2014

Will there really be a circular economy? My answer is yes, although there are still many hurdles to clear.


Urban densification - the sky is the limit

Urban 11 Sep 2014

Although expansions on top of buildings are quite common, there are possibilities not seen by most clients, architects and engineers.


India's urban future

Urban 3 Jul 2014

One third of the population of India lives in urban areas, but by 2050 that figure is expected to increase to half the total population.


Blending policy and practice for a better environment

Urban 3 Jun 2014

This month, the 25th anniversary of the first Dutch National Environment Policy Plan, providing us with a great opportunity to reflect on our contributions to the global environment.


Creating experience through engineering

Urban 15 Apr 2014

In my experience, people tend to assume that engineers are inherently rational, logical and methodical; creating quantitative solutions to meet the needs of our clients.


Innovation: where reality matches rhetoric

Urban 10 Feb 2014

Google the word ‘innovation’ and you’ll get 117 billion returns from a mix of different service, private, and public sector organisations all staking their claim to innovation.