design

Looking to history to shape a modern performance venue

Arup’s Alban Bassuet describes the acoustic design of the Greek National Opera at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, which incorporates lessons gathered from historic venues in Greece and around…

Considering the quake

Arup and SOFTlab created a large-scale sculpture to help communicate the concepts behind earthquake engineering for the Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge exhibition at the New York…

Bridges in the sky

Sky bridges are a growing trend in contemporary tall building design. More than mere pedestrian links, these often-immense structures provide formal distinction, expanded means of egress, increased floor area, and…

On usefulness and international development

Stefan Kohler helps lead Arup’s International Development group, which collaborates with development and community organizations to provide technical and managerial expertise in communities around the world. Founded three years ago,…

Energy and policy in Massachusetts

Two years ago, Massachusetts launched one of the United States’ most aggressive building energy conservation initiatives, the Accelerated Energy Program. I spoke with Jenna Ide, deputy director of the state’s Energy…

Understanding fire risk in tall timber buildings

The development of highly sophisticated new wood products, combined with the design industry’s growing commitment to sustainability, has led to increasing interest in tall timber structures. However, building codes and regulations…

Drive change

Architects Situ Studio are helping young nonprofit Drive Change address issues of social justice through the design of a food truck that will be run by formerly incarcerated youth. We…

Innovations in concrete, past and future

Tabitha Tavolaro, a structural engineer in Arup’s New York office, has spent the past 12 years working on large-scale concrete projects ranging from skyscrapers in earthquake-prone Mexico City to university…