BuroHappold Engineering

Engineering the Future




























Monday 20 April, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Location: 71 Newman Street, London W1T 3EQ

The population of London is set to increase  by nearly 40%  by 2030 and will place great stress on existing transport , housing and energy supply systems. If London is to retain its attractiveness then the quality of life of its citizens has to be maintained. The  challenge  to us as engineers is to harness innovations in digital technology to develop solutions which are  sustainable and resilient and above all integrated. Digital technologies and open systems of big data have the potential to allow us  to plan, design and operate our city and the buildings within it to the benefit of all citizens. We are keen to share the ideas  and innovation  that we have been implementing in London and around the world to  drive real change to people’s lives at the  product,  building, city levels. Our exhibition brings together a number of talented young designers s from across our practice  in one space who will give a series of interactive presentations followed by opportunities to debate with the presenters and vote for the innovation which will have the biggest impact on our city.

The Future of City Infrastructure
Prioritising  the flow of the people-  how do we develop multiple modes of transport without competing for space?  

Future of Urban Data Analysis
Using digital tools to develop models which  predict the density of different neighbourhoods in a city.

Future of Urban Evacuation
The public space is porous and populated by people with various destinations and origins. What happens when we need to evacuate this space?

The Future of Cities Growth
Can we predict neighbourhood attractiveness? A case study of the Future Riyadh project.

Future of Healthcare
Does the NHS need more money, more space or smaller hospitals? Can real-time data help hospitals use space more intelligently?

The Future of Rail Stations
Evaluating train station user experience by  developing  an  qualitative feedback concept.

The Future of City Parks
We all know that green cities in urban centres promote wellbeing but can we build an evidence base to support the theory and embed green infrastructure more widely ? .

The Future of Building Performance
Creating a digital model to understand  several interrelated performance objectives - one optimal solution does not exist, instead the issue becomes how to select the most desired trade-offs from a collection of good solutions.

The future of Building User Interfaces: Sensors to understand people’s experience
One day buildings will read our emotions. For now, content yourself with understanding how heart rate and skin conductivity can be used to find out about how people react to the ambient conditions of buildings.

Future of Interactive Energy
Demand prediction and optimising “piezoelectric panels”  in mass transit applications

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The Interactive Incubator in action!
Last month BuroHappold put their interactive event to the test inhouse. Now is your chance to join the conversation at Green Sky Thinking Week. BuroHappold will present 10 'stations', each presenting new technological and design innovations for you to test out and challenge.

EventInAction FutureOfBuildingsAndCities from Open-City Architecture on Vimeo.


'The Living City: The Role of Technology in Planning, Design and Constructing More Sustainable Cities'
Andrew Comer, Partner and Director at BuroHappold Enginering writes his views in 'The British Papers: Current Thinking on Sustainable City Design' newly published by RIBA Bookshops.

The British Papers is a collection of invited essays and opinions from architectural and urban design leaders, as a snapshot of current thinking and approaches to sustainable city-making.

This series of essays brings together the thoughts of leading figures in the industry – including Richard Rogers, Sir Terry Farrell, and Judit Kimpian – to share their particular viewpoints about latest design thinking. This wide ranging collection of essays look at how our history, culture and identity anchor us in place and time.

View on RIBA Bookshops