With more than 25 years of experience, AECOM Indonesia Urban Designer Sacha Schwarzkopf’s expertise extends from planning and conceptual design through schematic design and construction administration.
His range of projects extends from hospitality and civic to large educational facilities and new towns, facilitating overall conceptual development and aiding the collaborative process within an integrated studio environment. He talks to Construction+ about transportation and construction as part of AECOM’s signature projects.
What are the main concerns and issues when we talk about transportation design and planning?
During the World Economic Forum 2019, AECOM publicised the Future of Infrastructure (FOI) report, marking the beginning of a series of important conversations involving the public and private sectors, governments and the people they serve in cities around the world. AECOM reached out to 10,750 people across 10 major global cities to share their views on how satisfied, safe, inspired and engaged they are with their infrastructure networks and services.
We found that while every city has its own distinct story, there are shared views and experiences that people have around the world. This includes frustration with public transportation and a desire for cities to be greener, safer and better connected. They also share an interest in how infrastructure systems are planned, paid for, developed and operated. We believe these will be useful in advancing public engagement, leading to progress in modernising the infrastructure systems that power economies and improve lives.
Two priorities stand out for residents of our 10 global cities (Hong Kong, Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, London, Riyadh, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto) when thinking about future infrastructure: upgrading public transportation and enhancing environmental sustainability. A cleaner environment is paramount in cities where air quality has been notoriously poor. The Green improvements wanted by residents include more widespread and affordable use of solar power (and the use of feed-in tariffs), more green spaces, and more waste and wastewater recycling.
When asked to name the technologies that will have a big impact on their future quality of life, survey respondents ranked solar power a close second behind high-speed fiber‑optic broadband. When it comes to transportation, residents of Chicago, Los Angeles and Sydney—where private cars are the main form of local transport—would channel future spending first and foremost towards improving the road network. By contrast, those in New York, Toronto and Hong Kong, where people are more reliant on mass transit, would prioritise spending on improving their underground metro systems.
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