infrastructure

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Dubai Plans Hyperloop Trains That Will Be Faster Than Planes

Hyperloop could cut travel times between Dubai and Abu Dhabi from two hours to 12 minutes.
Alex Gray | Formative Content

Humans have long been fascinated with travel. Wherever we are, we want to get somewhere else, and when we’ve gotten there, we want to get there faster. Concorde was once the world’s fastest commercial passenger jet, travelling at speeds of more than 2,000 kilometers per hour, more than twice the speed of sound. More recently, […]

Podcast: What’s Next for Green Energy?

Here’s why diversity is the best path forward for alternative fuels.

Click here to play podcast Today’s infrastructure, with its aging roads, bridges and ports, is arguably the largest hurdle for alternative fuels and the energy sources of tomorrow. Efficiency, technology and scale are also major barriers to the wider adoption of green energy. So what is the path forward? And how do we take an […]

An ‘All-of-the-Above’ Approach to U.S. Infrastructure

Investing in U.S. infrastructure may be one of the few bipartisan efforts that everyone can get behind.
Michele Nellenbach | Bipartisan Policy Center

Sarah Kline | Bipartisan Policy Center

In the days following the presidential election, infrastructure seemed a likely candidate for immediate action in 2017. President Donald Trump committed in his election night speech to rebuild our infrastructure so that it is “second to none.” Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle agreed that infrastructure should be high on the agenda. […]

Seeing Logistics in 3D

From hearing aids to jet engines, 3D printing is revolutionizing the world of manufacturing.
Alan Amling | UPS

Of all the ways 3D printing will change the world, the democratization of manufacturing is perhaps the most important. Think of it as the Uberization of manufacturing, where supply can be accessed anywhere in the world to produce goods at the click of button. This is a once-in-a-generation logistics opportunity, as so-called additive manufacturing will […]

How to Embed Sustainability Into U.S. Infrastructure

Public-private partnerships could hold the key to a chronic problem in the United States.
John Hodges | BSR

Since the U.S. election, there has been a lot of discussion about rebuilding America’s infrastructure — namely, its electricity, transportation and water and sewage systems. Elected officials of both parties, academics, industry associations and other experts agree that the United States has underspent on infrastructure for decades, leading to a slow deterioration. According to the […]

TED@UPS: What If More Expensive Isn’t Better?

When it comes to healthcare, how can we do more with less?
Jan Denecker | UPS

As medicine advances, so does the complexity and price of healthcare. Jan Denecker takes the stage at TED@UPS to share three ways the modern healthcare industry can learn to do more with less.  Jan shares his story in his TED@UPS talk featured below.    Click here to learn more about Jan.  

Better Bridges, Better Lives

In the near future, bridges won't just be bridges anymore.
Terry D. Bennett | Autodesk

There’s no shortage of iconic bridges in the world: Golden Gate, Brooklyn, (London) Tower, Pont du Gard, Chengyang, Millau Viaduct, Rialto. But have you ever heard of a bridge comprising a performance amphitheater, a café, picnic gardens, waterfalls and interactive art installations? It’s no fantasy. The winning design (by OMA + OLIN) for the 11th […]

Paving the Path to a More Productive Society

The U.S needs to invest $3.3 trillion on new infrastructure to support expected economic growth out to 2030. It's time to get started.
Jan Mischke | McKinsey Global Institute

Bruce Upbin | Hyperloop One

Sixty years ago, the U.S. embarked on one of the greatest public works projects since the Roman Empire: the Interstate Highway System. It was a bonanza of productivity for an American economy emerging with brawn from World War II, at one period yielding an annual return of 54 cents for every dollar spent. But in […]

Smart Cities and a Borderless World: What If Maps Revealed Infrastructure, Not Borders?

Why there should be more emphasis on regional infrastructure and less on political borders.
Taz Loomans | Communitecture Architecture, Planning, and Design

When Parag Khanna’s mother was eight months pregnant, she signed a slew of waivers to be allowed on an airplane. It turned out to be the most turbulent flight of her life, and Khanna was almost born high above the man-made borders that define the modern world. So by coincidence or destiny, it’s fitting that […]

6 Powerful Lessons from the Transformation of Medellin

Medellin is considered a success because stakeholders understood the value of defending its existence.
Juan José Pocaterra | ViKua, Venezuela

Medellin, once a city ruled by crime, drug trafficking and domestic war in the last 20 years of the past century, has made it on to the list of the top 10 urban innovations. This may sound like a news headline but it is much more than that. It is the opening statement of a […]

Megacities Provide New Benefits to Humanity – and Pose Unique Challenges

As the world’s biggest cities get bigger, logistics and transportation networks in them aren’t keeping pace.
Andy Meek | The Guardian

Christopher Kennedy, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Toronto, has one suggestion for how the world can start to solve the problem of climate change: transform the world’s megacities. Megacities are teeming metropolises that have populations of at least 10 million people. They include Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi, where transportation […]

Rebooting America’s Infrastructure

America’s desperate need for modern infrastructure has come at a fortuitous moment.
Dambisa Moyo | Global Economist & Author

When a major highway bridge in California collapsed last month, the impact on the entire southwestern United States once again highlighted the country’s serious infrastructure problem. Indeed, in a sense, the world’s largest economy is falling apart. Ideological aversion to public-sector investment, together with the endemic short-term thinking of those who write budgets, has kept […]

These Countries Have the Best Infrastructure

Who built it best?
Paul Muggeridge | Formative Content

Well-developed infrastructure is critical to the strength of a country’s economy. Effective transport, power and communications networks create the conditions under which businesses grow and the wider economy functions effectively. The World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Report evaluates the infrastructure of 144 of the world’s economies on various measures – including the quality of road […]

How U.S.-Africa Trade Can Fight Hunger

Aligning U.S. trade and development policies would help alleviate hunger in Africa — and benefit America’s economy.
Andrea Durkin | Sparkplug

Two-thirds of Africans work in the food and agriculture sector — yet one in every four people in Africa suffers chronic hunger, and 227 million people in Africa are considered undernourished. While rates of agricultural productivity in Africa are growing, they’re still far too low to meet projected demand in 2030. If current trends continue, hunger […]

Finding a Path Forward on U.S. Infrastructure

Q&A With Robert Puentes of Brookings
Robert Puentes | Brookings Institution

Given the polarization in Washington, it’s hard to get agreement on whether infrastructure is even in crisis — let alone how to fund it. Robert Puentes sheds some light on what’s needed to maintain the roads and support the country’s future growth. Few issues illustrate Washington gridlock so literally as infrastructure spending. The Highway Trust […]

The Changing Character of Urban Growth

How a massive increase in employment is radically transforming cities.
Peter Harris | UPS

The world economy is picking up speed—Oxford Economics projects solid worldwide growth of 2.8% this year. But the character of tomorrow’s growth isn’t shaping up as in the past; much of it will be concentrated in the world’s cities, especially in Asia. By 2030, 410 million more people will be living in the world’s top […]

Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure

We're not living in 1950, so we need to stop planning our infrastructure like we are.
David Abney | UPS

Unless we start to invest in transportation infrastructure, there will come a time when huge snarls of traffic choke our nation’s economy. Years of political infighting and not investing holistically will constrict America’s growth potential. And worse, while our transportation system deteriorates and freight delays increase, the rest of the world will have kept investing, […]

Making Cities Stronger

Infrastructure of today's urban areas needs overhaul
Myron Gray | UPS

Cities have never been more popular. Currently, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas. That’s up dramatically from 34 percent in 1960. By 2050, it’s predicted that 64 percent of the developing world and 86 percent of the developed world will be urbanized. There are many reasons why urbanization continues to gain […]