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Blockchains will change construction

Blockchain Technology could play a key role in the emerging digital built environment. The construction industry is ripe for disruption, greater transparency in supply chains is much needed, paperwork is still predominant, and as building components increasingly become ‘intelligent’ there is a need for a secure digital ledger for sensors, owners and operators. I believe blockchains, if […]

China Has Officially Started Construction on the World’s First “Forest City”

The world’s first “Forest City,” designed to fight pollution and climate change, is under construction in China. Covered in greenery and trees, it will absorb nearly 10,000 tons of CO2 and 57 tons of pollutants yearly, and produce 900 tons of oxygen. FUTURISTIC GREEN CITY The world’s first “Forest City,” created to fight pollution, is […]

3 ways the world’s fastest growing economies can close the infrastructure gap

How much does it cost to power the world’s fastest growing economies? The Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimates that the Asia Pacific region requires $1.7 trillion of infrastructure investment every year until 2030 just to maintain its current rate of growth. Spending $26 trillion over the next 13 years may seem an incredible burden, but it is […]

“One of the most soul-destroying things is traffic” – Here is one way to radically change urban mobility

After his first Twitter announcement in December 2016, “Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging …”, serial entrepreneur and futurist Elon Musk seems to continue delivering on his promise. As he has done with numerous of his revolutionary business models, Musk firstly identified critical customer […]

We could be on the brink of a demand revolution. But will we seize the opportunity?

When Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2016 Olympics, one in six of the half-million visitors stayed in Airbnb lodgings. Without the additional rooms, Rio would have needed to build another 257 hotels to house these tourists, according to a study by the World Economic Forum. Beyond the material and environmental savings – not to mention the […]

To attract the right talent, offering flexibility and work-life balance will be essential

Recruiting and managing talent in the coming years will be challenging for the construction sector, according to a World Economic Forum report The prospective scarcity of skilled labour driven by demographic shifts and the increasing sophistication of technology, which demands new and broader skillsets at all levels, coupled with the traditionally high volatility of workforce demand […]

Innovation Cases

Case Studies about state-of-the-art implementation of innovation and start ups/pilot projects to showcase innovative approaches in a slow-moving industry and derive lessons for the entire E&C industry to foster adoption of new tools and technologies, processes, organizations and business models.

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