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Why migrant workers are the key to Asia’s green cities of the future

Building Asia’s green cities of the future is about more than energy efficiency – it can drive a virtuous cycle of economic growth and restructuring, as low-skilled jobs on large construction sites provide income opportunities for millions of migrants. On-the-job training can equip these labourers to build efficiently — and to build buildings and urban […]

The New Silk Road: 8 steps to ensuring China’s $900 billion project is a success

What is the New Silk Road? The Silk Road was the name given in 1877 by the German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen to the ancient network of trade routes linking China to central and western Asia, India and the Mediterranean region. Today, China is breathing new life into the Silk Road with the goal of […]

Fit for purpose – Big data reveals the construction knowledge gap

Big data exposes a widening construction knowledge gap Analysis of 6 million pieces of data has revealed that the knowledge framework underpinning the construction industry is no longer fit for purpose. Practitioners do not have easy access to critical knowledge, and so it is inevitable that mistakes will be made. Designing Buildings Wiki, the construction […]

What can we do to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?

Former President’s Apprentice Alex Crump looks at what we as engineers can do to help ensure the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved. Goal 6 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals requires us to ensure the “availability and sustainable management” of water resources. In December 2015 I used the Infrastructure Blog to express personal excitement […]

UK University creates solar generating glass bricks

Researchers from England’s University of Exeter have created a new technology they say “could revolutionise the construction industry”. Academics from the Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Science department have developed a solar power technology that fits into glass blocks. Facades using the product, called Solar Squared, will be able to generate electricity while allowing greater amounts […]