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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 […]

4 practical tips to bring sustainability into your building design

The shift towards sustainable design Every business across the globe is adopting the ‘green ideology’, which is pretty evident in the form of revised regulations, optimum utilisation of resources, implementation of eco-friendly practices, increasing use of green products, environmental initiatives and sustainable designs. An increasing inclination towards energy savings, waste reduction, and space efficiency has […]

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 […]

4 megatrends transforming the construction industry

After being rocked by the recession, while harnessing social media and smartphones, everyday Americans are giving up the static suburbs to refocus on progressive yet practical city living. At the same time, cities continue to be the traditional nucleus of emerging economies such as Africa and India. Following both green policies and greener profits, commercial […]

How automation and technology will change the buildings we live in

Our built environment and its entire value chain are in the wake of a severe transformation. Artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things, robotics and other technologies are not only responsible for the emergence of smart cities, automated processes and new business opportunities, but a change to the rules underpinning the real estate industry. The impact […]