Built Environment Category

Competitive Collaboration – why it will save the world

Competitive Collaboration has the potential to drive us towards a future scenario of living within the means of one planet. But why do I think that, what is it and how do we enable it? I write on the basis that people reading my posts have as short an attention span or are as time […]

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Dangers of the automation of knowledge in design – BIM, Google and Call Centres

At a recent leadership forum in the UK the question of what our clients would expect of us in 5 years time came up, we were asked to provide our answers on sticky notes and put them up on the wall. One of my answers was that in the future our clients would want ‘humans […]

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Sunday Morning Disruptive Technology – Outdoor Charging Stations

I can’t believe this hasn’t been done already but based on recent project experience I can understand why it hasn’t. Personally I love the idea. So what do we need in outdoor areas in hot climates? Shade. What can provide shade? Solar panels. What do solar panels do? Make electricity. Why would you want to […]

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If it can be done at an airport in the tropics, it can be done anywhere!

I stayed here last night and so have first hand experience of the amazing sustainability credentials of the hotel. Designed by WOHA in Singapore, the Crowne Plaza Hotel at SIngapore Airport blows away the idea that hotels have to be dark, stuffy, internalised buildings. I believe it’s a great model for what we should be […]

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World Green Building Week Infographic

The guys at Cundall know how much I love infographics so they have produced one from the results of the Sustainable Buildings 2020 workshops we ran for World Green Building Week. And I have to say it is awesome – thanks to the awesome Cundallite Gemma Dawson for producing it.  The report of the full […]

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An mews’ing way to increase density and affordability

The ‘mews’ of old were houses that integrated living and working into a very compact and functional space. The mews houses were the stable servant quarters for the larger residential homes that they backed onto, they are dotted all over London and other cities in Europe. The pre-gentrified mews homes had stables for the horses […]

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Sustainable Buildings 2020 – WGBW results are in

It’s taken me a couple of weeks, but it is finally finished. The world’s first Global Cundall Workshop exploring the drivers for Sustainable Buildings in 2020 have been summarised into one report. I have broken the report down into Global, Regional and City results and trends to highlight the difference in voting across the globe. […]

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