The Built Environment: Stories You Might Have Missed October 2019

Posted by Deltek on November 14, 2019

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October saw an increasing focus on the role of architects and engineers in fighting climate change, and predictably, Brexit continued to sit top of the agenda. Here are ten stories you might have missed last month:

1. For the RIBA, tackling global warming means changing both policy and practice

Within the past year, a number of architecture firms and allied organisations have formally declared a climate emergency and pledged to take action. But what should this action involve, and how likely is it to happen at the scale and speed required to prevent the worst outcomes of global warming? In this interview series, the League presents different perspectives on where architecture currently stands with regard to climate action, where it needs to go, and how it might get there.

Read the full article here.

2. The majority of architects have done zero planning for no-deal Brexit

More than half of architecture practices have made no preparations at all for a no-deal Brexit, according to new RIBA research. Some 57% of firms have made no plans of any sort – and only 5% of them are intending to do so. A further third say they have done very little planning, according to the findings of the RIBA’s latest monthly Future Trends survey.

Read the full article here.

AE Stories October 4

Image source: © Tim Crocker

3. BuildTech trends: Movements shaping architecture and construction

As construction evolves, new advancements are shaping how we design. These movements are the product of shared ideas and the convergence of building technologies that open up new possibilities for architecture. From the atomic scale of materials to pre-assembled homes and faraway planets, the changes in BuildTech are felt across industries. As a result, disciplines are learning from one another to re-imagine how we build.

Read the full article here.

4. Why buildings are better when architects and engineers collaborate

Working together, architects and engineers can come up with design solutions that are greater than the sum of their parts. Exchanging knowledge and information, especially at the early stages of a project, ultimately leads to better buildings.
Read the full article here.

AE Stories October 3

Image source: ArchDaily © ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart

5. London Plan: New document to help architects embed circular economy principles

There is now new guidance from City Hall on environmental sustainability, presenting architects with a ‘fantastic opportunity to innovate’, according to former RIBA president Sunand Prasad. 

Read the full article here.

6. Construction calls for infrastructure to be centre stage during general election

With just over seven weeks to go until the UK goes to the polls to elect a new government, the construction industry is preparing to lobby candidates from all the major parties with demands for infrastructure to form a key part of the party manifestos.

Read the full article here.

AE Stories October 2

Image source:  © Webb Yates

7. Six business models and ten global markets to shape future of consultancy

The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) launched a robust plan in October to deliver transformational impact across 30% of the UK’s economy through a smarter, long term and sustainable approach to the built environment. 

Read the full article here.

8. Brexit uncertainty sparks slump in construction recruitment, says Randstad

Brexit uncertainty has sparked a slump in construction recruitment, and the annual increase in construction hiring over the summer “didn’t happen,” according to recruiter Randstad.

Read the full article here.

AE Stories October 1

Image source: Architects Journal

9. Government should use procurement clout to influence a fairer economy, says new report

The government should use its significant procurement spend to bring about a fairer economy and give more opportunities to SME firms, especially when appointing external suppliers, says a new report by Demos. 

Read the full article here.

10. Re-using construction materials needed to hit 2050 net zero target

Facilitating re-use of construction materials could help the UK to hit its 2050 net zero target, a group of major infrastructure organisations have claimed.

Read the full article here.

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