Tokyo architect Best known for his work with low-cost materials like cardboard and shelters for disaster victims, Shigeru Ban has signed an agreement to design up to 20,000 homes for people in the Kalobeyei Refugee Camp in Kenya. His involvement came after hearing of the immense challenges facing humanitarian agencies in providing shelter to tens […]
Growing Trend + Practical Benefits NHBC Foundation’s recent report identifies a growing trend towards multigenerational living, and a range of practical benefits that could have wide resonance with the public. It analyses recent evidence on the scale and character of multigenerational households in the UK, and gives detailed insights from those who have experienced this […]
Modernise or Die The Executive Summary to the Farmer Report “Modernise or Die” stated that: The construction industry and the clients that rely on it are at a critical juncture and it is time to review the seriousness of the future outlook. Deep-seated problems have existed for many years and are well known and rehearsed, […]
In December 2016 Dr Peter Bonfield of BRE published his independent review for the Secretaries of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), now part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). It had been jointly commissioned by them to […]
Love it or Hate it At the end of last year a survey of construction workers showed less than one in four would recommend their place of work to family or friends. However, those working for smaller companies were happier than those at larger organisations.
Stronger, Safer, More Productive Operatives According to Sonia Mokdad, marketing executive at Geniebelt, a construction project management app developer “Wearable technology is set to enhance strength, safety, productivity, communication and vision on site” (Sonia Mokdad, BIM+)
Long Range Travel Goal Aiming to drive the mass adoption of electric vehicles, Germany’s biggest car makers and Ford of the US have formed a joint venture pledging to create the highest-powered charging-station network in Europe. Their goal is to enable long-range travel for battery electric vehicles with up to 400 ultra-fast charging sites at […]
Creating a Social, Elevated Community Aiming to redefine the apartment block as a “social, elevated community”, Danish architect CF Møller’s 15,000 square metre tower breaks with the traditional multi-storey building, which isolate residents. Instead it is designed as a “sustainable, collectively-oriented community in which social encounters are created using a wide range of architectural features”
ZED Villages According to Shelter, over ¼ million people in England are homeless. 53,480 families in England live in temporary accommodation. Now on display at BRE’s Innovation Park Bill Dunster’s ZED Factory has now spawned ZED Pods Ltd to offer ‘snap together’ houses above car parks. It aims to create ‘pop-up villages’ made from cheap, […]
Hi Tech from LA According to a report by Stephen Cousins in Construction Manager, the hard hat is now embracing BIM with the development of a new smart helmet by Los Angeles tech company Daqri. It is already being tested by a number of construction companies including some in the UK.
New Sentencing Guidelines New penalties came into force in February 2016 making fines proportional to turnover. Some big names have been caught as well as a general increase in fines and custodial sentences since then.