Diversity issues in construction are hardly new, but a greater representation of historically marginalised groups is vital and must happen sooner rather than later
By 2030, Dubai plans to have 3D printed a quarter of all new buildings, making the most of a technology which can cut labour costs, speed up processes and create more environmentally-friendly structures. The Future of Construction special report, published in The Times, covers these industry goals and more. It examines how construction needs to expand its definition of diversity and whether the industry can ever become truly sustainable. It explores how architecture can make buildings work for better mental health and asks what lessons have been learnt from the tragedy at Grenfell Tower. Also featured is an infographic on the new technologies disrupting the industry and five innovative ways to combat the UK housing crisis
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When building offices and homes that take mental health and wellbeing into account, cost remains the ever-present challenge for the construction industry
Sustainability requires a change in mindset as it’s not just a process of replacing materials with green alternatives. But can a circular economy ever be the norm for mass construction?
Dubai is pioneering the use of 3D printing in an effort to drive property sales and significant savings. But whether this marks the beginning of worldwide adoption remains to be seen
For too long the construction industry has relied on paper systems in the delivery of work in hazardous environments. Failing to invest in digitisation can prolong planned schedules, lead to the late completion of builds, and eat into productivity and the bottom line
If the first step in achieving positive change is to acknowledge the true extent of the problem, then the transformation of the construction industry must start with a reality check