Space invaders: arrival of the micro-home

Y:Cube units made for the YMCA in Mitcham, south London; the development is made up of 36 modular, studio-like apartments 280sq ft in floor area and constructed off-site in a factory

Pressure on space and affordability is driving the design and construction of micro-homes in crowded, heavily populated cities

Building up wellbeing in construction

mental health in construction

Macho culture of mainly men working on building sites has been among barriers to improving alarming rates of mental illness among construction workers

Change is in the air with city pollution

Heavy smog shrouding construction sites in Beijing

The construction sector stands accused as a polluter, but has an opportunity to clean up its act

Construction: an industry ripe for tech disruption

Future of Construction illustration

Despite some reticence, the construction industry is on the cusp of a technology revolution which will reshape its future

‘To attract the right talent, offering flexibility and work-life balance will be essential’

BY MICHAEL BUEHLER, head of infrastructure and urban development, World Economic Forum

Recruiting and managing talent in the coming years will be challenging for the construction sector, according to a World Economic Forum report

‘It is vital that in building new homes, they are conceived and constructed with a less stable climate in mind’

ALASTAIR CHISHOLM, head of policy and communications, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

Climate change represents one of the greatest challenges of our age, with quite small increases in average atmospheric temperature carrying the potential to influence and change weather patterns significantly at a more local level

Provocation and posturing in the South China Sea

Chinese construction work on a disputed island chain in one of the world’s busiest shipping routes has escalated into a multinational military build-up

Virtual reality and big data disrupting digital construction

Latest technologies, including virtual reality, are revolutionising the way buildings are conceived, constructed and maintained