Speaking at our RICS UK Summit, Dr Simon Moores (Futurologist and Government Technology Adviser) explores the future of the cities shaped by new technology and new demands.
Urban Splash have been in the forefront of innovative design and urban development for decades. Manufactured / system build / modular housing, call it what you will, has to be the way forward.
House is precision-built to your specification in a factory, and craned into position on your street. Modern materials mean house is well-insulated and efficient to run. You can choose the size and internal format which is then delivered to site virtually ready to occupy.
The mismatch between current US housing stock and shifting demographics, combined with the growing demand for walkable urban living, has been poignantly defined by recent research and publications by the likes of Christopher Nelson and Chris Leinberger and the Urban Land Institute’s publication, What’s Next: Real Estate in the New Economy. Let’s stop talking about the problem and start generating solutions!
Unfortunately, the solution is not as simple as adding more multi-family housing stock using the dated models/types of housing that we have been building. Rather, we need a complete paradigm shift in the way that we design, locate, regulate, and develop homes. As What’s Next states, “it’s a time to rethink and evolve, reinvent and renew.” Missing Middle housing types, such as duplexes, fourplexes, bungalow courts, mansion apartments, and live-work units, are a critical part of the solution and should be a part of every architect’s, planner’s, real estate agent’s, and developer’s arsenal.
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Recent research, the Hub and the Place, takes an in-depth look at the issues related to infrastructure delivery, by examining three case studies of rail transport hubs and their surrounding environment and urban development in the UK, China and India. hub_and_place_270616_dwl_research
Rubbish has been flooding the streets of Beirut for 9 months. Failure to deal adequately (or at all) with the products of urban growth and the pressure of increasing population will introduce all kinds of diseases, social unrest and eventually bring a city to its knees. Yet, this is a valuable source of reusable consumables and power.
Go to the link below to see a video of the situation in all its wasteful extent:
Many cities are fighting a losing battle against the ravages of nature, but is it possible to identify the world’s most vulnerable metropolis? Natural events are notoriously hard to predict – but the prospects for Malé do look particularly grim. For even if its new sea wall continues to be effective, the islands around the Maldives capital are going to disappear before too long. And if they disappear, so does Malé’s raison d’etre.
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