Global forces such as climate change, digitalisation, demographic change and new forms of mobility and housing are set to fundamentally alter the way we live. What role does the construction industry play in this?
Arup and German foresight company Z_Punkt have been appointed to chart these industry disruptors scenarios for the government-funded construction innovation programme, Zukunft Bau. Working under the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Arup and Z_Punkt will investigate how these drivers of change will shape the future of our built environment.
By the summer of 2020, the collaborative research programme has been tasked with producing a set of concrete, actionable recommendations that can be implemented by the industry’s key decision-makers and stakeholders, from the public to the private sector. These actions should be implemented along the entire value chain to guarantee higher productivity while enabling more sustainable and resilient growth that balances our current social, economic and ecological imperatives.
The focus of the research programme will be on future-shaping issues such as inclusivity, climate neutrality, resilience, circularity, connectivity, automation and the building culture as a common theme for existing and new buildings.