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Building with Numbers

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

How the construction industry is reducing cost, risk and waste – with math

Andrew Watts, CEO of international building engineers, Newtecnic, looks at new research and practices that deliver construction industry innovation from concept to fabrication and operation.

Because industry players perceive it as increasing risk, the construction industry is notoriously resistant to change through technology adoption. The idea of following tried and tested solutions is almost universal because ‘if it worked before it will work again’.

This attitude has restricted industry progress producing waste of up to 50% on many projects. And, negative environmental impacts, caused by easily correctable inefficiencies persist as long as the building stands.

Riskier Business?

Industry players and stakeholders are mistaken in the belief that new methods and technologies present increased risk. In fact, the opposite is true because by using technology it is possible to reduce risk while creating more imaginatively conceived buildings at lower cost that use less energy, are more durable, look better and are interesting to inhabit. They also take less time to make and on completion appear effortless. This seemingly impossible list of advantages has been proven across the world where, in partnerships with developers, architects and engineers, collaboration over data reveals absolute truths about buildings.

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Architectural Paradox: the Gellerup Park in Denmark

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Article source: AFR ThinkingUrban

Throughout Europe, the 60’s and the 70’s saw a rapid expansion of residential building. In Scandinavia as in most other countries, some of the best planning skills and architectural talent were geared to creating large areas of housing. The modern movement was in full cry and dwellings for all sections of society were erected. Now, only 40 years later, the towering ambitions of the architectural profession are being demolished.

Demolishing Gellerup Park Denmark 2014

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Q+A ARCHITECT CHRIS CEDERGREEN

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The principal of Forum Studio talks about the future of office design, invisible architecture and collaborative design principals.

Chris_Cedergreen_Forum_StudioAs the St. Louis based Forum Studio looks forward to 2014, its president, Chris Cedergreen contemplates the future of design. His approach to a diverse range of high-profile architecture and design projects, among them the Express Scripts and Flour Corporation headquarters, is passionate and nuanced. StoryTrack CEO, Lori Dowd, sat down for a conversation with Cedergreen.

StoryTrack: What will be the defining issues for the office buildings of the future?

Chris Cedergreen: Buildings have to be designed for the future so they have a future.  The design must actually anticipate change because it’s inevitable, and arriving at bullet train speed.  Office space needs to be very flexible, almost laboratory like space. As organizations return to profitability and growth, they want to control costs but they don’t want to sacrifice efficiency and creativity.

ST: In your experience, what is the design process driven by?

CC: The design process is ultimately driven by the people that are going to use the space. How can we affect people’s lives in a very positive way. It’s the enhancement of our built environment and the natural environment. How we combine those two and make the experience of life more positive.

ST: You’ve talked about this idea of “invisible architecture,” can you describe this?

CC: Invisible architecture is the way the design influences what you feel in a space or in the spaces in-between.  What matters most is what transcends the workspace:  productivity, interaction, collaboration, creativity, innovation.

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