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What is the future of the built environment?

We are moving toward an increasingly digital, interconnected society and with it comes the realisation that everything we know will change.

Compared to other industries, the built environment has been slower to react to this change. In some ways, we’ve been in ‘catch-up’ mode, clutching tightly to the ‘status quo’. The reality is that operational and construction functions, activities and experiences, as well as expectations around performance are evolving and so too must the built environment.

Disruptive technologies are also driving home the fact that we cannot predict the future, but we can ask the right questions.

To better understand how we can anticipate the journey towards buildings of the future, we spoke at length to a broad group of professionals across the built environment to imagine what the future of buildings might look like and how they might be created. We asked them to share their thoughts around what’s driving demand, challenges inherent in reaching intelligent building status and what some of the next steps in this journey might be.

We invite you on this journey with us, as we deliver a series of Buildings of the Future insights that explore key trends in the built environment and how digital engineering is reshaping the way we think about building design, building performance and how people live. 

Join us as we build (pun intended) our knowledge, understanding and readiness about Buildings of the Future.

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Part 5: Why haven't buildings become productised?

Innovation in the construction industry has been a slow process. Despite advances in technology, and the emergence of industrialised construction some 60 or so years ago, we are still ‘swinging hammers’ on site, creating buildings that are all unique and bespoke.

Why is that? Why hasn’t industrialised construction disrupted the way we design and construct buildings?

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Part 4: Easy life, complex technology

Welcome to the future of blockchain!

This fourth edition of our Buildings of the Future series explores not only how we design, construct and maintain our buildings, but how we can use data to amplify business performance.

Watch our video and explore our insights through the links below. 

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Explore our earlier insights

Part 1: Science fiction or fact

The world is changing at an exponential rate and science fiction is fast becoming science fact. We are moving toward an increasingly digital, interconnected society and with it comes the realisation that everything we know will change.

Discover our Buildings of the Future board game

As part of our Buildings of the Future thought leadership series, we have created a board game to use as an ‘options exploration’ tool to identify project challenges and ambiguities and explore potential solutions. It’s a fun way to delve into some serious conundrums!

Imagining what the future of the built environment will look like can be challenging. So far, we have played the game, both online and offline, with an airport and technology company to explore options for future developments.

Would you like to come and play with us? Contact us to find out how.

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Learn more from our projects and case studies

One Malop Street, Geelong

Human-centred design with a focus on tenant well-being helps transform heritage site, One Malop Street, into Geelong’s most sustainable commercial building.

Vincom Landmark 81, Vietnam

Aurecon takes the lead in bringing Southeast Asia’s tallest skyscraper to life by applying smart solutions throughout building services design.


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