Tomorrow’s City, Today’s Challenge
What’s it all about?
The World Health Organisation predicted that by 2030 over 60% of the world’s population will live in cities. What will that mean for the built environment and those who work in it? And what should we – clients, consultants, lawyers – be doing now to get ready for that change?
Partners Helen Garthwaite and Suzanne Gill both picked up on this statistic and after proposing Tomorrow’s City, Today’s Challenge as a discussion topic at MIPIM, and attracting a record session audience, they realised that this was the start of an interesting conversation. With a focus on urbanisation, Tomorrow’s City, Today’s Challenge will continually look at how this will affect the way we all live, work and interact with our surroundings.
But, naturally all of these issues present challenges, as well as having legal implications. To consider and develop the solutions to these and many other questions, we regularly host debates with thought leaders from industry and academia and our thinking is frequently picked up in the press.
There are lots of changes afoot and we don’t pretend to have all the answers. Yet amidst the mass of conflicting predictions, one constant remains: humans are social animals who like to get together.
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Tear up the blueprints: Planning and funding Tomorrow’s City
By 2050, nearly 70% of the global population will live in cities. By then, Atkins estimates there will be a shortfall of 1.5m homes in London and the South East… Read more →
Building a connected tomorrow’s city
Global cities are revaluating their physical infrastructure priorities as they come to terms with the reality of rising densification, increasing usage and demand, and a new risk landscape. Looking ahead… Read more →
Regulation has a key role to play in infrastructure improvement
According to the McKinsey Global Institute, the world needs to invest $3.3trn (£2.5trn) in infrastructure annually up to 2030. Click here to view the full article published in Property Week
Each to their own
The demand for owning assets is changing with rapid shifts in commercial cultures. Claire Haynes and Helen Garthwaite ask how landlords can keep up. Click here to view the full… Read more →
How automation and AI are transforming the space we need
Suzanne Gill discusses the increase in the trend for home working and the need for flexible office space. Click here to view the full article first published in Property Week… Read more →
The trends of tomorrow
Helen Garthwaite discusses some of the trends which will help to shape the workplace of tomorrow. Click here to view the full article first published in Estates Gazette on 12… Read more →
Data, data everywhere
Suzanne Gill and James Castro-Edwards discuss the legal aspects of technology and privacy concerns. Click here to view the full article first published in Estates Gazette on 12 November 2016.
Enabling a superfast future
Helen Garthwaite and Claire Haynes highlight the importance of sustainable digital infrastructure for broadband connectivity. Click here to view the full article in an article first published in the September/October… Read more →
How to avoid high-tech ‘crash and burn’ ghost towns
What is the key to making a successful city? Click here to read Suzanne Gill’s comments first published in the Financial Times on 1 June 2016.
Tomorrow’s City, Today’s Challenge – managing tomorrow’s people today
As cities and workplaces become more intelligent with the shift in technology, employers need to be consistently aware of their own “employer brand” with shared goals and concerns, and trust/transparency… Read more →
Place, tech and people: creating offices of the future
By the year 2020, 50% of the global workforce will be millennials – what challenges will the office real estate sector face in creating space for this new breed of… Read more →
Be sure of your connections
The importance of considering broadband connectivity at the outset of a construction or refurbishment project is now recognised, but what must developers do to deliver high speed broadband in their… Read more →
Our relationship with the built environment is changing radically and lawyers need to keep up
Helen Garthwaite was interviewed by The Law Society Gazette. Commenting on the role of lawyers, she said, “Residential properties built today will need to last 1,000 years, but the lifecycle… Read more →