Mapping Risk + Managing Projects; Thrills + Bio in Buildings

IMG_2606More of my journalism and blogging has been published in the last few months and I have provided a brief update menu of Built Environment, Real Estate, Project Management and Supply Chain articles below, with links to original copy. (Additional writings on Energy, Environment and Education to follow.)


IMG_2607Map Supply Chains for Turns in the Road

Summary: Managing the many risk factors that have the potential to disrupt a supply chain is no easy task, but a strategic approach can mitigate the impact of natural and man-made calamities.

Published in: ‘Supply Chain Strategies’ Special Report, ‘The Times’ (16 June, 2016)

IMG_2764Moving Earth, Iron, Ice and Community

Summary: Relocating an entire town 3km east in the Arctic Circle, with temperatures as low as -43°C, ranks as one of the most challenging projects ever attempted.

Published in: ‘Project Management’ Special Report, ‘The Sunday Times’ (22 May, 2016)

IMG_2516Mindset Not Toolset – It’s All About People

Summary: Project management is a dynamic growth industry, but the boom brings with it significant challenges which must be overcome to establish this young profession.

Published in: ‘Project Management’ Special Report, ‘The Sunday Times’ (22 May, 2016)

IMG_2765Skyscrapers: A Licence to Thrill

Summary: Times and tastes have changed. It is no longer enough to be a tall building with just a restaurant at the top offering a birds-eye view of the city: visitors want to walk, jump, even slide, high in the sky.

Published in: JLL ‘Real Views’ (20 May, 2016)

IMG_2453How Cutting Edge Science Is Bringing Buildings to Life

Summary: Most of us think of modern buildings as inert structures – the shell for all the activity that goes on inside. Advances in science and technology, however, are creating new types of biological and metabolic materials which are essentially turning a growing number of buildings into living, breathing organisms.

Published in: JLL ‘Real Views’ (10 May, 2016)

Green Hotels + Biophilia, to IoT + Modern Slavery

More of my journalism and blogging pieces have been published in the last few months and I have provided a brief update menu of Built Environment, Real Estate and Construction articles below, with links to original copy. (Additional writings on Environment, Energy and Education topics will follow.)


Hotels-check-in-to-greener-thinkingHotels Check in to Greener Thinking

Summary: Enter a hotel room anywhere in the world and the chances are you’ll find a polite-but-prescriptive card by the bed or bath, advising of the benefits of ‘eco-friendly’ behaviors such as living with linen longer and reusing towels. Commendable as it may be, however, this consumer-facing front really represents only the tip of the iceberg for environmental impacts in the hospitality industry where fast-growing equates to resource-hungry.

Published in: JLL ‘Real Views’ (12 Apr, 2016)

Working-with-nature-to-create-better-buildingsWorking with Nature to Create Better Buildings

Summary: For centuries, nature and the built environment have not been on good terms as humans build upwards, downwards and outwards. Now, however, a more harmonious relationship is developing – which benefits both sides, and, crucially, the health and wellbeing of the people in the middle. The belief system behind this shift is ‘biophilia’ and it’s changing the way we think about and design our buildings.

Published in: JLL ‘Real Views’ (30 Mar, 2016)


supply-chain-760x428Modern Slavery and the Supply Chain

The UK construction industry must ensure its global supply chains comply with new legislation clamping down on the use of forced and slave labour.

Published in: ‘Future of Construction’ Special Report, ‘The Sunday Times’‘  (27 Mar, 2016)


Construction-is-facing-a-new-era-of-green-builds-760x428Construction is Facing a New Era of Green Builds

As the UK construction industry strives to rebuild itself to deliver the new homes and infrastructure the country needs, new money and new metrics apply.

Published in: ‘Future of Construction’ Special Report, ‘The Sunday Times’‘  (27 Mar, 2016)


Why-buildings-will-become-sensorsationalWhy Buildings Will Become ‘Sensorsational’

Summary: In many small ways, we are becoming accustomed to buildings responding to our physical presence, almost without realizing: doors open and lighting comes on in hallways, toilets flush automatically in restrooms and water flows into basins when our hands approach. Slowly but surely, we have entered a whole new wireless world of sensors.

Published in: JLL ‘Real Views’ (29 Feb, 2016)

The Future in 5 Words… #1: ‘Sensorsational’

Why Cities will be… ‘Sensorsational’ 

#1V2Mushrooming urbanisation has already seen us race past the halfway point for the proportion of people living in cities (with estimates reaching 54% in 2014) and is predicted to hit 2 in every 3, by 2050 (66%). With the boom in mobile and digital technology exploding alongside, driven by smartphone ubiquity, we as people are becoming increasingly connected by sensor technology to the physical environment around us. In effect, the Internet of Things has been creeping up on us by stealth; and that creep is fast turning into a gallop. Already, the forecast date for hitting the one trillion sensors mark has been brought forward from 2030 to 2025. Sensors will connect us to the buildings in which we live, learn and work, the shops where we buy goods, and all modes of transport in between. Within 10 years, that degree of connectivity will see the equivalent of around 120 sensors in operation for every human in existence.

Tomorrow: Why Business will be… ‘Sociable’

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Trillion-$ packaging, to rockin’ megaprojects + ocean clean-up

More of my journalism and blogging pieces have been published in the last few months and I have provided a brief update menu of articles below, with links to original copy.


The-circle-of-packaging-life-760x428Packaging a Trillion-Dollar Circle of Life

The packaging industry is moving into a circular economy of materials rotating in a sustainable loop of smart design, carbon-efficient manufacture, reuse and recycle.

Published in: ‘Future of Packaging’ Special Report, ‘The Times’‘  (30 Sep, 2015)

Olympic_park-760x428We’re Rockin’ All Over the World

Summary: With a grand heritage of Victorian engineering excellence, the UK leads the world in delivering modern-day megaprojects in a radical new way (includes case study for Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay).

Published in: ‘Project Management’ Special Report, ‘The Times’ (2 Aug, 2015)

Boyan_Slat-760x428The Great Ocean Clean-Up Project

Summary: Clearing plastic polluting the oceans is a problem of massive proportions requiring a professional project management approach – this piece looks at a current initiative exciting interest worldwide, spearheaded by teenage entrepreneur Boyan Slat.

Published in: ‘Project Management’ Special Report, ‘The Times’ (2 Aug, 2015)

From farming and energy, to future cities

More of my journalism and blogging pieces have been published in the last few months and I have provided a brief update menu of articles below, with links to original copy.

GM-crops-760x428Fields of Thought and the Seeds of Time: GM Debate Reaches Deadlock

Opinion on genetically modified foods remains divided, but can such agricultural technology help to avoid widespread and imminent famine?
Published in: ‘Future of Agriculture & Farming’ Special Report, ‘The Times’‘  (29 Jul, 2015)

Top 5 Tech Innovations in AgricultureAg-tech-innovation-760x428

Advances in technology are key to the future of agriculture as farmers strive to feed the world with limited natural resources.
Published in: ‘Future of Agriculture & Farming’ Special Report, ‘The Times’‘  (29 Jul, 2015)

Energy-for-a-new-generation-760x428Next-Generation Energy: It’s Time for the Grand Transition

Summary: With the UK under pressure to plug a looming energy gap and at the same time meet targets for clean renewable energy, power may be shifting to a new generation of consumers
Published in: ‘Powering the Future’ Special Report, ‘The Times’ (30 Jun, 2015)

songdo-360x203The Future of Smart Cities

Summary: Future smart cities are unlikely to look that much different, but they are destined to interact differently with their human inhabitants.

Published in: ‘Internet of Things’ Special Report, ‘The Sunday Times’ (28 Jun, 2015)

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