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The next normal in construction: How disruption is reshaping the world’s largest ecosystem

– The COVID-19 crisis looks set to accelerate an overdue transformation of the world’s largest ecosystem. We expect nine shifts to radically change the construction value chain, and offer a blueprint for the next normal ahead.
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Agile delivery of capital projects

– Industry leaders are using the agile approach to reimagine how capital projects are delivered.
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Collaborative contracting: Moving from pilot to scale-up

– Despite the early successes of collaborative-contract adopters, the industry remains hesitant. Five steps can help project owners... better envision the transition toward more collaborative approaches.
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Beyond taller walls: Meeting the resilience challenge of climate risk

– Climate change poses serious threats to infrastructure systems and the human lives that depend on them. It’s time for industry... players to begin building resilience.
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Walking the talk: Best practices for digital construction

– We are taking the advice we typically give our clients and applying it to our own construction project—and we’ll be... sharing the challenges and lessons as we go.

Voices on Infrastructure

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CIB’s Michael Sabia on the future of investment in Canada infrastructure

– Attracting private capital to help finance infrastructure projects is more important than ever, according to Michael Sabia, chair... of the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
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Data to the rescue: Embodied carbon in buildings and the urgency of now

– Building companies seeking to make informed materials-procurement choices may confront data that are either lacking or too complex.... A precompetitive consortium has responded with a free, open-source tool that anyone can use to help fill in the gaps.
Interview

Remodeling infrastructure financing: A Q&A with CDPQ Infra’s Macky Tall

– Montréal’s Réseau express métropolitain (REM), a new light-rail network currently under construction,... serves as a model for how investors can help build crucial infrastructure quickly and sustainably.

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Collection

The Next Normal – The future of the high-rise: Creating people-centric spaces

As the world becomes more urban, more people will live and work in high-rises. What will that mean for builders, real-estate companies,... and tenants? In this edition, The Next Normal explores the high-rise of 2030.
Executive Briefing - McKinsey Global Institute

Bridging infrastructure gaps: Has the world made progress?

– Despite increased spending and pockets of progress, infrastructure investment gaps remain.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Reinventing construction through a productivity revolution

– To transform the sector, action is needed in seven areas or through broader adoption of mass-production approaches.

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Will infrastructure bend or break under climate stress?

– Infrastructure is the backbone of the global economy, connecting people, enhancing quality of life, and promoting health and safety.... But climate change is revealing infrastructure vulnerabilities.
Podcast

Building sustainable and affordable urban living: A conversation with White Peak’s Jesper Jos Olsson

– Not many companies are bold enough to enter the challenging Chinese market without a local partner. But a desire to retain full... control, and the belief that relying on local partners may hinder its ability to learn and scale, eventually paid off, according to the cofounder of a Beijing-based, Swedish property developer.
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Road work ahead: The emerging revolution in the road construction industry

– Four technology trends could help improve road functionality, construction, and maintenance, creating opportunities for greater... safety, efficiency, and economic success.
Debate

Debate: Funding infrastructure investment in a post-COVID-19 economy

– Harvard economists Larry Summers and Ed Glaeser debate how to fund infrastructure investment in a post-COVID world.
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The effect of government stimulus on commercial real estate amid COVID-19

– Governments have used a variety of measures to support commercial real estate and their tenants through COVID-19—with mixed... results for both parties. What opportunity exists for new approaches?
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Digitizing Europe’s railways: A call to action

– The future of train traffic is digital. To accelerate the digitization of Europe’s railways—and thus secure the future... of its railroad industry—stakeholders must change the way the industry operates.
Interview

‘Prepare for the marathon and be ready for the course to change’: An interview with the Boston Logan Airport CEO

– Massachusetts Port Authority CEO Lisa Wieland discusses why the contactless passenger journey is here to stay and how she’s building... agility and flexibility for her organization.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Addressing society’s pain points: An interview with the CEO of Ayala Corporation

– Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala reflects on Asia’s imperative, and his own, to find inclusive and creative solutions to complex... and uncertain challenges.
Article

The next normal in construction material distribution

– How disruption is reshaping distribution and logistics in the world’s largest ecosystem.
Article

To take off, flying vehicles first need places to land

– The buzz about vehicles flying above hides the infrastructure challenge below.
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Investing for the long term: ‘Be patient and focus on the big trends’

– Michael Sabia, chairman of Canada Infrastructure Bank, shares his views on how infrastructure and real-estate investors can succeed... in an increasingly uncertain world.
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