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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.

How construction can emerge stronger after coronavirus

– Engineering, construction, and building materials have a vital role to play in a post-pandemic recovery of our communities and... economies. Seven actions can help companies prepare for the next normal.

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.

Resetting capital spending in the wake of COVID-19

– Amid the pandemic, many CFOs are struggling to stabilize cash flows. A quick reset of capital spending—which can usually... be achieved in about four weeks—can help them reach their goals.

Preserving project continuity in the face of COVID-19

– Advancing infrastructure projects means owners must protect people, projects, and performance. This will require adopting an agile... posture, continually assessing risks, and adjusting operations.

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Meeting E&C needs in and after coronavirus: A Q&A with WSP’s Paul Dollin

– A global engineering consultancy is planning for recovery by rethinking how its people work, as it safeguards its engineering... and construction operations.

Restarting after COVID-19: A Q&A with Clifford Chance’s David Metzger

– Standby agreements for major capital projects can help preserve relationships as well as shore up suppliers’ and contractors’... solvency during construction standstills.
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Shifting the status quo in energy: An interview with Sunrun CEO Lynn Jurich

– It’s more important than ever for leaders to overcome fears and embrace the new energy landscape. Empowering consumers to... make informed decisions can help.

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Bridging infrastructure gaps: Has the world made progress?

– Despite increased spending and pockets of progress, infrastructure investment gaps remain.
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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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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.

‘The pyramids of the future’: Designing and building for sustainability

– Climate change and other long-term issues should inform the design and construction of skyscrapers, says WSP’s Alexandre... L’Heureux.

The high-rise in 2030

– In this video, McKinsey experts describe how high-rise buildings might change in the coming decade—and how construction... and real-estate companies should evolve.

Using analytics to get European rail maintenance on track

– By harnessing data and analytics, European rail-infrastructure operators can deliver better performance at a lower cost.

Control capital project duration—and cost—with schedule optimization

– It is almost always possible to accelerate the completion of a capital project—even during construction. To do so, project... owners should follow three best practices.

Make it better, not just safer: The opportunity to reinvent travel

– Do you remember your first flight? The first time you fell in love with a new city? We do.

A new paradigm for project planning

– Owners and contractors can protect both workers and project economics by embracing a more efficient approach to project execution.

Commercial real estate must do more than merely adapt to coronavirus

– COVID-19 is a humanitarian challenge that will have lasting effects on how people live, work, and play. By acting today, real... estate leaders can best serve end users and ensure their own viability.

Solving Africa’s infrastructure paradox

– There is need and available funding, together with a large pipeline of potential projects—but not enough money is being... spent.

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.

Four ways governments can get the most out of their infrastructure projects

– Best practices can help governments invest in infrastructure that expands the economy and better serves the public.
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