38 episodes

Bert Broadhead & guests explore developing themes in innovation, technology & futurology in real estate and the built environment.

Building Our Future Bert Broadhead

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Bert Broadhead & guests explore developing themes in innovation, technology & futurology in real estate and the built environment.

    Tim Panagos | How can IoT integrations help manage infection control in the built environment?

    Tim Panagos | How can IoT integrations help manage infection control in the built environment?

    How can IoT integrations help manage infection control in the built environment?
    Tim is CTO of Microshare, creating smart facilities solutions for the built environment. He is in charge of the strategic product vision and his past 12mths have unsurprisingly been focussed on harnessing the power of technology to help buildings be more resilient in the face of the pandemic.
    In this podcast:
    How has Covid-19 shaped the direction of smart facilities management?How has Covid-19 affected take of of smart building products?What lessons can we learn from managing buildings in the past 12mthsWill consumer data-privacy concerns become more flexible in a post-Covid environment?Andrew’s recommended reading is Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, a science fiction book which takes a radical view of when real estate might look like in a plausible future.
    Tim is excited by the potential of end-user apps, such as Waze, allowing humans to use data to improve their own lives in a manageable well by making better informed decisions in various facets of life.
    His favourite building is Building 10 of the Maclaurin Buildings by William Welles Bosworth, 1916 (the Great Dome of MIT), a neo-classical bedrock of classical learning, intertwined with newness and discovery.

    • 38 min
    Andrew McMullan | Masterplanning for wellness & designing homes for the young

    Andrew McMullan | Masterplanning for wellness & designing homes for the young

    How do we design buildings and places with wellness in mind? Do we need to reconsider residential design to reflect changing life priorities?
    Andrew Mcmullan is a British architect whose fresh and optimistic approach to design has helped create renowned global projects that make a deep impact on places and people. In 2018, he founded Mcmullan Studio to evolve his positive vision of architecture. Based in London, Andrew leads his team to create beautiful, buildable projects for progressive clients who recognise the capacity of original design to transform people’s lives.
    In this podcast:
    How do we define “wellness” and how can it be integrated into design?How are emerging wellness themes changing our expectations from how we interact with our buildings and built environment?How do you masterplan for a civic area where there are so many integral stakeholders?Can better quality affordable rural housing keep younger people in rural communities?How are expectations shifting towards generational housing and has the Covid-19 crisis accelerated these trends?

    You can find out more about Andrew’s projects here:
    Masterplan for Innbruck’s Knowledge QuarterRegeneration plans for SkiptonPlans for the M&G garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower ShowDesigns for affordable rural homes for young people

    Andrew’s recommended reading is Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Cartmull, a driving influence on Andrew’s though process when establishing his practice and ways of working.
    His favourite building is Royal Festival Hall for the way in which it captured the spirit of the age at the time. His technology to watch out for is wearable devices and the ability to use the data which they collect to better adapt buildings to how we use them.

    • 33 min
    Martha Weidmann | Transforming spaces into experiences with original art

    Martha Weidmann | Transforming spaces into experiences with original art

    Martha Weidmann is CEO and Co-Founder of Nine Dot Arts in Denver, Colorado. Nine Dot Arts is a consulting firm that not only curates inspirational art experiences, but also serves as an advocate for both art and artists.
    In this podcast:
    What’s driving the renaissance of the use of art in the built environment?What are the benefits of art for spaces, places and buildings?What mediums of art are being used?How are arts projects generally funded?How important is ROI of art and how can it be tracked?Do art installations need to be permanent?How do you develop an art strategy for a place or building?How is art sourced?Martha references Rainbow Militia’s adaptation to performance in a post-Covid world. You can read more about their innovative use of a 1900s bungalow here. 
    Martha’s favourite building is Fort Gaines, Alabama.
    Her recommended book is The Best Place to Work; The Art & Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace, Ron Friedman; a book that has shaped the building of the Nine Dot Arts business.
    Her technology to watch out for is AI in respect of its ability to create and identify curators and transform them into super-curators.

    • 41 min
    Katie Kasabilis | Innovation (in the workplace) by design

    Katie Kasabilis | Innovation (in the workplace) by design

    nnovation; everyone wants it but how can we help create it through urban and building design?
    Katie Kasabilis is an urbanist, architect and educator whose career has straddled the worlds of practice and academia. She is currently an assistant professor in architecture at the University of Virginia, a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE Cities and the Design Director of Kasawoo. 
    Her work is at the forefront of a new direction for urban research – one that investigates the role of technological innovation in guiding models of future development. Her current research investigates the evolution of the workplace under the pressures of today’s knowledge economy.
    In this podcast:
    Innovation as a primary factor in building design for leading occupiersThe best examples of buildings and districts that foster innovationIs design alone enough for innovation to flourish?Are tech campuses the blueprint for large scale urban planning and design?Has Covid-19 changed the direction of travel or just accelerated pre-existing trends?Is this the end of boom of urbanisation as we’ve known it?Will transport still be key to defining places?Katie’s favourite building is the Kolumba art museum in Cologne, a building which left an indelible memory.
    Her recommended book is The Life & Death of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs; a book as relevant now as it was when first published in 1961.
    Her technology to watch out for in machine learning with its range of possibilities; from intuitive design though to asset valuations.

    • 41 min
    Pradyumna Pandit | Buildings With Minds of Their Own

    Pradyumna Pandit | Buildings With Minds of Their Own

    What are “smart” buildings & how will they change the way we design, build and use our built environment?
    Pradyumna Pandit is the Vice President UK & Ireland of Digital Energy, a at Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation. He previously worked at Honeywell for 18 years where he held roles in Asia, the Americas and EMEA. 
      In this podcast:
    What’s driving the growing interest in smart(er) buildings?What’s Schneider Electric’s role been to date and where does it see the future?Can buildings be retrofitted as “smart”?Who’s responsible for the technology within buildings - owners or occupiers?What are the keys to a successful digital building strategy?How to Digital Twins and BIM fit into the smart building agenda?Pradyumna’s favourite building is Land Sec’s 80 Victoria Street at Cardinal Place, London HQ of Schneider Electric and showcase for their digital implementation strategies.
    His recommended book is Managing Oneself, Peter F. Drucker
    His technology to watch out for is the digital twin; when used from conception of the building through to the full life cycle of the asset. 

    • 36 min
    Nicholas Boys Smith | Building beautiful, building better

    Nicholas Boys Smith | Building beautiful, building better

    Nicholas Boys-Smith left a job in banking to set up Create Streets, a research institute that supports "community-led regeneration" and prioritises high-density, low-rise buildings over tower blocks. He is a Commissioner of Historic England, a senior research fellow at the University of Buckingham, a Fellow at the Legatum Institute and an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism. 
    In this podcast:
    Why are beautiful buildings important?How do we measure beauty in the built environment?What are the key findings from the UK government-commissioned report: “Living with Beauty” , to help deliver heath, well-being and sustainable growth to developments?What role do bureaucratic frameworks play in creating better places, not just more places?Does technology have a role is building beautiful?Is a mass-tree planting movement a good idea, in the context of better urban design?Nicholas’s favourite place is Gold Hill in Shaftesbury; made famous by Hovis but loved for its statement of design overcoming seemingly impossible natural challenges.
    His recommended book is Mental Health and the Built Environment: More Than Bricks And Mortar?, David Halpern
    His technology to watch out for is modular building for its potential to bring back craftsmanship and individuality into building and design.

    • 40 min

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