- Mary, queen of hotels
- The Hollow Man: poetry of drawing
- Trecento re-enactment
- Make models: LSQ London
- Reporting from Berlin
- Advocating sustainable facade design
- Hand-drawing, the digital (and the archive)
- Drawing as an architect’s tool
- Don’t take a pop at POPS
- Stefan Davidovici – green Mars architect
- Lessons on future office design from Asia Pacific
- The role of the concept sketch
- Make models: an urban rail station
- How drawing made architecture
- Full court press
- Ken Shuttleworth on drawing
- Make models: FC Barcelona
- Hotels by Make
- Make calls for a cultural shift in industry’s approach to fire safety
- When drawing becomes architecture
- The Architecture Drawing Prize
- Make models: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
- City-making and Sadiq
- Digital Danube
- 2036: A floor space odyssey
- The green tiger
- The human office
- London refocused
- Designing in Sydney
- Cycle design for the workplace
- Harold on tour
- Are you VReady?
- Property’s rising stars on the future of the industry
- UK Employee Ownership Day 2016
- Letter from Hong Kong
- Long life, loose fit
- Unique cities – questions of identity
- Relevant cities
- Greener cities
- Completing the architecture
- The future of architecture – Gavin Mullan
- The future of architecture – Andrew Taylor
- The future of architecture – Alejandro Nieto
- Put a lid on it
- The future of architecture – Jet Chu
- The importance of post-occupancy evaluation for our future built environment
- Bricks – not just for house builders
- The future of architecture – Bill Webb
- Designing for a liveable city
- The future of architecture – Rebecca Woffenden
- The future of architecture – Matthew Bugg
- The future of architecture – Robert Lunn
- The future of architecture – David Patterson
- The future of architecture – Katy Ghahremani
- Safer streets for all
- Responsible resourcing should be an integral part of every project
- Developing a design for the facade of 7-10 Hanover Square
- Curious Sir Christopher Wren
- The socio-economic value of people-focused cities
- Responsible sourcing starts with design
- Designing in the City of Westminster
- Is off-site manufacture the answer?
- Rolled gold
- How to make a fine suit
- Just a game?
- Judo’s big fight
- Hand-to-hand combat
- Make models: electricity pylon competition
Property’s rising stars on the future of the industry
The events of the past few months suggest there is a sharp divide between the way the young and old think in the UK. However, at the recent Estates Gazette roundtable entitled “Property’s next generation: the change agents”, the consensus among younger professionals in the industry was that the older generation is listening to them more than ever.
With the tide turning against some of the “old, traditional ways”, according to British Land attendee James Rolton, we are bound to see the ideas of the next generation playing more and more of a central role in the way we do things.
Held as part of the London Real Estate Forum 2016, it was an honour to be invited to take part in the event, which gathered 20 millenials across firms such as British Land, Knight Frank, The Collective, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Leadlease.
Emily Wright, features and global editor at the Estates Gazette chaired the discussion, which centred on who the next generation is and how they can help shape the future of the built environment.
So what do the next generation think?
Below are five of the most salient points I took from the conversation:
What’s the definition of “next generation”?
It’s not just a matter of age – the term encapsulates individuals who were also “wanting to set the world on fire”, as well as having reached a certain professional maturity (around 10-15 years’ experience) and the influence that comes with it.
What are the new challenges of the modern workplace?
The fact that the next generation needs to be adaptable, flexible, and open to change if they want to be successful. Stability, lifelong employment in a single company, or even doing the same job one’s whole life are not something this group is likely to experience. The world is rapidly changing and technology will increasingly affect the way we live and work.
What is the next generation known for?
While tech was seen as being synonymous with millennial-led innovation, there was some debate over whether there is more to the story than CRE tech (commercial real estate technology). Design also has the power to “address real social problems” and change people’s lives.
What are the biggest challenges or opportunities the next generation faces?The public sector is not as innovative as some of the private sector, often putting up barriers to unconventional new ideas, because they don’t fit in the boxes and regulations already in place. Governments and councils need to attract young people with dynamic ideas, and give them the power to change things.
How are the next generation changing the industry?
Alternative development projects led by ambitious young entrepreneurs – eg Boxpark and The Collective – reduce the red tape and project timelines from start to completion. The Collective CEO Reza Merchant described his company as providing an alternative form of living and working, purposefully designed for young people.
It’s worth making one final point, that the majority of the participants of the roundtable were male and Caucasian. If we are to design for an increasingly diverse society, then increasing diversity within the sector is a challenge we must all meet head-on.
However if the energy, expertise and passion of this particular group of individuals is anything to go by and the fresh and exciting ideas that they brought to the debate, it feels like there won’t be much that we can’t achieve and change if we put our minds to it.