Between rising sea levels and crowding city streets, our environment is constantly changing. Is it possible to design buildings that can change shape in response to their surroundings? What can we tweak in our design practices to make our structures less disposable? Can passive security interventions, better sightlines and multi-use social spaces, make cities and informal settlements safer for children?
These are just three of the ideas our engineers, designers, people and partners are exploring through our Research program in Australasia.
As an employee-owned company, we invest back in our people and partners. This publication presents a selection of the research projects run annually from the Australasia region. These projects are informed by the problems and opportunities our clients and partners see influencing society and the built and natural environments over the next decade.
Issue II shares our explorations into three trends emerging across the fields of engineering and design. First, city systems are becoming increasingly complex. Second, technologies like machine learning, robotics are allowing us to design quickly, safely, and more efficiently than ever before. And last, we’re now able to collect and quantify new streams of data about how we perceive our surroundings. These stories examine how we might build upon these trends to design cities, infrastructure and products that create better outcomes for society and our planet, in a rapidly changing world.