Does your building have a future?

Rosemary Kennedy
Adjunct Associate Professor
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane



The building design and construction process is evolving more quickly than ever. New technologies are creating new design processes, changing the way we utilise spaces, and disrupting the construction industry. Furthermore, new generations have different expectations and values than previous generations, significantly impacting the future workplace and how we interact with buildings and places.

The challenge our industry is facing is effectively planning, designing and constructing high performing buildings and spaces in today’s paradigm that can be adapted and remain relevant in 50 years’ time. This requires a mindset shift, new creative design thinking and long-term planning.

It’s time to start thinking about how the changing world is going to impact the buildings we are planning today. If we design for today’s behaviours and technologies, by the time the building is built and occupied - it may just be too late.

This presentation will present 5 critical factors to ensuring that your building has a future in 50 years’ time. It will discuss planning and urban habitat considerations, creative engineering design processes allowing flexibility to accommodate different uses and technologies, resilience and security influences, digital engagement and personalisation, and new revenue streams.

Our world has changed significantly over the last 50 years impacting how we design and use buildings. We now stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. This presentation will provide a blueprint of the critical success factors that need to be considered when planning a building to ensure it remains relevant in 50 years’ time.

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