The internet has transformed the world of retail. But commercial centres still have a vital role to play as we move towards an “Experience economy”
How Laing O’Rourke and WSP built a hospital out of 15,000 pre-assembled elements
Is this the solution to reconciling mass-production and creative architecture?
Melbourne contractor Hickory’s 44-storey tower was completed in just 16 months
An engineer’s view of creative problem-solving
The Paris architect on what helps him to think
Analyzing millions of patient records could aid diagnosis — if privacy issues can be overcome
One problem, three engineers, no constraints
Modular is finally becoming reality, thanks to advances in computer modelling, 3D printing and robotics
Ping pong tables, pod chairs, beach huts and giant slides — is this really what it takes to make us more creative at work?
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Italian food purveyor Eataly is recognized as one of the most exciting of a new breed of retailers. But what is it?
The defining characteristic of future shopping destinations might be their flexibility
Professor Heinz Wolff has now invented an entirely new approach to elderly care — a system that relies on man rather than machine
Mike Steep, visiting scholar at Stanford Engineering, believes Seattle is the most digital place in the world — so far
Tomorrow’s retail districts will feature a host of interactive technologies, all designed to make the shopping experience more personalized and more compelling
Crowded conditions, inflated property prices, public health disasters, low fertility rates — Joel Kotkin asks whether it’s time we gave up on super-sized cities
We shouldn’t be building better housing just for the elderly, says Lord Richard Best, but for the not-old-yet who are ready to downsize
Smarter cities are threatened by broadband monopolies, warns Christian Wictorin. We need to liberate our network infrastructure
Lauren Isaac pours sugar in the tank of some of the more common misconceptions
Nathanael Johnson reveals the world of “synanthropes” — the plants and animals that have evolved to thrive in the city, whether they are welcome or not
Knowing the future is the easy part. The real challenge is changing course, writes Susan Krumdieck
In Silicon Valley, building twice as fast, for half the cost, to last twice as long is not an impossible dream, writes Steve Burrows
Society is ageing fast. Can better, smarter buildings and cities help us to survive the demographic timebomb?
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