Construction works of the new airport of Mexico City.  Image: PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images

Reinventing the Building

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Hoffmann Centre

25 July 2018, 17:30–19:15 BST  •  Conference

Chatham House, 10 St James's Square, London SW1Y 4LE United Kingdom

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The global construction sector is experiencing a range of disruptive shifts – in materials, technologies and business models – changing not only how we build but also how we will live. The environmental implications of these changes are set to be profound – the 4 billion tonnes of cement produced every year alone account for 8 per cent of global CO2 emissions. And with as many as 3 billion people potentially living in slums by 2050, new building solutions are urgently needed in developing and emerging economies.

Will these emerging technologies reinvent buildings to the degree needed and what might the future of construction look like?

This event brought together architects, designers, innovators, business and media leaders, policymakers and campaigners to discuss the range of cutting-edge technologies that could shape the future of the construction sector. Participants assessed different innovative options to explore how best to speed up and scale up their uptake. The panel discussion was followed by an exhibition, which will explore how architectural models can help reimagine how we build to meet our future social and environmental needs. 

Reinventing the Building was the second event in the 'Reinventing Series' hosted by the Hoffmann Centre at Chatham House. The series explores new designs, technologies, products and practical solutions that could better meet future social and environmental needs.

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