Rank #1: Planning for a Sustainable Future
Stan Krpan is the CEO of Sustainability Victoria, an organisation all about information, advice and support to tackle climate change. The whole world needs to get to zero emissions within a next few decades and there needs to be partnership between government and private organisatoins - SV are providing the vision and help for Victorians to do their bit.
Rank #2: Global Energy Transition
Tony Frencham is a group managing director at Worley Parsons, being responsible for execution and planning for power and new energy and leadership for the global energy transition. Fossil fuels have lifted many of the world out of poverty and has helped lifted the standard of living of the Western world our ancestors couldn't even imagine. But there are new pressures today however, and we are in the midst of a major shift towards renewables in response to our new global challenges.
Rank #3: Smart Cities
In this episode we talk about: - Connecting cities with fast rail - How automation will effect white and blue collar jobs - The worlds tallest tower, Kingdom tower to be integrated as a vertical city, a virtual reality theme park in China, and building smart utopian cities from scratch in Jeddah
Rank #4: Circular Economy Principles for Embodied Energy
Danielle Tensley Tingley is a Professor of Architectural Engineering at the University of Sheffield, her research focuses on how to reduce the embodied carbon of our buildings. Today, cement alone accounts for 8% of the world emissions - which is actually more than cars! If we are to move to a low carbon economy, we inevitably won't be able to stop just at operational energy, we will need to also find the methods to reduce embodied energy down to zero also.
Rank #5: How Established Construction Companies can Innovate
Aarni Heiskanen is a construction innovation agent, and the author of the award winning blog, AEC Business. Typically, big construction companies will try and avoid failure, but at the cost of innovation. Aarni spends his time today consulting big construction companies on how take advantage of the potential disruption that is on the horizon.
Rank #6: Better Decisions by Smart Data Analysis
Jessica is the founder and CEO of Neighbourlytics, who powered by big data, gives insights to the unique social identity of neighbourhoods. We build places for people to go to, and hopefully enjoy and interact with the space. Until now, there has been no way of measuring the social value of a place.
Rank #7: Structural Innovation With Cross Laminated Timber
Nick Hewson is the design manager of Xlam, who specialise in the design and production of cross laminated timber. Steel and concrete have been the preferred construction materials, that haven't been challenged for a very long time - until now. CLT arrived and in many cases, can provide a better solution to traditional construction. It is sustainable, quicker to build and can even boost productivity.
Rank #8: Urban Planning for Thriving Cities
Michael Rowe is a director at Ethos Urban who are a leading consultancy in urban planning.
Rank #9: Utilising Disruptive Technologies
Samir Sinha is the founder of RobonomicsAI. Today there are new emerging technologies that are undoubtedly going to have a big impact on the buildings industry. Drones, AI, VR/AR, cryptocurrencies are still in their infancies but are capable of causing major disruptions to the status quo.
Rank #10: Future of Concrete
John Provis is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Head of the Engineering Graduate School at the University of Sheffield. Concrete to many people is a boring subject - but John is clearly passionate about the material, and determined to find ways to lower it's embodied emissions.