What's Now. What's Next.

How we can support our Future Communities to withstand threats, respond to shocks, face-down disruption and even better, benefit from, great change and uncertainty?
Introducing What's Now. What's Next. — an exploration of resilience and robustness, adaptation and antifragility in the context of an increasingly complex world.
An exploration of resilience and robustness, adaptation and antifragility in the context of an increasingly complex world.

In conversation with...

Each of these conversational podcast and video packages presents a fresh perspective on community issues that while experienced locally, have universal relevance and applicability. In this series, we talk to experts from a range of fields – from industry to academia – to discuss the trends impacting communities in every corner of the globe.

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What history teaches us about community re-builds

Pablo Allard, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Arts at the Universidad del Desarrollo reveals the key lessons learned from his experience leading the recovery masterplans for more than 150 Chilean cities and towns after a recent, destructive flooding event.

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Achieving social impact, equity and justice in our built environments

Catriona Brady, Director of Strategy and Development at the World Green Building Council, highlights how considering the ‘S’ in ESG during the design and development of our built environments will shape thriving communities of the future.

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Housing: the global challenge playing out at a community level

Carolyn Whitzman, housing researcher at the University of Ottawa, discusses how we can address some of the biggest challenges impacting housing around the world, from lack of supply to changes in construction methodologies.

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On the move: The shifting role of transport in unprecedented times

Myles Lind, Chief Engineer at Auckland Transport, explores how unprecedented weather events, changing community behaviour and pressure to decarbonise is transforming the role of transport providers.

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Competing places: Attracting international labour to critical industries

Chris Conway, CEO at Food and Beverage Ontario, discusses the fragile, interconnected relationship between place, food security and labour – revealing how competition for talent is impacting the industry. 

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Teams, talent and technology: Trends impacting the development sector 

Steven Coates, Managing Director at Matthews Southwest EMEA, unpacks the influences shaping investment in the development sector – from ESG, to migration, competing cities and the changing nature of work and travel.

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Claudia Bonilla Keller, Chief Executive Officer of Second Harvest Food Bank

Food insecurity, equity and digital solutions

Claudia Bonilla Keller, Chief Executive Officer of Second Harvest Food Bank, shares her experiences tackling food insecurity across Orange County in Los Angeles, revealing how digital solutions are improving equitable access to this fundamental human need.

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Building community resilience through effective engagement

Professor Sara Bice, Foundation Director of the Institute for Infrastructure in Society at the Australian National University, breaks-down the importance of community engagement in realising fit-for-purpose infrastructure and ultimately, enhanced resilience.

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The changing nature of people, place and community

Matthew Davis, Director of the Institute of Place Management, explores current and future trends impacting the relationship between place, community and social infrastructure across the United Kingdom.

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5x5x5 – five challenges facing our Future Communities

Five themes. Five perspectives. Five podcasts. In this 5x5x5 series, specialists from across our global network team-up to discuss current and future challenges facing communities and how we can help shape thriving places and spaces that put people first.

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Housing: Affordability and accessibility

Many communities around the world are facing a housing crisis. 
How can practical solutions, technological developments and major reforms help us make headway on this intergenerational issue?

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Access and equity: Social infrastructure

Access to infrastructure varies from place to place, sometimes drastically impacting people’s quality of life. We explore how to ensure equitable access to social infrastructure across the urban/rural divide.

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Adaptation and resilience: Sustainability and climate shock

With more frequent and intense weather events happening across the world, climate change has reached a heightened level of international concern. It’s clear that our Future Communities must be agile, adaptable and resilient to an ever-changing world – the question is, how?

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Mobility: People-orientated transport

Against a backdrop of increasing urbanisation and shifting human behaviours, decision makers have more dynamic factors to consider than ever before. With limited space to accommodate everyone's needs, we explore how we can effectively plan and build more sustainable, equitable transport networks.

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Asset transition: Future of work

Conversation around the future of work is often dominated by contrasting opinions on hybrid working styles. Amid this debate, our CBDs are becoming quieter. In this context, how can organisations ensure they are making the right decisions for their assets?

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Perspectives from our future leaders

We asked the next generation of scientists, engineers, designers, placemakers and city-shapers for their views on the forces shaping our Future Communities.

Something I'd like to see changed about my community is access to affordable housing. Adequate and affordable housing is really important for economic growth, financial stability and improve mental health. And this is a problem that would benefit everyone if it was solved. Being solid waste management, which is the proper collection, treatment and disposal of solid waste. So that waste from our kitchen, waste from industrial areas, etc.. There has been an increase in the severity and frequency of drugs brought about by climate change. I feel that Cambridge is quite lucky that we have such a unique blend in between the built environment and nature, which I feel is really beneficial for recreation as well as people's overall mental and physical health. Throughout our eastern Canadian provinces. Connection with nature resonates throughout the community from all too young. Many people find inspiration from our fields, our farmlands, our forests, our mountains and our valleys, our wetlands and our beaches and our coastal environment. What gives me hope for the future of my community is that we have a debt to change before we learn to work from home during the pandemic. We adapted and carried on after the earthquakes. We learned to shop without plastic bags when they were removed from supermarkets. And we look back and can no longer relate to what life was like before. We've been adapting our whole lives, so our communities should be open minded to the idea that climate resiliency will require a buy in and it will require us to adapt. I envision a future community that prioritizes sustainability and resiliency and puts the needs of people over the needs of cars. In the future, my community will be even more connected. More frequent bus services will link my community to the new light rail and metro stations, vastly reducing the need to rely on private motor vehicles. As a result, the streets in my area are safer for everybody. So what excites me is that the future hasn't happened yet and you and I get to create it.
I feel passionate about helping our communities get better at internet access. In this digital age, good access to internet is crucial to progress, collaboration and the realisation of new opportunities."
Qian Zhang, Project Engineer in Huntingdon, USA
Many people have made their way of living by the land and sea and by default have had a mindset of preservation of those resources. To me, "what's next" symbolizes the continuing of this way of life and the protection of those resources."
Jack Fiorucci, Environmental Project Coordinator in Fredericton, Canada
My hope for the future is to have built-for-purpose, affordable and social housing. And a connected, active transport network as the city grows."
Courtney Granger, Consultant - Social, Engagement and Communities in Sydney, Australia
I believe there needs to be a movement towards more holistic planning and humanitarian engineering. Approaches that consider the social, environmental and economic benefits of what we do, to ensure that our projects are valuable for the community and the environment."
Grace Tudreu, Graduate Water and Environmental Engineer in Suva, Fiji