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It’s modernise or die – Paul Wilkinson

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In my talks I emphasise that the government and other forward-looking client businesses are demanding wider changes to how the industry works. The January 2018 collapse of Carillion is just one sign of a deeper malaise within the UK construction sector – and a succession of government and industry-driven reports (McKinsey’s 2017 Productivity report is […]


Health and Wellbeing Sustainability – the New Normal

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Health and Wellbeing Sustainability – the New Normal Specifi keynote talks and network discussions regularly feature the emerging sustainability standards that are rapidly gaining in popularity. These are the Living Building Challenge Standard, Well Build Standard and Fitwel, standards we are starting to see as the ‘New Normal’, and will undoubtedly become more significant in […]


Generation Next experience Specifi Sheffield

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Our recent design event in Sheffield provided a great opportunity to extend an open invitation to Architectural Design Students from the cities Universities and School of Architecture. Sheffield is one of the few cities where we can open up our event to such a wide audience of built environment focused students audience with such well […]


The New Normal – designing with living materials

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Photo by Amritanshu Sikdar on Unsplash   Thank you to everyone who came along to the Bristol Specifi landscape event – it was great to meet so many people from the Landscape Architect sector, and to catch up with people I hadn’t seen since college. My keynote speech prompted some really interesting discussions, including areas […]


Cities as an Eco System?

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A comment and question after the talk in Liverpool led to an interesting pre-dinner networking discussion. Are cities an ecosystem? For a short response the answer is yes, but, as in all eco systems, its complex, but makes for a great theme for future Specifi talks! The question was prompted by my showing of the […]