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On 18th May 2015 the Edge published the report Collaboration for Change, resulting from its year long Commission of Inquiry on the Future of Professionalism in the UK's design and construction industries. For more details see here

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Edge Debate 87: The Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge Growth Corridor

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

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Can we plan for sustainable growth and make places that work for people?

In autumn 2017, the National Infrastructure Commission published its report on the potential of the Oxford – Cambridge Growth Corridor › Continue reading

Edge Debate 86: Urban Form, Density & Microclimate – 13th November 2018

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

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How must planning & design change?

September 2018 the refereed journal Building Research and Information (BRI) published a Special Issue, Urban Form, Density and Microclimate, guest edited by Rohinton Emmanuel and Koen Steemers. https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rbri20/46/8. This Edge event used the BRI Special Issue as the basis for an in-depth examination of the relationship between urban built form and the microclimates of our streets and cities. › Continue reading

Edge Debate 85: Procuring for Whole Life Value

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

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Despite numerous reports and considerable effort since 1945 and, more recently, after the excellent reports from Latham (1994), Egan (1998), Wolstenholme (2009) and Farmer (2017) effecting change in the construction industry has proved problematic as a result of a culture of (reckless) lowest first-cost procurement and serial risk-dumping, on the advice of the legal profession, among others. Yet doing it differently is seen by most public (and many private) procurement officers as the biggest risk of all.

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Edge Debate 84: Professionalism - asset or obstacle?

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

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The Future of the Built Environment Professions

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is 200 years old this year and the RICS 150. The RIBA will hold its bicentenary in 2034. All three institutions are rooted in the nineteenth century but have been undergoing continuous change since the day they were founded in necessary response to social, political and economic realities. All three are undoubtedly survivors, along with the professions they represent, yet there are now ever more voices questioning their future as social upheaval, automation and the impact of unbridled capitalism take their toll. › Continue reading

Edge Debate 83: Where do we stand?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Responding to the consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance

environmental-principles-front-coverThe current UK government is committed to be the first generation leaving the environment in a better state than it inherited it.
Leaving the EU will create a gap in regulations and governance, and DEFRA are currently holding a consultation on the issue, which closes on 2nd August (https://consult.defra.gov.uk/eu/environmental-principles-and-governance). The consultation offers a rare and welcome opportunity to rethink the UK’s environmental framework. › Continue reading

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