Welcome to the Edge

The Edge is a campaigning built-environment think tank and is multi-disciplinary in a landscape that is remarkable for the high number of single-discipline institutions it contains. › Continue reading
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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

Edge Annual Report 2015 (pdf)

Upcoming & Recent Debates/Events

Debate 75: ‘Generalist’ versus ‘Specialist’ - Learning for a Sustainable Built Environment - November 15th 2016, LSBU

Monday, September 19th, 2016

libraryWhat sort of education can best tackle the challenges of sustainability in the built environment?

Learning in all forms, from the education of students to the continuing development of professionals, is key to a sustainable built environment. The issues explored in this debate are around general cross-disciplinary learning versus focusing on the specialisation of disciplines. › Continue reading

Debate 74: Building better places – who cares? - July 11th 2016, House of Lords

Friday, June 10th, 2016

building-better-places-2016-cover1Would new national policies for the built environment work? Could a Chief Government Adviser deliver them?

In February 2016 the House of Lords published Building better places, the Report on the findings of the Select Committe on National Policy for the Built Environment to which the Edge gave evidence . › Continue reading

Debate 73: EU Referendum - Environmental & climate change consequences for the built environment

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

eu-flagThe EU Referendum is a once in a generation event, the outcome of which will ultimately be driven by the vote of UK citizens. It has brought an opportunity to reflect and act on Britain’s standing within the EU and our relationship with it. › Continue reading

Collaboration for Change: Oxford, 28th April 2016

Friday, March 18th, 2016

cfc_logoIn the months since the Edge Commission Report on the Future of Professionalism Collaboration for Change, was published it has become essential reading for all those leading the professional institutions and for every built environment professional and educator interested in the future of their industry. › Continue reading

Debate 72: Edge at Ecobuild 2016

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016


Closing the Performance Gap
A Plan for Action

It is generally agreed across the construction industry that there is “a gap between how buildings are meant to (and probably promised) to perform, and how they actually perform in service that in any other industry would be regarded as a scandal. There can hardly be a cause more deserving of cross-industry collective contemplation and action than the constant failure of its product”. Paul Morrell, Collaboration for Change, The Edge Commission Report on the Future of Professionalism, 2015. The time has come for action and this session offers practical guidance for professionals and their clients to overcome the performance gap. › Continue reading

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Books - Edge Futures

Edge has published a collection of short books, entitled Edge Futures.
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