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Skyscraper vs Groundscraper

A discussion paper on 21st century real estate development in a post-pandemic world.

The global pandemic has increased scrutiny on all areas of our wellbeing. This leads us to ask, what should the developments we live and work in offer our society?

Wellbeing and social impact are by no means 'new' topics and, the conversation around how the places in which we live and work can support our physical and mental wellbeing has only intensified in the wake of the pandemic.

The report will be published in three stages. In conjunction with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat we have gathered comment from an exceptional line-up of industry figures who represent a powerful cross-section of those involved in the built environment.

Part 3 highlights include:

  • Commentary from leading industry figures: Colin Lizieri (University of Cambridge), Peter John (Five Paper Chambers), Emma Cariaga (British Land), Juan Jose Sarralde (Savills), Despina Katsikakis (Cushman & Wakefield), Steve Eccles (First Base) and Guy Battle (Social Value Portal).
  • Urban planning: Should the future of tall buildings lie in clusters, rooted firmly in development plan policies designed to meet evolving needs? Or should scope remain for the unplanned tower and for innovative design to add interest to our skylines?
  • Wellbeing & social impact: Being responsible for the spaces in which we live, work and connect with others - have a very significant and unique capacity to create positive social impact.

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