City Futures Research Centre Arts, Design and Architecture

Innovation and Technology Challenges for the Built Environment Industry

The built environment, especially that of our largest cities, faces substantial change in the next twenty years if it is to meet the increasing demands for carbon neutrality, reduced water consumption and more efficient resource consumption. The industries that design, build, retrofit, manage and maintain the built environment face equally significant changes in organisation, working practices and skills development, approaches to design and construction and materials development if they are to meet these challenges. Equally, the institutional and governance structures within which they operate will need to undergo fundamental changes, not least in terms of changed regulatory and incentive structures to stimulate innovation and adaptation of new sustainability goals and outcomes. This report, specially commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Innovation Industry Science and Research reviewed the key drivers of change facing the built environment and analysed the major challenges facing the built environment industry, broadly constituted, in adapting to these drivers. The research was based on a series of high level interviews with senior industry stakeholders and an extensive web-based review of recent policy documentation and other literature.


Innovation and the City: Challenges for the Built Environment Industry
S. Pinnegar, J. Marceau and B. Randolph, City Futures Research Centre Issues Paper No. 7, July 2008 This report was presented to the first meeting of the newly constituted Built Environment Innovation Council in Melbourne in September 2008.

A shorter version of the report was published as:
Pinnegar, S, Marceau, J and Randolph, B. (2008) ‘Innovation for a Carbon Constrained City: Challenges for the Built Environment Industry’. Innovation: Management Policy & Practice, 10, 303-315.


Simon  Pinnegar
Professor Simon Pinnegar
Chief Investigator
Prof Jane Marceau
Chief Investigator

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