Guy Raz (Host) – So if we’re talking about
this being the future of every building, first what do we do with the old buildings?
Richard Harrsion (Gensler) – That’s another hot topic at the moment. I think given the
state of the economy, not least what’s happened this morning, but I think there
is an increasing drive to reuse of buildings. Yes, it’s simpler to start from scratch, either
knock down a building or develop a brownfield site, but increasingly we’re looking at ways
of maximizing tenants or landlords or developers assets using existing framework that you’ve
got. And I think one of the benefits of reusing it is speed, and agility you haven’t got to wait
for your new building to be go through planning to be built, you’re talking a year and a half
I think you can get going right away and hive off areas and prototype and I guess with the
advent of technology now, yes there’s a cost element but you can layer on systems quite quickly
to massively upgrade the experience, office buildings or hospitality.
Graca Carvalho (UCL) – I think whenever we speak about new technologies, greenfields are of course you know you
can start from scratch and dream and build immense fabulous things, but the reality is
from all this technology that we have seen since the beginning of the Internet we have
this when we came from IPV4 to IPV6 it’s going to be a new world, everything is going to change.
It’s not true because you have everything that you have behind and you cannot disrupt what exists
in reality. So in the building it’s going to be the exactly the same thing, you’re going
to make the most of what you have. You’re going to have industry partners that are going to
be specialized in progressing and evolving those buildings and you’re going to have others
that are specializing in greenfield deployment that can actually start from scratch. That
can be a little bit more on the edge on deployments. But you also have to take the entire legacy
environment to deck level.