“In all affairs it´s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted,”

said the British philosopher Bertrand Russel.

As our world goes through deep transformation with ever-faster changes, it also impacts our everyday business in a way that we might have to re-think architecture and the way we build and what we build. In this regard, the transfer of know-how and collaboration beyond boundaries becomes increasingly important. Therefore, the Anglo-German expert talk was seeking answers and discussed the advancements in real estate and city developments, the use of BIM and CityBIM, Lean Design Management as well as the potential obstacles we might encounter as industry professionals.

Please find below some ideas, aspects, impressions of the day and excerpts from the presentations. If you are interested in the complete presentations, please contact the respective speakers directly.


Aspects discussed regarding Project Management

• Quality is more important than speed! There should be more time for design.

• Prototype vs iconic buildings – Is there a market for repeatable architecture?

• What can we learn from the automotive industry? Could there be a knowledge transfer into the construction industry regarding design and production?

• There is a need for more integrated collaboration.

• Communication is the key to developing good projects.

• Does a separation between QS and PM make sense in the future?

• Flexibility in planning – How is it possible to integrate changes in design without causing disruption or delay?

• Design is global – construction is local! How can we bridge the gap?

Aspects discussed regarding Digital Blue

• How does CityBIM work for big cities like London?

• What about security? Who can/will interact with my building?

• What about the combination of building data and production data in industry?

• BIM will be relevant for insurance, and for buying/selling real estate – better data, better sale.

• How do you educate clients and investors about BIM?

• When will BIM be worthwhile for small projects?

• Are we locked into our data collection methods already? Will BIM also impact the design itself and give rise to new forms?

• Who will agree to hand out data?

• How many parameters can we actually influence?

Aspects discussed regarding Lean Design

• The definition of a project should be very precise so that there is transparency and the client is integrated.

• Lean is also a task for the company!

• Storage on site for bigger deliveries, integrated logistics concept

• Why is there no digital system?

• What is the incentive for showing a problem in LSM?

• "We at Bosch see the advantages!"

• Deciphering human codes, not computer codes – it is all about changing the minds, behaviours and rituals.

Aspects discussed regarding Blue Buildings

• Knowledge is power – with precise information about the user behaviour, we can reach the next level of building efficiency

• Currently, this high level of smartness is only feasible for flagship projects like the Cube in Berlin, but not for the majority of buildings – in particular existing buildings

• What about the privacy and how can we assure the data security?

• The benefits of smart and fully integrated buildings are obvious

• All experts agreed with unanimous opinion, the digital transformation is irresistible and everybody is very excited to hear and learn by this experience

• Smart buildings will open up new and innovative business models

• A challenge will be to integrate smart and high efficient buildings into great architecture – e.g. if everyone walks the most efficient way through a building, how can we provoke sudden and fruitful encounters?

“Based on a deep market research, Munich Airport found out that lots of large corporate companies are looking for a place to test, develop and prototype innovation and innovative products and services in an urban context. With the idea of LabCampus the Airport Munich satisfies this demand, creating a new and neutral platform of urban and industrial collaboration.”

Jens Hassler, Airport Munich

“Technology will not be enough to create future spaces. In fact, you need an overall architectural idea where design creates the armature of flexibility, wellbeing and creativity.”

Charles Olsen, Kohn Pedersen Fox International PA

"As corporate real estate managers, we have to analyse carefully which workforce is using a certain office space. Is it the boomer generation who wants single offices and hardly no change or is it the digital generation which prefers strong wifi, free coffee and red bull?”

Andreas Rohregger, GE

“Flexibility in London office space is not only limited by the costs of implementing flexibility, but standard non flexible Grade A office space will be viable for the next decade or so. Brisac Gonzalez is currently working on a host of multi-purpose projects in Central London.”

Edgar Gonzalez, Brisac Gonzalez


The companies highlighted in blue were represented by a speaker.


Monika Edhofer, Telephone +49 89 149816-4838, monika.edhofer@dreso.com

Peter Prischl, Telephone +49 711 1317-1830, peter.prischl@dreso.com

Götz Schönfeld, Telephone +49 711 1317-1911, goetz.schoenfeld@dreso.com

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