Putting the Fun in Fundamental

I recently read Heatherwick’s book, Humanise: A Maker’s Guide to Building Our World. It’s a great read and something that everyone involved in the built environment should have a flick through. In it, he calls to end the blandemic of boring that we have in the monotony of our contemporary buildings and create a more […]

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4 Predictions for 2024

In his January 2024 column, Dr. Marson predicts trends in the smart buildings industry:
1. Widespread adoption of generative AI
2. Formation of more in-house smart building teams
3. Rationalization of the PropTech start-up market
4. Delays in achieving net zero carbon targets due to the pandemic. These changes will shape the future leaders in the industry.

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How to Stop Your Smart Technology from Ageing

In the December 2023 column, Matthew Marson discusses strategies to prevent smart technology obsolescence in buildings, drawing from his experience with Europe’s largest commercial building. He highlights the need for a proactive approach, suggesting lifespan expectations for building elements and advocating for a microservices architecture to enhance agility and relevance.

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Retrofit reasons to be cheerful

The Smart Buildings Show discussed the challenges and opportunities of retrofitting. Retrofits have the potential to enhance building capabilities, but face barriers like confusion over the term and resistance to digital transformation. Collaboration among industry bodies and sharing of case studies could help define strategies, while repurposing existing technology can reduce costs and boost sustainability.

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The RIBA Plan of Doesn’t Work

The author critiques the RIBA Plan of Work for not effectively integrating smart building design. He advocates for early involvement of designers, agile project management, and procurement processes to match market capabilities. The columnist anticipates changes under the new RIBA President Muyiwa Oki and invites readers to join a taskforce for standard PoW overlay.

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Do We Have An Honesty Problem?

In his September 2023 column, Dr. Matthew Marson addresses the integrity issues within the PropTech industry, highlighting misleading marketing claims and dishonest practices. He warns readers to verify vendor claims and emphasizes the importance of credibility in decision-making. As an experienced leader in Smart Buildings, Dr. Marson provides insightful observations on industry challenges and trends.

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Come With AI If You Want To Live

In his August 2023 column, Matthew Marson reflects on the parallels between modern AI capabilities and those of the Terminator’s Cyberdyne Systems Model T101. He expresses a mix of optimism and cynicism about AI’s potential in smart building design, expressing concern about potential drawbacks and the impact on design uniqueness.

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Are We Getting What We Need From PropTech Conferences?

In the June 2023 column, Matthew Marson reflects on the lack of meaningful progress in PropTech conferences, emphasizing the need for genuine insights and practical learnings. Despite disappointment, he notes a prevailing optimism for technology in the industry. He encourages speakers to consider audience engagement and niche perspectives for more impactful conference experiences.

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