PLP Architecture and PLP Labs have, as part of an Urban Land Institute (ULI)-led team, launched a new report ‘Zooming in on the “S” in ESG: A road map for social value in real estate’. The publication gives guidance to the industry on incorporating social value into corporate strategy, business practices and even investment theory.
‘Know Your Health’ is an online tool and downloadable guide, created with partners Centric Lab and Comuzi, to help people living in cities to identify how their environment is impacting their health, and then empower them to improve their situation and long-term health resilience as individuals and a community.
Wearables in the Workplace investigates the potential for using wearable technologies as a way to assess occupant health and wellbeing in offices. In an in-house pilot study, the research team gathered data from a collection of participants, who wore the technologies in various workplace scenarios. Daily biological and habitual data was collected to evaluate whether these technologies are viable tools for individuals to assess whether certain environments are beneficial to their wellbeing, health and productivity.
The global health crisis has had a tremendous impact on the built environment, creating disruption that has reverberated throughout our cities and the built environment industry, both locally and globally. ‘This changes everything’ explores the effect of the pandemic on fifteen different elements of the built environment, with each topic including an evaluation of key changes, suggestions on how to move forward, and a discussion with a leading voice in that particular field. Through three key chapters – ‘Overarching Themes’, ‘City Design’ and ‘Sectors’ – we investigate everything from Resilience, Construction, and Mobility, through to Open Space, Workplace and Homes.
PLP Labs led the development and creation of The Urban Land Institute UK’s Urban Art Forum’s (UAF) first publication, Including Culture in Development: A Step-by-Step Guide. Cultural placemaking has become a vital element for successful developments and is crucial for generating long-term economic and social return on capital investment. The guide provides clear and concise direction, along with effective methodology, and assists developers of the built environment to help improve the creation and integration of quality public art and cultural infrastructure within their schemes.
Fair Cities: Race and Space was the second event run by the Fair Cities Platform, a partnership between PLP Labs, Gehl and the Connected Places Catapult. The virtual roundtable brought together a group of key thinkers and decision makers from across the built environment sector, as well as experts on inequalities and race, to discuss the key issues around ethnicity, inequality and the urban environment and what the built environment community needs to be doing better.
The Fair Cities Platform was launched with an event exploring how to both improve and measure social value within development. The event was attended by guests from a wide range of industries and backgrounds and organised jointly by the Fair Cities Platform steering group, which is comprised of PLP Labs, Connected Places Catapult and Gehl.
Lionheart is a poet, BBC radio DJ and spoken word performer who, amongst many other things, has been embedding himself in architecture offices around the globe to explore the relationship between spaces and emotion. In April 2019, he took up a residence position in PLP’s studios to engage with team members in one-on-one sessions. Through his therapeutic approach, he sought to bring to the surface subconscious connections between how architects felt and designed. These ideas were then transposed into Lionheart’s preferred medium of poetry, resulting in a series of pieces that explore this relationship.
In the near future, robots, powered by cities that are increasingly aware and intelligent, will solve mobility in increasingly automated ways. Lifts, trains, cars will be replaced with integrated transport protocols that can free movement from today’s two-dimensional topology; rendering cars, trains and lifts obsolete. What will our cities look like when free from these legacy transport technologies?